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Record Rainfall for Southeast Alaska
by Mary Kauffman, SitNews


September 15, 2012

(SitNews) Ketchikan, Alaska - The series of fronts that moved across Southeast Alaska this week brought record level amounts of rainfall for the area.

As of 8 am Friday morning, Snettisham had received a record breaking 10 inches of rain. Rainfall records were broken in Annette, Klawock, Craig, Skagway and Sitka.

The latest front also brought in some high winds in the southern panhandle. Winds of 40 to 55 MPH occurred in Ketchikan, Wrangell, Hydaburg, Klawock and Coffman Cove. Additionally, Coffman Cove experienced power outages.

As of 8 am Friday morning Ketchikan had received a total of 5.11 inches of rain. No rainfall records were broken for Ketchikan. Current Ketchikan rainfall records for Sept. 12 - 14th are 3.01 inches in 2004, 2.65 inches in 1949 and 2.85 inches in 1949.

  New Record Previous Record

Sept. 12th 2.32 inches
Sept. 13th 1.61 inches

3.78 inches 2001
2.15 inches 2001
Craig Sept. 12th 1.98 inches
Sept. 13th 2.11 inches
Sept. 14th 0.85 inches
0.90 inches 2000
1.20 inches 1952
0.65 inches 1949
Annette Sept. 12th 2.71 inches 2.16 inches 1978
Sitka Sept. 12th 2.32 inches 1.83 inches 1979
Skagway Sept. 13th 1.03 inches 0.83 inches 2001

While Ketchikan is enjoying a sunny Saturday, the National Weather Service has issued a high wind warning from Saturday through Monday for the Anchorage area with southeast winds 35-50 mph with gusts of 60-75 mph in the Anchorage Bowl and lower hillside. Along Turnagain Arm and the upper hillside, southeast winds from 70-85 mph with gusts to 110 mph are expected. These winds will diminish to 65-80 mph Sunday evening.

A Flood Watch is in effect for Prince William Sound and the Eastern Kenai Peninsula Saturday evening through Sunday afternoon. This includes Whittier, Seward, Girdwood, Moose Pass, Valdez, Thompson Pass and Cordova. A period of heavy rain over 24-hours is expected to fall in this region with potential rainfall reaching between 4 and 7 inches with some areas in the mountains expecting upwards of 9 inches.


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