By DAVE KIFFER
August 16, 2010
One, Two, Three.waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!
No really, we do feel for our northern cousins in Los Anchorage!
Especially given the severity
of their suffering. As of August 13, 2010, they had had measurable
precipitation for 27 straight days, tying a record from 1951.
A few years ago, we had a summer from H-E-double-toothpicks in which there were only nine sunny days between Memorial Day and Labor Day and then there was 2008 in which we had 27 inches of rain in June-July-August. That was depressing. I feel Anchorage's pain.
But really it's hard to get all worked up over 27 days of rain. That isn't even a full month. Noah would have barely uncovered his cubit stick at that point.
Which of course begs the question, if we are mocking Anchorage's wet weather weenieness, just what is Ketchikan's consecutive rainfall record?
I don't know.
I once asked one of the Weather Gnomes at NOAA what the Ketchikan record was for most consecutive days of measureable precipitation. He snorted.
"I don't know" he said. "But you did have three consecutive days without precipitation in 1946."
I bet it's somewhere around two months of steady drizzle, but apparently no one is counting. It's like trying to determine consecutive smoggy days in Los Angeles. What difference does it make?
For my own amusement, I have been keeping track for the last decade or so. Every year we have a rain streak of more than a month and most years have 40+ day streaks. In 2005, we had a 47 day streak and no one built an ark.
Possibly because no one really knows how big a cubit is.
Also because no one wanted to have to round up two mosquitoes and two banana slugs.
As usual, I digress
Still, Anchorage is really, really concerned about this recent spate of bad weather.
The article from the Anchorage Daily News continues on.
"The summer has been one
of the coldest, gloomiest and wettest on record for Southcentral
Alaska because of a persistent low-pressure system that has been
stagnant over the Bering Sea since early June, according to the
Two weeks into August alone
shows an average daily high of nearly 70. My skin is peeling
just thinking about it.
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