As dark clouds fill the sky and puddles form everywhere, one may wonder if the rain will stop any time soon. The short and sweet answer: maybe.
According to Tom Pepe, meteorologist with the National Weather Service, the wet season is upon us.
“It is more typical to see this type of rainfall this time of year,” Pepe said.
Pepe said the record for consecutive days of rainfall in Alaska from 1915 to this year is 17. So far, he said we have had 13 consecutive days of rain, ranging from a drizzle to a downpour.
Mike Sweeney, owner of Sweeney’s Clothing in Soldotna, said sales of rain gear and outerwear have increased recently, and have been selling strong since August. He said customers are not just looking for the old-type rain slickers, but also pullovers and jackets.
Rain boots are another item he keeps in stock during the early fall months.
“Bogs sell very good this time of year,” he said
Precipitation measured at the Peninsula Clarion from Sept. 1-8 has totaled 2.29 inches. The National Weather Service, located in Anchorage, had a measurement of 2.16 inches for the same recording time.
As for the immediate future, Pepe said the chance of clear skies is a possibility.
“The flow pattern is indicative of the weather drying up,” he said. “But there is still a chance of precipitation.”
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