Wet weather drenched some more than others

Posted: Tuesday, February 14, 2006

How much precipitation one saw on the Kenai Peninsula over the past week really depended on where you were, said David Vonderheide, spokesperson for the National Weather Service.

Between Thursday and Monday, Homer got 1.7 inches of rain equivalent measured at Homer Airport. It fell as rain in Homer proper, but on the bluff and in the backcountry it came down as six to eight inches of snow.

To the north, a gauge at Kenai Municipal Airport measured only about .22 inches of rain over the five-day period, but east of Sterling, a gauge on the Kenai River measured 2.56 inches over the same time span.

Cooper Landing got almost 2 inches, while Seward got 4.34 inches, and a gauge at Six Mile Creek near Hope tallied 5.44 inches.

Runoff from melting snow and rainfall during the warm spell Thursday, Friday and Saturday turned many residential roadways into canals and driving got tricky — even hazardous.

Temperatures fell again Monday, but forecasts called for generally mild weather in the 20s and partly cloudy conditions through much of Wednesday, with a good chance of more snow come Wednesday night, Vonderheide said.

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