Wet weather turning stagnant

Posted: Monday, August 21, 2006

 

  Andrew Tunseth, James Gough and Kelvin Blanning go in circles as they mow a plot of grass alongside the Kenai Spur Highway for the city of Kenai recently. It's not likely the city will have to water the grass any time soon, as forecasters are calling for yet more rain. Photo by M. Scott Moon

Andrew Tunseth, James Gough and Kelvin Blanning go in circles as they mow a plot of grass alongside the Kenai Spur Highway for the city of Kenai recently. It's not likely the city will have to water the grass any time soon, as forecasters are calling for yet more rain.

Photo by M. Scott Moon

For those who are tiring of all the recent rainy weather, the news coming out of the National Weather Service Anchorage Forecast Office isn’t good.

“We’re not looking for any change anytime soon,” said Andy Brown, meteorologist, on Friday.

Although to many, the run of rainy days one after another seems unusual, Brown said it is not that abnormal for Alaska in August.

“The last couple summers were nicer, but this one is more on par,” Brown said, giving some explanation to why it appears wetter this year.

He said a ridge of high pressure over western Canada is not allowing a trough of wet weather to move east.

“The trough pumps up Pacific moisture, moving it down from Western Alaska to Southcentral,” he said. “We should stay in this pattern for awhile.

“It’s just a very stagnant pattern ... nothing is pushing it,” he said.

Brown said the forecast office is keeping “a chance of rain” in the forecast for at least the next five to seven days.

The precipitation total at the Kenai Municipal Airport through Friday was 2.17 inches.

Anchorage has officially received 2.2 inches of rain since the first of the month. The normal month-to-date rainfall for August is 1.53 inches in that city.

“So we are slightly above normal,” Brown said.

Temperatures for August are slightly below normal, but not much, according to Brown.

“We’ve been hitting 58 to 60 degrees for a high. Normally highs should be around 64 at the beginning of the month and in the high 50s toward the end of the month,” Brown said.



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