Storm brings record-setting heat, high winds, and heavy rain to Southcentral
Before the rain moved in and winds picked up Wednesday, it was warm in Anchorage! Ted Stevens International made it to 60°, tying the record high temperature for October 10th.
The normal high temperature this time of year is just 44°. Anchorage was warmer than Denver, Salt Lake City, Wichita, Minneapolis, and Missoula. To find a 60° day later in the season you have to go back to October 13th, 1969, which is the latest in the year Anchorage has ever recorded 60°.
It didn't stay 60° for long though. Between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., the temperature dropped 10° as a storm moved in from the south.
Heavy rain and pockets of hail hit the bowl just before the evening commute. Anchorage ended up with about 0.2" of rain, which moved through relatively quickly. Further east it was wet for most of the day near Portage where more than 2" of rain fell!
This storm also packed a punch when it comes to wind. Most of Southcentral saw gusts between 30 and 40 mph, but wind gusts reached over 75 mph in the Turnagain Arm and near Glen Alps.
Breezy winds will continue through the night with the higher gusts dropping to around 25 mph Thursday. Most of the rain has tapered off, but be prepared for isolated showers Thursday.
Another round of rain and wind moves in late Friday, continuing into Saturday. Stay tuned to the KTVA Weather Center for your local forecast.
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