Northwest Alaska Getting A Soaking
Some very wild wild weather has been hitting the northwestern part of Alaska the past few days.
Some very wild, wet weather has been hitting the northwestern part of Alaska the past few days.
Since Monday, Red Dog Mine has picked up 5 inches of rain, Kivalina has seen 3.5 inches of rain and Kotzebue has picked up 2.5 inches of rain. That is nearly a third of the annual precipitation this area of the state normally sees and it’s fallen in a short period of time.
As you can guess rivers in the region have risen - none quite as dramatically as the Wulik River.
It crested at 6 AM this morning at 15.31 feet. That was the highest the river has ever been recorded since record keeping began on the river in 1985. The old record was 12.21 feet set in 1994.
The bad news is that things could get worse for the region. This system is very slow moving and will continue to drop rain on the region through Saturday with models showing another 1 to 3 inches possible.
To make matters even worse models are also showing another system could affect the region next week.
7 Day Forecast For Anchorage
Overnight will be mostly cloudy with an isolated shower possible and lows in the upper 40s to low 50s. Friday skies will be mostly to partly cloudy with an isolated shower possible and highs in the low to mid 60s. Saturday the clouds will be on the increase with rain possible in the afternoon to evening hours and highs in the low 60s. Sunday and Monday will be wet with highs in the mid to upper 50s. Tuesday rain will taper off to showers with highs near 60. Wednesday and Thursday skies will be mostly to partly cloudy with highs in the low to mid 60s.