Thunderstorms produced record rainfall in Palmer Monday afternoon causing flash flooding and forcing closures of roads and businesses.

The storms developed Monday afternoon near Hatcher Pass and moved into Palmer shortly before 5 p.m. More than a third of an inch of rain fell between 5:30 and 6:00 p.m., with 0.44 inches adding up by 7 p.m. This amount of rain ties the record for daily rainfall at the Palmer Municipal Airport.

By the time these storms reached Anchorage, there wasn't enough energy for thunder and lightning, but we did see downpours and even a rainbow! 

We'll continue to see chances for isolated showers through the night, but it's back to mostly sunny skies for Tuesday. Temperatures will start out in the 50s, returning to the mid-60s in the afternoon.

Come Tuesday early evening, we'll see another chance for isolated thunderstorms developing across the higher elevations and moving from north to south across Southcentral. Keep your eyes and ears to the sky and remember, when thunder roars, head indoors and if you see flooding, turn around, don't drown. 

High temperatures will hold in the mid to upper 60s all week. 

-Chief Meteorologist Melissa Frey

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