Wettest stretch of weather in nearly 2 months
Anchorage has finally ended the dry and hot streak of weather that has gripped Southcentral for several weeks. With nearly .40 of rain that fell, it was the most that Anchorage saw in a single storm since May 26th. It's a welcoming trend for an area that has been reeling in heat uncommon for this area. While the bulk of the activity has shifted to the west and tapered off, some spot showers are still possible into the evening hours.
If you are a fan of the cooler weather, we'll see afternoon highs each and everyday hovering in the low to mid 60s. While it is seasonal for this time of year, it will feel cooler compared to the previous weeks. A few sprinkles can't be ruled out heading into Thursday as a weak upper level disturbance moves in from the east, but most locations will stay on the drier side. The best chance for any rain will be the Copper River Basin and points northeast.
Looking ahead to the weekend, some areas could be a bit on the wetter side. A rather strong storm system taking shape in the Bering Sea is set to impact us beginning late Friday. While the Alaska Range will eat away at most of the activity, some showers can't be ruled out across Anchorage and the Mat-Su Valley. However, areas that don't see rain will still be on the cooler side with cloudy skies.
If you're looking for the sun, you may have to wait awhile. The end of July promises to be fairly active and more seasonal and will likely carry on into August.
Have a great Thursday!
-Meteorologist Aaron Morrison