Rain chances look bleak to close out August
The driest summer on record continues for Anchorage, with little if no rain expected through the end of the month. This isn't good news for the many fires that continue to burn across Southcentral leading to poor air quality. Air quality advisories continue for Anchorage through Sunday, as levels are expected to fluctuate from moderate to unhealthy. An air quality for much of Southcentral will continue through the weekend as well, as smoke from fires will continue to impact cities, with air quality fluctuating between good and hazardous. Be mindful of the wind direction, as any location directly downwind from fires will likely see hazardous air quality.
Thankfully the winds will cooperate this weekend and be fairly light. This will prove useful in fighting the fires and prevent the fast spreading of them. However, we could see a brief uptick in winds Sunday. Winds will shift out of the southeast up to 15 mph and could lead to some fire concerns. Outside of air quality, a Dense Smoke Advisory is also in effect for the Kenai until Sunday morning. Visibility could be greatly reduced depending on winds and time of day, with the nights being the worst to travel.
While fairly seasonal conditions remain in the forecast for the next week, we need rain. The current pattern doesn't favor any significant rain in Anchorage, which continues to not only fuel many fires, but is leading to the driest and hottest summer on record. Late next week into early September could favor a pattern change that will not only bring cooler conditions, but could finally bring some much needed rain to drought ridden areas.
Stay safe and enjoy the weekend!
-Meteorologist Aaron Morrison