Active week ahead for Southcentral
It's been a fairly dry day across Southcentral today, following the wettest day we've seen since late May. Many locations across Southcentral picked up anywhere from a tenth of an inch to just under 2 inches of rain. It certainly has been extremely beneficial for a region that has been in an extreme drought for several weeks. Anchorage itself picked up around six tenths of an inch, which is nearly 80 percent of all the rain that fell during the summer months.
While we were practically dry for most of the day today, an active weather pattern is unfolding that will send a series of storms barreling across the state. The first will be a very weak upper level disturbance that will interact with our system from yesterday. This will lead to some spotty to isolated showers through the day Monday, with many locations likely seeing less than a quarter of an inch. It certainly won't be the rainmaker we just dealt with, but any amount of rain will be beneficial to the region.
The biggest impact for rain looks to arrive by the end of the week. A very strong storm looks to develop in the Bering Sea, this combined with moisture from multiple typhoons in the Pacific Basin, will open the door for a very wet end to the week. While the greatest concentration of heavy rain looks to fall across the Aleutians and Southwest, the system will still have some steam with it as it pushes over the Alaska Range and impacts Southcentral by weeks end.
Have a great Monday!
-Meteorologist Aaron Morrison