September finishes wetter than normal, October following suit
September 2019 is going to be remembered as a month of heavy rain for Anchorage, which following one of our driest summers on record, was a huge relief for many areas suffering from extreme drought.
It rained 20 out of the 30 days this month and 10 of those days had a tenth of an inch or more. The total rain for the month was 3.76 inches for Anchorage which is 0.77 inches above average. This was the 18th wettest September out of the last 65 years.
Typically we start to see drier weather in October, but that won't be the case for the first week. A storm currently in the Gulf of Alaska will continue to spread scattered showers across Southcentral through Tuesday afternoon with the heaviest showers falling on the eastern side of the Kenai and across Prince William Sound. In addition to the rain, we'll also see breezy winds through Tuesday mid-morning. Gusts of 30 to 40 mph are likely for most of Southcentral with gusts to 55 mph near Kodiak.
While the center of this storm is over Southcentral, a front extending from it will bring heavy rain to Southeast. Yakutat already picked up more than 2 inches of rain Monday and another 1 to 2 inches is likely Tuesday. Juneau will end up with 2-3 inches and Sitka will see more than an inch. Further south the rain won't be as heavy, but half of an inch to an inch is likely for Petersburg and Ketchikan Tuesday. Most of Southeast will also see winds of 20-40 mph.
This storm wraps up Tuesday afternoon and we'll see a break in the action Wednesday. You can expect partly sunny skies and highs near 50°. Most of Thursday will be dry as well, but the chances for showers begin to increase Friday into Saturday.
Drier weather is on the horizon to start next week, but we're on track to get a strong shot of colder air in from the north, which will drop temperatures a good 10 degrees.
Chief Meteorologist Melissa Frey