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Soggy start to October puts rainfall record in sight for Anchorage

Alaska Dispatch

Doused by an inch of rainfall in Anchorage on Saturday, October is already shaping up as one of the wettest ever for Anchorage – after a September that ended just shy of that month’s rainfall record.

The October precipitation mark for Alaska’s largest city is 4.28 inches, set in 2002. And just six days into the month, we are nearly halfway there, with 2.15 inches. But, of course, October precipitation can descend as either rain or snow. In 1996, for instance, Anchorage was blasted with more than 28 inches of snow.

A National Weather Service’s advisory warns of minor flooding in Ship and Chester creeks in Anchorage through 4 p.m. Monday, with “rainfall over the next 48 hours causing significant rises in streams and rivers in the Anchorage Bowl.”

Forecasters at the National Weather Service predict rain to continue into Sunday night – followed by clearing and sunshine. “On Monday,” forecasters predict, “high pressure centered in the Gulf of Alaska will spread over Southcentral, bringing a break from the wet pattern through mid-week.”

Such Western Alaska villages as Hooper Bay, Gambell, and Toksook took the brunt as the latest storm moved in from the west. 

“There’s been significant flood-related damage to boats in Toksook Bay,” said Hugh Dyment on the National Weather Service’s Facebook page.  “A barge with a load of gravel sank here on the Kuskokwim near Bethel.”