FAIRBANKS — Not even one week into August, summer 2014 has reached second place for the most rain on record, and is only half an inch from the record.
As of 1 p.m. Tuesday, 11.05 inches had fallen at Fairbanks International Airport since the beginning of June, approaching the all-time summer record of 11.59 inches, which was set in 1930. Summer 1967, which had 10.67 inches, is now third all-time. The summer season for record keeping includes June, July and August.
Between 1 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, 0.64 inches of rain fell at the airport. Rain totals varied across the Interior: Circle received 0.77 inches of rain, while Eielson Air Force Base recorded 0.56 inches. Almost 2 inches has fallen this August in Fairbanks.
Based on past numbers, there’s a good chance Fairbanks will set a new rainfall record, according to Rick Thoman, Climate Science and Service Manager at the Fairbanks National Weather Service office.
“In the last 100 years, only about seven Augusts have not received half an inch of rain between Aug. 6 and the 31st,” Thoman said.
Weather service Hydrologist Ed Plumb doesn’t expect any flooding on the main Chena, Salcha or Goodpaster rivers, but banks likely will rise to near full.
“It’s going to be close to the level they would potentially operate the flood control,” Plumb said.
The Little Chena drains into the main Chena downstream of the flood control project, which makes the level of the Chena in Fairbanks more unpredictable and could prompt action at the Moose Creek Dam.
Benjamin Bartos, NWS Meteorologist, said today shouldn’t be “as dreary,” but cloudy skies and rain showers will remain, likely for the rest of the week.
“There’s a very, very narrow band of precipitation that’s ‘training’ as we call it — steady in place — over Fairbanks,” Bartos said.
Contact staff writer Robin Wood at 459-7510.