High water

High water persists on Sunday, July 31, 2016, on the Chena River with the second-most amount of rainfall on record for Fairbanks since June 1. 

FAIRBANKS — The combined months of June and July 2016 are shaping up to be the second wettest on record, a National Weather Service forecaster said Sunday. 

“It’s definitely quite a bit wetter than normal,” lead forecaster Bob Fischer said. 

Rainfall in Fairbanks was 8.16 inches, adding up both June and July, as of 3 p.m. Sunday. 

The record for the combined period of June-July was set in 2014 when 9.34 inches of precipitation fell in Fairbanks, Fischer said. 

July 2016 by itself is also one for the record books. Fischer anticipates it will rank fourth with 4.96 inches of rain. 

The rainiest July on record was in 2003 with 5.96 inches of rain.

Fischer is expecting things to dry up a bit going into August, though flood advisories in the Interior remain in effect — some through early Tuesday morning.

“There is still a lot of water coming downstream,” Fischer said.

The Chena River continues to flood a bike path that runs under the Barnette Street Bridge, and spot flooding has been reported in low-lying areas of Fairbanks. 

Rivers and small streams east of Fairbanks and the Elliott Highway, including the Chena River upstream from the Moose Creek Dam, are under a flood advisory lasting until early Tuesday.

A flood advisory is also in effect into Tuesday for streams and rivers between the Tanana River and the Yukon River from Fairbanks and the White Mountains to the west, according to the Weather Service.

A small stream flood advisory remains in effect for the streams draining on the north side of the Alaska Range, west of the Richardson Highway, until early Monday.  

“A lot of the rivers and steams are going to be at high levels,” Fischer said. “It’s going to take awhile for all of this water to run off.”

Contact staff writer Amanda Bohman at 459-7587. Follow her on Twitter: @FDNMborough.