It has rained during nearly every Tanana Valley State Fair over its nearly century-long history, but Friday and Saturday's deluge was one for the record books.
The rain started Friday, the opening day of the fair, and by Saturday at 3 p.m., 2.01 inches had fallen, according to climatologist Rick Thoman on Twitter. That amount is "more than has fallen in the ENTIRETY of any other TVF," he tweeted. The next closest was 1.96 inches during the 1996 fair.
Because of the heavy rainfall, the fair closed early on Friday night.
Rain is affecting other areas of the state, with coastal villages such as Kotlik and Kotzebue reporting flooding. Nome received record rainfall on Thursday and Friday and streams and rivers throughout the Seward Peninsula, as well as Interior Alaska are rising rapidly.
The Salcha, Chena, and Chatanika rivers and streams and medium-size rivers north and west of Fairbanks are running high, according to the National Weather Service. Small streams in this area could see minor flooding.
The Jim River, which flows near the Dalton Highway, washed across it between Miles 142-145, more than two feet deep in places, according to the Alaska Department of Transportation. As of Sunday morning, the Dalton was open through this stretch, with significant damage to the road shoulders.
Over a 48-hour period, Nome received 2.47 inches of rain; Angel Creek reported 2.69 inches and 2.01 inches was reported at Fairbanks International Airport. Another round of rainfall is expected starting early Monday, which could drop another inch over the Fairbanks area, according to the National Weather Service.
The rain suppressed the wildfires burning north and northeast of Fairbanks in the Yukon Flats and near Chalkyitsik, but windy conditions and drier weather are forecast for early this week.
According to the Alaska Fire Info site, "Fire indices (Fine Fuel Moisture Code and Drought Moisture Code) have dropped significantly with Saturday’s wetting rain but are already starting to rebound given how dry the fuels were before the rain. One to three days of drying could bring the forest fuels back to burnable levels."