Saturday, August 28, 2010

Soaking rains for Fairbanks

5pm update:
rains have been showery but frequent since 9am. Storm totals include:
Eielson AFB: 0.97"
Keystone Ridge: 0.80" [thru 4pm]
Fairbanks Airport 0.73"
1 Mile Chena Hot Springs Road: 0.64"

The first stratiform rain since June began late Friday evening in the area, and by 9am Saturday had brought generally a third of an inch of rain or more to the area. It's a chilly rain at high elevation; 41F at Munson Ridge (3100'MSL) , but the freezing level is still a fairly high 6200'. Between the rain and the fact that it's the end of August, hopefully the Willow Creek fire will be squashed for good. It was quite stinky in town Friday once the SW winds started up.

Specific amounts include:

Fairbanks airport: 0.41
Eielson AFB: 0.65"
Clearly Summit: 0.57"
UAF West Ridge: 0.54"
Keystone Ridge: 0.44"
College 5NW: 0.40" (above Goldstream Valley)
Fort Wainwright RAWS 0.25"

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