August used to be the wettest month.
The sogginess thwarted my fall photography plans– arghh! The colors never popped. Except the sky was pristine blue, after having as many as 600+ fires in Alaska at one time, this summer.
US National Weather Service Alaska
The official September precipitation numbers are in! If you thought this month was rainier than normal in Anchorage, you’d be right. September 2015 is officially the wettest September on record for Anchorage. The new monthly record of 7.71″ replaces the previous record of 7.61″ that was set in 2004. The average September precipitation is 2.99″.
With an annual total of 15.01″, more than half of this year’s precipitation so far has fallen in September alone.
This is also the third wettest month in Anchorage since records began, with only August 1989 (9.77″) and August 1997 (8.37″) experiencing more precipitation.
This week’s storm dropped an official total of 2.8″ of snow at the airport. That accounts for all of this month’s snowfall and makes this September the fourth snowiest September on record.
Another article that I found two days later, after it had rained 14 days in a row. The chart shows how I got spoiled, photographing the fall colors in 2011:
Stubborn weather system pummels Anchorage with rainfall
September 15, 2015
A wet Tuesday in Anchorage marked the 12th day in a row that the city has seen measurable rainfall, with more precipitation on the way, according to the National Weather Service. The rain has pounded Alaska’s largest city and has already surpassed the monthly rainfall average for September — and is expected to continue for at least another week.
On average, the NWS says, Anchorage sees 2.99 inches of rain during the month of September.
“Now, (on Sept. 15) we’re at 3.27 inches and raining very hard,” National Weather Service meteorologist Joe Wegman said around 3 p.m. Tuesday.
This is the fourth consecutive year Anchorage has seen higher-than-average rainfall totals.