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2014 September Monthly Report


Like July and August, the month started off with a record rainfall in Fairbanks on the 1st, and heavy rain across the Western, Interior and Northern parts of the State for the 1st and 2nd, generating yet another round of flood watches for the Interior rivers. Winter storm warnings were also issued for the Northeastern Brooks Range and Denali park area with up to 8" of snow predicted for the Atigun Pass. McKinley Park saw up to five inches. Fairbanks officially dropped below freezing for the first time in the fall on the 4th at 26°F, three days earlier than normal. Also on the 4th heavy rainfall was predicted for the Southcentral area. This heavy rain resulted in the closing of the Copper River highway, and Eyak Lake Road near Cordova, as well as problems along the Richardson Highway east of Valdez.

A fall windstorm knocked out power in the Mendenhall Valley and other areas near Juneau on the 21st. Heavy snow was once again predicted north of Fairbanks with up to six inches for the Atigun Pass on the 23rd. This fell as rain in the Fairbanks area, then froze overnight leading to several accidents being reported the next day.