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More weather records set this year


Petersburg saw more weather records broken this year as Hurricane Oho brought warmer tropical weather to the region.

October 8 and 9 saw record highs and warmest lows.

October 8 the record setting high was 60 F and October 9 was 61 F. The previous record was set in 1993, with temperatures of 59 F and 57 F respectively.

High lows also broke records on the same days. October 8 saw 53 F and October 9 saw 50 F beating 1976s 48 F and 49 F on the same two days.

Juneau’s National Weather Service Meteorologist Geri Swanson said Oho originated northeast of the Hawaiian Islands and made a north northeast track almost directly into Southeast Alaska.

“Normally they’ll (storms) go west and by the time they get to us they’ll have diminished to a tropical storm,” Swanson said. “We get rainfall, but not the high winds. For it to make a straight track is kind of unusual.”

Petersburg saw record-breaking rainfall for two days in late August and a record breaking rainy month last January. Petersburg also experienced a record-breaking dry spell in May, with less than an inch of rain that month.


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