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Records tumble in hot, dry spell
by Peter J Mladineo
May 19, 2014 | 312 views | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Kodiak broke another record high on Saturday with the possibility of a monthly dry record. But is that a harbinger or a mirror opposite of the forecast for later this week during CrabFest?

“Yesterday (Saturday) was a big record — 77 degrees. The previous record was 68 in 2002,” said Craig Eckert, station chief for the National Weather Service in Kodiak.

“The forecast high for today (Sunday), 70. So the forecasts are at least tying the record,” Eckert added.

In fact, May has had record-levels of dryness thus far. By his count, rainfall levels are ten times beneath the norm for this time of year.

“We’re had a long dry stretch here with everything has dried out. For the month of May we have 0.31 inches (of rain). That’s it,” Eckert said.

Normal rainfall for all of May is 3.06 inches.

The challenge for Kodiak is meteorological payback. Usually stretches of sunny and dry weather are followed by cool and fog, and also rain. Based on that pattern, Crab Festival, beginning on Thursday, could see some clouds or rain.

“It looks like some showers around late Thursday night or Friday,” he said.

The Daily Mirror will continue to monitor the Crab Festival forecast.
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