Story last updated at 4:04 p.m. Thursday, October 24, 2002

Recent weather pattern good for ducks, umbrella sales
by Chris Bernard
Staff Writer

It seems Southeast Alaska has come to the Kenai Peninsula, as Homer-area residents have endured nearly 10 straight days of rainfall, with more on the horizon.

The rainfall led the National Weather Service to issue a flood warning Wednesday for the Anchor River.

An extended forecast for the lower peninsula called for rain throughout the weekend, with a possible break on Monday. On Tuesday, the rain is expected to return.

According to NWS data, measurable precipitation has fallen in the Homer area every day but one since Oct. 14. On Oct. 16 it rained, but not a measurable amount.

This week saw the heaviest rain of the wet spell, with nearly an inch of precipitation -- .95 inches -- falling on Tuesday.

To put it into perspective, Alaska's rainiest town historically has been Ketchikan, with an average of nearly 200 inches of precipitation falling each year.

While that's sodden, it's nothing. Cherrapunji, India, boasts an average of 450 inches a year over the last three-quarters of a century, while Mt. Waialeale, on the island of Kauai, Hawaii, lays claim to 460 inches per annum over the past 32-year period.

If all this moisture has you feeling the need to get away, head to Arica, Chile. Over the past 59 years, residents there had to put up with a whopping 0.03 inches of rain per year, with one period of no rainfall at all that lasted 14 consecutive years.

Cheer up. It could be worse. In Coffeyville, Kans., in 1970, it hailed, with the skies unleashing one particular hailstone that later measured 17.5 inches in circumference.

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