Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula experiencing drought conditions
KENAI, Alaska (AP) — Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula has gone without rain for more than three weeks, although experts believe some precipitation could arrive this weekend, a report said.
Kenai and the central peninsula have not received a measurable amount of rain since July, The Peninsula Clarion reported Tuesday.
Rainfall was last measured at 1 inch (2.54 centimeters) between July 26 and July 28, officials said.
The U.S. Drought Monitor placed the Kenai Peninsula in a moderate drought stage Aug. 8. The weekly monitor of national drought conditions updated the ranking Aug. 15 to severe drought for the Kenai Peninsula, part of the Matanuska Susitna Borough and Anchorage.
Kenai received 1.51 inches (3.84 centimeters) of rainfall between June 1 and Aug. 12, a nearly 40% decrease from the average 3.88 inches (9.86 centimeters) of rainfall for the area.
Kodiak Island is also experiencing a drought. Kodiak officials issued a statement Monday asking residents to take steps to help avoid a water supply shortage.
“After unusually hot weather and in preparation of a potentially dry fall, the City of Kodiak is asking customers for a voluntary reduction of water usage,” the statement said.
Kodiak receives its water from the Pillar Creek Reservoir and the Monashka Reservoir. The Monashka supplies an average of 6.3 million gallons (23.8 million liters) of water per day, officials said.
The dry weather has created conditions beneficial to wildland fires. The Swan Lake Fire near Sterling, which grew more than 62 square miles (161 square kilometers) in recent days, was aided by dry, windy conditions, officials said.
Information from: (Kenai, Alaska) Peninsula Clarion, http://www.peninsulaclarion.com