The Tanana Valley State Fair started on Friday, which generally means the slippery slope towards winter is well underway. With Alaska’s size, each corner of the state has its own fair, as opposed to just one for the entire state.
The start of the Tanana Valley State Fair is known for the start of the rainy season. In fact, a booth at the fair gives away prizes for the guessing how much rain Fairbanks will get during Fair dates.
This year, that number is looking to be unusually low. No rain is in the forecast until the fair’s final days, which means attendance could be good after not having one last year. Although, I have heard from many people that they will sit this one out, due to the rise in Covid cases. Time will tell on both fronts.
We are looking at a very warm week here. Not Texas hot mind you, but mid to upper 80’s, which is definitely warm for Interior Alaska.
August 2nd, 2021 at 3:54 AM
It’s been dry here as well. Yesterday we had our first measurable rainfall since May 24th, which is very unusual for our region.
August 2nd, 2021 at 8:52 PM
The last I saw, as we approached the end of July, Interior Alaska was approximately 50% from normal in rainfall. I truly believe the wildfires have been kept at bay only because we were way above in snowfall last winter.