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Anchorage makes Weather Channel's top 5 worst summer weather in 2012

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Engineer Jennifer Luce with her haul of rescues, two furry ones.
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A member of the Mat-Su Borough Water Rescue Team.
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The flooded Seward Highway at MP 3.5. September 20, 2012
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Flooding on Seward's Nash Road at MP 0.25. September 19, 2012
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Flooded Exit Glacier Road in Seward. September 19, 2012
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Mike Morgansen bikes through a flooded tunnel in the Chester Creek greenbelt on September 20, 2012.
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A pedestrian on a flooded boardwalk on Campbell Creek. September 20, 2012
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Flooded Campbell Creek. September 20, 2012
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Flooded Campbell Creek. September 20, 2012
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Workers clearing debris below Seward's flooded Lowell canyon waterfall. September 20, 2012
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Flooded lot on Seward's Salmon Creek road. September 20, 2012
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Debris blocking a downtown Seward street. September 20, 2012
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The flooded Resurrection River in Seward. September 20, 2012
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Seward's Old Mill subdivision flooding. September 20, 2012
City of Seward via Seward Journal
Seward's Lowell canyon tunnel during the flood. September 20, 2012
City of Seward via Seward Journal
A flash flood hit a neighborhood in a cul-de-sac outside Wasilla. A flash flood had rescuers paddling 10 residents to safety at 1 a.m. Thursday morning, September 20, 2012.
Jon Burns / Manauska-Susitna Borough

Some people living in Anchorage may have suspected it early on this summer. Others may have clued in when news hit that Alaska’s largest metropolis had faced the fourth-rainiest July on record. But as summer advanced into autumn, and storm after storm battered the city, it became clear: This summer’s weather was really, really terrible.

For everyone in Anchorage who grumbled through the summer months, a bit of redemption comes, even as rain continues to pour on yellowing leaves: The Weather Channel has deemed Anchorage’s summer weather as one of the worst in the nation for 2012.

Citing frigid temperatures, an early frost “even by Alaska standards” on Sept. 9, and of course, a wind storm that cut out power to thousands during the first week of September, the Weather Channel places Anchorage first on its list of the top-five cities with the worst summer weather.

This summer was particularly temperamental for most locales in the U.S. The Weather Channel notes that with such “a wide range of unique weather events,” picking the top-five worst-weather locales got a little subjective. Many cities across the nation faced sweltering summer heat, and a crippling drought swept through the midwest, decimating crops. Meanwhile, Anchorage faced cold, wet conditions, and crops withered in the rain; Anchorage is the only location chosen by the Weather Channel for being too chilly this summer.

Other contenders for the summer’s worst weather include Colorado Springs, Colo., due to extreme heat, drought and fires, and Washington D.C., that faced a July registering as the second hottest month on record for the nation’s capitol, and a week without power during triple-digit temperatures.

Check out the entire list, here.