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Stubborn weather system pummels Anchorage with rainfall

A wet Tuesday in Anchorage marked the 12th day in a row that the city has seen measurable rainfall, with more precipitation on the way, according to the National Weather Service. The rain has pounded Alaska's largest city and has already surpassed the monthly rainfall average for September -- and is expected to continue for at least another week.

On average, the NWS says, Anchorage sees 2.99 inches of rain during the month of September.

"Now, (on Sept. 15) we're at 3.27 inches and raining very hard," National Weather Service meteorologist Joe Wegman said around 3 p.m. Tuesday.

This is the fourth consecutive year Anchorage has seen higher-than-average rainfall totals.

Wegman expected the rainfall total to change before the day's end, as the precipitation total is measured hourly by NWS, and rain was still falling steadily Tuesday afternoon.

September is Anchorage's second rainiest month, but what's causing the excess precipitation is a stagnant storm system picking up moisture from the Gulf of Alaska, Wegman said. And the storm isn't expected to go anywhere, anytime soon.

In the NWS seven-day forecast, rain is expected in Anchorage every single day for the next week.

Around 5:30 p.m., NWS reported Cambell Creek and Chester Creek saw rapid rises in water. The Lanie Fleischer Chester Creek Trail was expected to flood under the C Street bridge.

Megan Edge

Megan Edge is a former reporter for Alaska Dispatch and Alaska Dispatch News.