By Caroleine James
Wrangell Sentinel 

Record rainfall recorded at Juneau last year, but nothing special about Wrangell's wetness


January 11, 2023

Caroleine James/Wrangell Sentinel

Bill Messmer holds the manual gauge that he uses to track rainfall in Wrangell. He also has a more complex gauge that can record wind speeds and other weather metrics.

Juneau saw record-breaking levels of rainfall in 2022, but National Weather Service measurements and the observations of local amateur meteorologist Bill Messmer suggest that Wrangell was spared the worst of the deluge.

Juneau's 2022 precipitation totaled 88.31 inches according to measurements taken at the airport. This was three inches wetter than the previous record set in 1991.

The National Weather Service hasn't recorded official stats for Wrangell precipitation in years, leaving the measuring task to curious locals without official government equipment or protocols.

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