Drought could increase costs of power

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) Below average rainfall has required some communities to switch to diesel power which increases monthly electric bills

    The reduction in rainfall totals has caused communities to switch from hydro-power to diesel  The region receives between 90 and 150 inches of rain each year. 

    The National weather service recently designated parts of the southern panhandle in the category of severe drought.

    For example Ketchikan has received 68.35 inches of rain since January.  That is 24 inches below normal.  October is usually a rainy month but the start of the month has held less rain than normal.


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