Ketchikan & The Liquid Sunshine Gauge

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Did you know that the fifth largest rain forest in the world is located in Alaska? The Tongass rain forest(17 million acres) is located in the vicinity of Ketchikan which gets average annual rain fall of 12.5 FEET! Here's the 2 story rain gauge that the downtown area has erected. We were there in Sept. and if you notice the salmon on the upper right edgeKetchikan of the gauge it's at 168" with 3.5 months still left in the year.

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Melissa Zavala
Broadpoint Properties - Escondido, CA
Broker, Escondido Real Estate, San Diego County

I've been to ketchikan but I sure do not remember that guage.

Aug 12, 2012 07:17 AM #9
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

I enjoyed this post and I am a lover of rain....mental note made here and thank you

Aug 12, 2012 07:26 AM #10
Adrian Willanger
206 909-7536 - Seattle, WA
Profit from my two decades of experience

Greg, located just north of where I live in Seattle, I never new there's a place that got more rain than Seattle. LOL

Aug 12, 2012 08:09 AM #11
Chris and Dick Dovorany
Homes for Sale in Naples, Bonita Springs and Estero, Florida - Naples, FL
Broker/Associate at Premiere Plus Realty

Learn something new about Alaska every day.  Terrific purchase, back in the day.

Aug 12, 2012 08:12 AM #12
David Burrows
Classic Realty - Fairfax, VA
No Pressure, Just Seriously Devoted to Real Estate

That is an incredible amount of rain. Alaska is truly an amazing State. Thanks for sharing today.

Aug 12, 2012 08:28 AM #13
Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor
Keller Williams Realty - Redlands, CA
(909) 557-6966, CDPE, SFR, CHS-Redlands/Loma Linda

Hi Greg,

I have been to Ketichan three times but do not remember this gauge. Alaska is my favorite state. I went to the salmon hatchery on the outskirts of Ketchikan and it was fantastic. There were probably about 50 bears there within feet of us at all times. I follow the weather and I know this was a very harsh winter in Alaska. Thanks so much for sharing your chart...I will look for it when I go back. I enhoy reading anything about Alaska Greg.

Aug 12, 2012 08:31 AM #14
Harry F. D'Elia
Real Estate and Beyond, LLC - Phoenix, AZ
Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR

Alaska is a state that I wish to explore since it is on West Coast and up there for all to enjoy

Aug 12, 2012 08:54 AM #15
Greg Miller
Ruoff Home Mortgage - Sarasota, FL
Florida Home Loans - Conventional,FHA,USDA,VA

Thank you all for stopping by and commenting on this picture. If you ever get a chance to visit Alaska, do it, it truly is an amazing place & so huge.

Aug 12, 2012 09:22 AM #16
Nan Jester
Exit Real Estate Gallery Jacksonville Beach, FL - Jacksonville Beach, FL
Realtor, Exit Real Estate Gallery

Would have never guessed. So intereseting to find out about other parts of the country. Thanks for the FYI.

Aug 12, 2012 11:24 AM #17
Pat & Steve Pribisko
Keller Williams Greater Cleveland West - Westlake, OH

Greg, we need some of that rain in Northeast OH.  Too many people are mowing hay....

Aug 12, 2012 11:28 AM #18
Greg Miller
Ruoff Home Mortgage - Sarasota, FL
Florida Home Loans - Conventional,FHA,USDA,VA

Nan- I would have never guessed it either.

Pat & Steve- I'm in northern Indiana, so I know eactly what you mean.

Aug 12, 2012 11:35 AM #19
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
Harcourts - The Carl Group - Camas, WA
REALTORs® in Clark County, WA

I grew up in SE Alaska, Juneau specifically. :) It's all true too, it takes a lot of rain to support a rain forest. 

Aug 12, 2012 12:09 PM #20
Laura Filip RE/MAX UTOPIA | 903-271-4978
RE/MAX UTOPIA , Serving all of Texoma - Whitesboro, TX
Your locally owned RE/MAX OFFICE

I had no ideal wow this is great news and what a perfect place to take a vacation and relax the day away with all of that rain send some our way please we really need it

Aug 12, 2012 01:03 PM #21
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Manassas, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Northern VA

I did an Alaskan cruise in the late 90's and was able to visit that rain forest and Ketchikan.  As I recall, Ketchikan is where there was quite a few stories of the oldest profession, and a few brothels.

Aug 12, 2012 04:18 PM #22
Greg Miller
Ruoff Home Mortgage - Sarasota, FL
Florida Home Loans - Conventional,FHA,USDA,VA

Chris you so right. I just happen to have a photo of the infamous Red Onion Saloon. The most well known brothel of the gold rush era

Aug 12, 2012 05:15 PM #23
Dale Samples
304.741.4705 • - Charleston, WV
REALTOR -Homes for Sale Charleston, West Virgini
12.5 FEET?!?!?! Wonder what their flood insurance is like? Alaska is the last place I would think have a rain forest. Would love to visit some day.
Aug 12, 2012 06:52 PM #24
Larry Bettag
Larry Bettag - Cherry Creek Mortgage - Saint Charles, IL
Regional Vice-President
My brother has spent some great time up there. I hear that it's just gorgeous in spite of the fact that it gets so much rain. Can I say....on "bucket list????"
Aug 12, 2012 09:05 PM #25
Christine Donovan
Donovan Blatt Realty - Costa Mesa, CA
Broker/Attorney 714-319-9751 DRE01267479 - Costa M

Greg - Rain forests in Alaska is not something that I would have considered.  That's a lot of rain.

Aug 12, 2012 11:44 PM #26
Laura Filip RE/MAX UTOPIA | 903-271-4978
RE/MAX UTOPIA , Serving all of Texoma - Whitesboro, TX
Your locally owned RE/MAX OFFICE

Vacation time here we come and I bet its cool up there as well. Awesome thank you

Aug 15, 2012 02:34 PM #27
Steve Hoffacker
Hoffacker Associates LLC - West Palm Beach, FL
Aging-In-Place Specialist-Instructor


That is a lot of rain, and it looks like they can prove it. :)


Aug 15, 2012 11:25 PM #28
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