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Brett Shepard

Weather is my life. I have been forecasting the weather in Alaska since October 2002.

Stories by Brett Shepard

  • Forecasts

    Daybreak weather, Feb. 27

    by Brett Shepard on Feb 27, 8:22

    Southcentral One more day of sunshine for Southcentral then tomorrow we will likely see a little rain and snow return to the region. It will be short-lived though as sunshine returns for Sunday. Southeast A beautiful day in store for the Southeast with mostly sunny skies. Interior A quiet day with mostly to partly cloudy […]

  • Get Out

    Get Out: Full Swing Golf

    by Brett Shepard on Feb 26, 21:15

    Our recent warm spell in Alaska has many catching spring fever, and the bug has caught up with me. In this week’s Get Out I found the perfect prescription for that fever as I went indoors to get ready for one popular summer activity. Spring fever has me thinking about golf. Maybe Pebble Beach in California or […]

  • Get Out

    Get Out: Ice Fishing

    by Brett Shepard on Feb 20, 20:30

    The snow has been pretty horrible this year in Anchorage, but the ice has been nice. With the weather heating up recently the fish have really started to bite at local lakes. The snow is disappearing quickly, but so far the ice on lakes is holding strong. “Right now we have 20 inches of ice out […]

  • Get Out

    Get Out: Contra Dancing

    by Brett Shepard on Feb 12, 23:37

    Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. If you are looking for an idea, look no further than in this week’s Get Out. If dancing is something you would enjoy with that special someone I found just the spot to take them: contra dancing at Wendler Middle School. “Well, contra dancing is, the easiest way […]

  • Get Out

    Get Out: Arctic Valley Ski Area Open

    by Brett Shepard on Feb 05, 20:07

    Skiers and snowboarders now have another spot to shred the gnar. Last weekend Arctic Valley Ski Area just outside Anchorage was finally able to open and I was there to hit the slopes. Traveling to the end of Arctic Valley Road is like taking a ride back in time. To a time when ski ticket prices […]

  • Weather News

    January 2015 climate numbers for Alaska

    by Brett Shepard on Feb 02, 12:00

    January 2015 climate numbers for Anchorage, Annette, Barrow, Bethel, Cold Bay, Fairbanks, Juneau, King Salmon, Kodiak, Kotzebue, McGrath, Nome, St. Paul and Yakutat.  These numbers were compiled by data obtained from the National Weather Service. Synopsis – The month of January was warmer than normal for almost the entire state. It was much wetter than […]

  • Get Out

    Get Out: Learning to skate ski

    by Brett Shepard on Jan 29, 20:55

    “Mother Nature has smiled on us and we now have real snow and we’re also happy to have it back. You know winter has started again and here we go,” said Margaret Timmerman the recreation programmer with Anchorage Parks and Recreation Department. I always have my skis nearby and have made my way to Kincaid […]

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    Get Out: Learning to ski at Alyeska

    by Brett Shepard on Jan 23, 13:03

    The snow may be minimal in Southcentral Alaska but that’s not stopping me from getting out and finding spots to play. January is National Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month and in this week’s edition of “Get Out” I teach a couple of KTVA coworkers — Alexis Fernandez and Janessa Webb – the joys of downhill […]

  • Get Out

    Get Out: Hatcher Pass

    by Brett Shepard on Jan 16, 9:28

    It may be hard to believe, but there are rumors that there is actually a place not too far from Anchorage that actually has snow. In this week’s Get Out I traveled to a spot north of Anchorage to see if the rumors were true. The ski trails in Anchorage are pretty sad looking to say […]

  • Get Out

    Get Out: Manitoba Cabin

    by Brett Shepard on Jan 08, 19:11

    Alaska is a huge state, and it can be difficult to explore a lot of it with our limited road system. However, there are lots of cabins around the state that can make a trip into the backcountry easier and more comfortable. This past weekend, I traveled south with my basset hound, Einstein, and photographer, […]

  • Get Out

    Get Out: Speed skating in Southcentral Alaska

    by Brett Shepard on Jan 01, 21:07

    If you love snow, it’s been a tough winter so far in Alaska. The lack of snow, however, has created some of the best ice conditions in years here in the Southcentral. So this week, I decided to strap on the skates. I’m not just strapping on any skates, though. I’m looking for a little speed. […]

  • Get Out

    Get Out: Alaska Zoo Lights

    by Brett Shepard on Dec 26, 8:12

    This week, I traveled to the Alaska Zoo to see the fifth installment of Zoo Lights. It’s an event the whole family can enjoy, and it’s something that really brightens up our long, winter nights. It also gives you a chance to see what the zoo animals are up to during the nighttime hours. Some […]

  • Get Out

    Get Out: Brett takes a phat ride on a fat ride

    by Brett Shepard on Dec 18, 22:25

    It’s been a bleak winter for snow lovers like myself, but that’s not stopping me from getting out. This week I took part in one of the fastest growing sports in Anchorage. “Everyone has a fat bike now. Anchorage is the mecca of fat biking, so it’s great,” said Will Ross, race director of the Abominable […]

  • Get Out

    Get Out: Christmas trees on the Kenai Peninsula

    by Brett Shepard on Dec 11, 22:25

    It’s that time of year when many head out to look for the perfect Christmas tree. I recently headed south to the Chugach National Forest on the Kenai Peninsula in search of the perfect tree. I met up with Nick Racine with the U.S. Forest Service. “We invite folks if they’re interested to come on […]

  • Get Out

    Get Out: Alaska Horse Adventures

    by Brett Shepard on Dec 05, 8:30

    In a state where streets are ruled by SUVs and trucks it’s nice to go off-road, where horses roam the trails and hillsides. That’s where I met Joshua Hale with Alaska Horse Adventures, who gives you the impression riding comes as second nature for him. “I’ve grown up with horses. I think I rode a […]

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    Get Out: Hike it Baby

    by Brett Shepard on Nov 28, 10:26

    A few weeks ago we had a few ladies from Hike it Baby Anchorage on the Daybreak couch. Hiking and babies sounded like non-stop fun to me, so in this week’s Get Out I met up with a few of the members from the group for a hike on the Hillside at Prospect Heights trailhead. […]

  • Get Out

    Get Out: Evolve Yoga

    by Brett Shepard on Nov 20, 22:33

    Are you looking for a new way to stay in tip-top shape for all your outdoor adventures? If so, then this week’s Get Out is just for you. I recently went on a physical, mental and spiritual journey and found yoga. “We spend a lot more time sitting than we ever have in our entire […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    The least-snowy November in Anchorage history?

    by Brett Shepard on Nov 20, 12:18

    The only moisture we’ve seen lately in Anchorage is a cold November rain. Cue the Guns N’ Roses: The Numbers November is typically the second-snowiest month of the snow season for Anchorage. (The official snow season runs from July 1 to June 30 every year). The snowiest month of the season is typically December, according to […]

  • Get Out

    Get Out: Alaska Aviation Museum

    by Brett Shepard on Nov 13, 19:41

    One way Alaskans like to get out is by airplane: There are more pilots per capita in Alaska than anywhere else in the U.S. Flying is not only a way of life, but an ingrained part of Alaska’s history. “It’s a proven biological fact that any time spent in or around airplanes is not subtracted from […]

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    Get Out: Alaska Zoo

    by Brett Shepard on Nov 06, 21:06

      We are waiting for our first big snow and until it arrives, you can still find a lot to do outside if you look hard enough. This week’s Get Out is one for the kids or those of us who are young at heart. I visited the Alaska Zoo recently and found out there […]