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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

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    Daybreak weather, August 22

    by Brett Shepard on Aug 22, 7:46

    Skies will become partly cloudy by this afternoon in Southcentral. Into the southeast, skies will be mostly to partly cloudy. In the Interior, skies will be mostly sunny. On the North Slope, skies will be mostly cloudy with patchy fog. Out west, skies will be mostly to partly cloudy. Into the southwest, skies will be […]

  • Mt. Marathon Race

    Mt. Marathon: race day forecast

    by Brett Shepard on Jul 03, 11:38

    Friday’s forecast looks great for all of the Mt. Marathon races. Take the sunglasses and sunscreen with you to Seward. Offshore winds will initially be out of the north, causing a temperature spike early in the day. By start time of the women’s race, we should begin to see onshore winds coming off of the […]

  • Stories

    Alaskans see cooler-than-average June temperatures

    by Brett Shepard on Jul 03, 9:20

    June 2014 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 – Overall the month of June was cooler than normal for most of Alaska. It was slightly drier than […]

  • Get Out

    Get Out: Denali Zipline Tours

    by Brett Shepard on Jun 25, 7:45

    Talkeetna is best known as the takeoff point for those wanting to climb Denali. But for those not ready for the adventure of climbing North America’s tallest peak, Talkeetna offers up some less strenuous and dangerous adventures. James Gaddis and I recently headed north to hang out in the trees around Talkeetna. “Whenever you do […]

  • Stories

    Rainfall prompts Interior flood advisories

    by Brett Shepard on Jun 19, 10:28

    Interior Alaska has been getting some much-needed rain the past couple of days and the rain continues to fall this morning. So much rain has fallen that flooding is becoming a concern along many streams and rivers to the east and southeast of Fairbanks. Rain will begin to taper off later today, but another round […]

  • Stories

    Alaskan communities see warm, dry May

    by Brett Shepard on Jun 03, 11:37

    May 2014 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 – Over all, the month of May was warmer and drier than normal for most of Alaska. The main […]

  • Get Out

    Get Out: Alaska ATV Club

    by Brett Shepard on May 16, 9:08

    There are many different ways you can explore Alaska, and this week I got out to an amazing part of the state by one of the most fun ways possible — ATV. I met up with the Alaska and Mat-Su ATV clubs in the Jim Creek area near Butte. It’s a pristine part of our […]

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    Get Out: Cook Inlet Archers

    by Brett Shepard on May 09, 9:05

    This week I got out of Anchorage and headed to Chugiak to take aim at a sport that has gained popularity recently thanks to a major book and movie series. Archery is something I have only attempted a few times, but I decided to try my hand at it again this week with the Cook […]

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    Get Out: Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center

    by Brett Shepard on May 01, 18:48

    This week’s edition is for the animal lovers. We went to Portage for an up-close look at a unique park in this beautiful corner of the state. Portage is at the end of the Turnagain Arm and is one of the most scenic spots in Southcentral Alaska. There are a large number of animals that […]

  • Weather

    Weather Links

    by Brett Shepard on May 01, 15:06

    Aurora & Astronomy Forecast Geophysical Institute Aurora Forecast – http://www.gi.alaska.edu/AuroraForecast US Naval Observatory Sunrise & Sunset Times – http://aa.usno.navy.mil/data/docs/RS_OneDay.php NOAA/NWS Space Weather Prediction Center – http://www.swpc.noaa.gov   Air Quality & Pollen Anchorage Pollen & Mold Count – http://www.muni.org/Departments/health/Admin/environment/AirQ/Pages/AirQualityPollen.aspx Anchorage Air Quality – http://www.muni.org/Departments/health/Admin/environment/AirQ/Pages/AQI.aspx Alaska Air Quality Advisories – http://dec.alaska.gov/Applications/Air/airtoolsweb/Advisories Alaska DEC Division Of Air Quality […]

  • Get Out

    Get Out: Golf in Alaska

    by Brett Shepard on Apr 24, 16:47

    Record warm temperatures this week have many itching to get outside and take part in summer activities, but in the Matanuska Valley one popular summer activity is already in full swing. Golf season is typically pretty short in Alaska. That was certainly the case the past two seasons. The low amount of snowfall this spring […]

  • Get Out

    Get Out: Alaska Rock Gym

    by Brett Shepard on Apr 18, 10:17

    Climbing season is just around the corner, and one of the busiest spots prior to the start of the season is the Alaska Rock Gym. Last week, I attended one of their beginner lesson sessions. It’s a perfect class for the new climber or someone looking for a refresher. “I would say that across the […]

  • Get Out

    Get Out: Spring skiing

    by Brett Shepard on Apr 10, 19:25

    Many of us are getting the spring itch, but there is still plenty of winter fun to be found throughout Alaska. If you are one of those people who just can’t get enough of winter, then this week’s Get Out is just for you. Spring is my favorite time of year to hit the slopes. […]

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    Get Out: Tuesday Night Pub Runs

    by Brett Shepard on Apr 03, 22:56

    Are you looking for a fun and free way to get outside, make some new friends  and get in shape? Then the Tuesday Night Pub Runs might be the event for you. Registration begins at 5 p.m. and the run has a rolling start between 5:30 to 6 p.m. every Tuesday night at Skinny Raven […]

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    Get Out: Ski Train

    by Brett Shepard on Mar 27, 23:38

    It has been an annual spring event for more than 40 years in Alaska – The Nordic Skiing Association of Anchorage Ski Train. The NSAA charters a train with the Alaska Railroad each year and takes more than 700 skiers and volunteers on a trip northward to Curry, Alaska. Curry is located about 10 miles north […]

  • Get Out

    Get Out: Snow Tubing

    by Brett Shepard on Mar 20, 20:12

    ANCHORAGE - We got dumped on in Anchorage last weekend and that had many, such as myself, heading outside to play in some of the nicest snow we have seen all season. Snow tubing at Arctic Valley Ski Area seemed to be the appropriate place to play. “We opened a little late this year because of […]

  • Stories

    NOAA: Alaska could see early spring

    by Brett Shepard on Mar 20, 10:08

    ANCHORAGE – On this first day of spring, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released its annual spring forecast. This is an extended three-month forecast for the months of April, May and June. The forecast includes how temperatures these three months will compare to the average, and it also shows whether precipitation will be normal, […]

  • Stories

    The science of spring equinox

    by Brett Shepard on Mar 19, 11:30

    ANCHORAGE – Tuesday, Anchorage topped 12 hours of sunlight and today it’s up to 12 hours and 9 minutes of sunlight. The spring equinox, though, isn’t until March 20. Equinox is Latin for “equal night,” so why don’t Alaskans see an equal length of day and night on the first day of spring? Why does […]

  • Get Out

    Get Out: Skijoring

    by Brett Shepard on Mar 13, 8:08

    Anchorage has miles and miles of trails throughout the city, and there are countless ways you can explore the network of paths. In this week’s edition of Get Out, I looked at one of the more unique ways to venture around Anchorage — and your favorite four-legged friend gets to go with you. “It’s such […]

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    Get Out: Learning to mush

    by Brett Shepard on Mar 06, 15:34

    ANCHORAGE - We are in the middle of the Iditarod and you might be wondering how the mushers in the race got their start in dog mushing. In this week’s edition of Get Out, I hit the trails to show you don’t have to go very far to get a taste of this exciting sport. The […]