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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

  • Get Out

    Get Out: Anchorage Golf Course

    by Brett Shepard on Apr 16, 21:45

    The snow is long gone in Anchorage and it looks and feels like spring has sprung. One of the sure signs that winter is over is when the golf courses open. Many of them are already open in Southcentral Alaska and in this week’s Get Out I worked on my swing. Thanks to our snow-free winter, golf […]

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    Get Out: Alaska Unicycle Group

    by Brett Shepard on Apr 09, 20:42

    For some people, cycling on something with two wheels is a good challenge. But for one group in Anchorage, they like to take it up a notch and travel the city on one wheel. In this week’s Get Out I give it a go on a unicycle. “The history of mountain unicycling starts in Alaska,” according […]

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    Get Out: Ceili Dancing

    by Brett Shepard on Apr 03, 11:14

    St. Patrick’s Day may have come and gone, but traces of the Irish spirit are around Anchorage all year. Especially when it comes to dancing. A few weeks ago I put my best foot forward and tried contra dancing. Now I’m at Snow Goose Restaurant and Brewery for some traditional Irish dancing. “So this is ceili, […]

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    Get Out: Anchorage Snowmobile Club

    by Brett Shepard on Mar 27, 7:49

    The calendar may already say it’s spring, but if you are like me and can’t let go of winter, there is fun to be found even in this low-snow year. In this week’s Get Out, I found one spot where winter is holding on and you get to go along for the ride. The scenery, […]

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    Get Out: Hilltop Ski Area

    by Brett Shepard on Mar 12, 22:25

    March is normally the best winter month in Alaska for sunshine and snow. We have the sunshine, but the snow has been in short supply. Because of the month’s reputation, I told my dad it would be a good time to visit. He was disappointed in the lack of snow, but I promised him we’d find it. […]

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    Alaska February climate numbers

    by Brett Shepard on Mar 03, 15:28

      February 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 “winter that wasn’t” continued into the month of February as it was warmer than normal for […]

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    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 […]

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    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 […]

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    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 […]

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    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 […]

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    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 […]

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    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 […]

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    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 […]

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    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, […]

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    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. […]

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    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 […]

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    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 […]

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    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 […]

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    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 […]