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    Garden Report: Meet the man behind Anchorage’s curated exotic plant collection

    by Rachael Penton on Jun 30, 13:42

    Doug Tryck has a passion for collecting exotic plants. It’s a hobby he started when he was only seven years old, after collecting his first specimen: a white iris at what was at the time called Chester Creek Estuary. He says gardening runs in the family. His great grandmother and grandfather were both gardeners, and […]

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    This snow season will go down as one of the least snowiest on record

    by Rachael Penton on Jun 30, 12:37

    The end of June not only brings the long, midsummer days to Alaska, it also marks the official end of the snow season. The snow season runs from July 1 to June 30 each year. When the 2015-2016 snow season ends Thursday at 11:59 p.m., it will go down in the record books as the […]

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    Garden Report: Growing perennials in Alaska

    by Rachael Penton on Jun 23, 11:58

    Annuals are known for their bursts of color, but they only last for the season. Perennials are a long-term solution for gardens because they return to life every year. Some perennials — like ferns and hastas — are good for adding spots of green to your garden. Other perennials like roses, irises and lilacs have colorful […]

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    Alaska’s long days peak on summer solstice

    by Rachael Penton on Jun 20, 11:42

    Today is the summer solstice, the longest day of the year for most areas in the Northern Hemisphere. While most people celebrate the official start of the summer season all day long, the solstice is the actual moment in time when the sun’s rays pass directly over the Tropic of Cancer. In Alaska, that happens […]

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    Garden Report: Yes, you can grow tropical fruit in Alaska

    by Rachael Penton on Jun 16, 11:24

    Alaska is known for its cold temperatures, but it’s possible to bring a piece of the tropics to your Alaska home year-round. Tropical fruit plants, like pineapple and lemon, can be grown outside during the summer months. They thrive at temperatures between 55 and 85 degrees. However, they need to stay in pots so that […]

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    Garden Report: How to combat common garden pests

    by Rachael Penton on Jun 09, 13:05

    After a lot of hard work on your garden and yard, why let pests ruin its spectacular look? Garden pests can come in the form of weeds or bugs. Two of those found in Southcentral Alaska are bird vetch and spruce bark beetles, according to the UAF Cooperative Extension Service office in Anchorage. Bird Vetch […]

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    Alaska’s North Slope gets snow, while Southcentral, Southeast bask in warmth

    by Rachael Penton on Jun 09, 12:09

    It may be June, but that doesn’t mean the entire state of Alaska is basking in the sunshine and endless sunlight. A weather system is dropping fresh snow on the North Slope. A winter storm watch is in effect for areas north of the Brooks Range and east of the Dalton Highway. Locations from Wainwright […]

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    Alaska experiences record high spring temperatures

    by Associated Press on Jun 08, 11:40

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) – No one calls springtime in Alaska balmy but the state this year saw record high spring temperatures. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says Alaska for the first time in its modern climate record averaged 32 degrees for March through May. That surpassed by 2 degrees the previous record set in […]

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    Record rainfall recorded in Anchorage

    by Rachael Penton on Jun 07, 8:04

    Anchorage saw record setting rainfall Monday. At Ted Stevens International Airport, a record of 1.03 inches of rain was recorded. The amount surpassed the old daily rainfall record of 0.73 inches, which was recorded June 6, 1988. It was also the most significant rainfall amount the Anchorage area has seen since Sept. 8, 2015. Monday’s rainfall was also […]

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    Heavy rain leads to flood advisory for Anchorage

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Jun 06, 12:26

    The National Weather Service in Anchorage has issued an urban and small stream flood advisory for Chester Creek, Campbell Creek and Ship Creek. The advisory is in effect until 11:30 a.m. Tuesday. One road was briefly closed due to rising water: Turnagain Boulevard between Spenard Road and Borland Drive was closed after a nearby creek […]

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    Anchorage Fire Department issues fire danger alert ahead of holiday weekend

    by KTVA 11 News on May 27, 7:35

    Updated at 11 a.m. on Friday, May 27 Officials are warning campers and those looking to enjoy the holiday weekend outdoors to play it safe, and forget the fire. The Anchorage Fire Department issued a high fire danger alert for the Memorial Day weekend, citing continued warm and dry weather. A complete burn ban has […]

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    Garden Report: Memorial Day planting leads to Labor Day harvest

    by Rachael Penton on May 26, 10:54

    Memorial Day weekend marks the unofficial start of the outside planting season in Southcentral Alaska. The growing season is short, so there’s no time to waste when it comes to getting your summer vegetable gardens started. Darryl Leiser of Dimond Greenhouse in Anchorage says that cold climate plants like cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, kale and […]

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    Garden Report: No soil needed to grow air plants

    by Rachael Penton on May 19, 11:16

    It sounds too good to be true, but it isn’t. You can grow a garden of your own that will leave your hands sparkling clean. The Tillandsia, better known as the air plant, is a rootless plant that doesn’t need dirt to grow. They extract all the nutrients they need from air and water. These plants are […]

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    Fairbanks breaks 101-year-old high temperature record

    by Associated Press on May 16, 6:29

    FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) – The city of Fairbanks set new record high temperatures over the weekend, including one record set more than 100 years ago. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports (http://bit.ly/1TR9SEI ) that the temperature recorded Saturday at Fairbanks International Airport was 82 degrees, or 2 degrees warmer than the previous record set on that […]

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    Ice jams lead to disaster declarations, flood warning for northwest Alaska village

    by Melissa Frey on May 12, 17:44

    A community in northwest Alaska is on high alert, preparing for a possible evacuation. A Flood Warning is in effect for Deering until 3:45 p.m. Friday afternoon. Two disaster declarations have been issued as a result of the flooding, one by the Village of Deering and another by the Northwest Arctic Borough. The declarations free […]

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    Early summer temperatures spread across Alaska

    by Rachael Penton on May 12, 12:16

    It’s shaping up to be an early start to summer in Alaska. A jet stream has pushed to the northernmost portion of the state and is allowing a strong ridge of high pressure to build across the eastern half of Alaska. This means residents can expect sunny skies and soaring temperatures from southeast to the North […]

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    Barrow will see 24 hours of daylight for the next 82 days

    by Rachael Penton on May 10, 11:54

    The sun is shining in Barrow, Alaska — every minute of every day for the next 82 full days. The northernmost location in the United States saw it’s final sunrise of the season Tuesday morning at 2:42 a.m. It will stay above the horizon 24 hours a day until it sets again for a brief […]

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    Garden Report: Hardening off pampered plants

    by Rachael Penton on May 05, 11:49

    Temperatures in Alaska are warming, and the days are growing longer. However, that doesn’t mean it’s time to put your plants outside. After plants spend the winter months being “pampered” in greenhouses or inside homes, they need time to readjust to the elements. Hardening off plants is the process of getting them acclimated to outside […]

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    Garden Report: Thyme to start growing herbs

    by Rachael Penton on Apr 28, 13:04

    It’s shaping up to be a record-setting year in Anchorage. Ten new record high temperatures have already been set, and eight additional record highs tied. With warmer than normal temperatures forecast through the summer months, 2016 could be the warmest year ever recorded in Anchorage. However, gardeners shouldn’t get overexcited about the warm weather. With […]

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    Flood advisory issued for Eagle after early Yukon River breakup

    by Melissa Frey on Apr 27, 18:26

    The community of Eagle is under a flood advisory until 10:00 a.m. Thursday after an ice jam formed on the Yukon River. The National Weather Service (NWS) in Fairbanks says the Yukon officially broke up at Eagle early Tuesday. They say this is the second-earliest breakup on record for this location. Following the breakup, an […]