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    Groundhog predicts an early spring

    by Rachael Penton on Feb 02, 12:54

    Punxsutawney Phil did not see his shadow today, which according to legend means an early spring. In Alaska, this day is known as Marmot Day. Marmots include small animals like groundhogs, woodchucks, and ground squirrels. Groundhog Day stems from a German celebration known as Candlemas Day, which marked the halfway point between the winter solstice and the […]

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    Record low January snowfall for Alaska’s largest cities

    by Rachael Penton on Feb 01, 12:06

    Alaska’s three largest cities didn’t pick up much snow in January. For the first time since 1942, Juneau had no measurable snowfall during January. The average is 27.3 inches, but only a trace of snow was recorded during the entire month, tying 2016 with 1942 as the least snowiest January on record. Warmer than normal […]

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    ‘Anchorage is now awake’: Preliminary M7.1 earthquake rocks Southcentral

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Jan 24, 1:56

    Updated at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 24 A preliminary 7.1 magnitude earthquake struck 86 kilometers from Anchor Point, Alaska early Sunday morning, according to information from the U.S. Geological Survey. The quake woke many Alaskans out of their sleep, as evident by dozens of immediate social media posts. “No reports of major damage or […]

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    Happy stargazing! All 5 bright planets visible at once beginning Jan. 20

    by KTVA Weather on Jan 19, 9:16

    Starting tomorrow, avid stargazers are in luck. Beginning on the morning of Jan. 20, visible to all will be the five bright planets in the night sky — Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn — in addition to the stars Antares and Spica. These planets are known as the bright planets because their disks reflect […]

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    2015 goes down as record warm year for Alaska, Lower 48

    by Rachael Penton on Jan 07, 13:12

    2015 goes down as a record warm year for both the Lower 48 and Alaska, according to data released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The Lower 48 recorded it’s second warmest year since data has been recorded, coming in 2.4 degrees above the average of 54.4 degrees Fahrenheit. The only warmer year on […]

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    Meteorologists: ‘Darth Nino’ ties record for strongest seen

    by Associated Press on Jan 05, 12:37

    Meteorologists say the current El Nino has stormed its way into the record books, tying 1997-1998 as the strongest recorded. Mike Halpert, deputy director of the federal Climate Prediction Center, said initial figures for October-November-December match the same time period in 1997 for the strongest El Nino. Meteorologists measure El Nino based on how warm […]

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    Juneau nearly sets precipitation record in 2015

    by Associated Press on Jan 01, 15:57

    Alaska’s capital city came up just short of setting a new mark for wettest year on record. The National Weather Service says Juneau ended 2015 with 84.96 inches of precipitation – 0.19 inches shy of the record set in 1991. Records for the Juneau airport location date to 1936. The city’s precipitation total was still […]

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    Heat wave? Fairbanks sets record high temperature

    by Associated Press on Dec 31, 7:56

    Parts of Interior Alaska experienced warmer-than-usual weather Wednesday, with Fairbanks setting a record high for the day. The National Weather Service in Fairbanks says that according to its records, only six days in the month of December have been warmer than the 45 degrees recorded on Wednesday. Weather service meteorologist Scott Berg says the previous […]

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    Warm, wet weather may bring slippery conditions to Southcentral Alaska this week

    by Rachael Penton on Dec 28, 10:27

    Last Updated: Monday, Dec. 28, 2015 at 1 p.m. A warm, wet and windy week is in store for Southcentral Alaska, as an abundance of moisture from the North Pacific is expected to continue streaming into the area. - View radar & satellite maps - High temperatures this week will rise well above average, with most areas […]

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    Winter storm to bring snow, blizzard conditions to much of southern Alaska

    by Rachael Penton on Dec 24, 15:00

    Last Updated: Thurs. Dec. 24 at 6:11 p.m. A “White Christmas” is in store for much of the southern portion of Alaska, thanks to a strong area of low pressure situated in the Western Bering Sea. As of Thursday morning, the system was pushing a warm front into Southwest Alaska, bringing snow to many areas […]

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    Rare full moon to light Santa’s way this Christmas

    by Rachael Penton on Dec 22, 12:36

    Santa Clause will have some extra light to help him and his reindeer deliver presents this Christmas. That’s because, for the first time in 38 years, Santa will have a full moon lighting his way. The last full moon of 2015 lands on Christmas Day. It’s known as the “Full Cold Moon”because of it’s occurrence […]

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    2nd storm in a week brings high wind to Aleutians

    by Associated Press on Dec 18, 8:22

    Strong winds battered the Aleutian Islands overnight and are continuing Friday. It’s the second storm in the region in a week. Forecaster Michael Kutz of the National Weather Service in Anchorage says a gust reached 81 mph at Adak just before 5 p.m. Thursday. Winds have been consistent in the mid-40 mph range but other […]

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    Blizzard warning for Portage Valley, Turnagain Arm beginning Sunday evening

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Dec 13, 11:55

    A blizzard warning is in effect from Sunday evening to Monday morning for Portage Valley and Turnagain Arm, says the National Weather Service. The warning is in effect from 6 p.m. Sunday to 6 a.m. Monday. Up to six inches of snow is expected in some areas, with falling and blowing snow reducing visibility to […]

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    What’s up with the moon? Alaskans able to see occultation of Venus

    by KTVA Weather on Dec 07, 9:11

    Alaskans looking out the window Monday morning can see Venus pulling a vanishing act. That bright spot next to the moon is Venus. The event is called the lunar occultation of Venus, when the moon passes in front of the planet. Spectators will have to be in the right place at the right time to see it without […]

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    November Anchorage’s snowiest month since December 2013

    by Rachael Penton on Dec 02, 10:50

    November snow accumulation reached 13.8 inches in Anchorage, making it the city’s snowiest month since December 2013. November brought a varying array of weather conditions to Southcentral Alaska. The month began with an icy commute for drivers, followed by the season’s first ”snow day“ for many students. Then, an early-season cold snap dropped temperatures down to -8 […]

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    Backcountry avalanche warning issued for Hatcher Pass

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Nov 21, 12:57

    A backcountry avalanche warning has been issued for Hatcher Pass in the Talkeetna Mountains. The warning went into effect at 6 a.m. Saturday and expires Sunday at 6 a.m., according to a special weather statement from the National Weather Service in Anchorage. “Recent heavy snow combined with wind will likely create widespread areas of unstable […]

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    In Anchorage, increased winds forecast ahead of next round of snow

    by Rachael Penton on Nov 19, 9:18

    Winds across the Anchorage area and Turnagain Arm are expected to begin increasing this afternoon ahead of the next approaching weather system that will bring another round of snow to Southcentral. A high wind warning has been issued for the Municipality of Anchorage from noon until 9 p.m. tonight. This warning applies to the Anchorage […]

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    Higher temperatures, more snow in store for Southcentral Alaska

    by Rachael Penton on Nov 18, 11:20

    Below-normal temperatures are coming to an end, as snowfall makes its way into Southcentral again. Multiple rounds of snow are expected to move through the area starting Wednesday night and continuing through Friday. Warmer air will accompany the snow, returning temperatures to the 20s and 30s. Round One The first round begins today, as a […]

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    Earth’s hottest recorded year ever continues with absurdly warm October

    by Associated Press on Nov 18, 10:31

    Even in a record-breaking hot year for Earth, October stood out as absurdly warm. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said that last month globally was 58.86 degrees (14.98 degrees Celsius). That’s the hottest October on record by a third of a degree over the old mark, a large margin for weather records. October’s temperature […]

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    Winter storm warning in effect for Juneau area

    by Rachael Penton on Nov 18, 8:49

    It’s been a snowy start to the week for the Southeast Panhandle. Juneau has picked up between 6-8 inches of snow since Tuesday morning, and even more snowfall is in the forecast for the next few days. Yakutat recorded 10.6 inches on Tuesday with snow showers continuing through today. A winter storm warning is in […]