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  • Weather News

    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 […]

  • Weather News

    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 […]

  • Weather News

    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 […]

  • Weather News

    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 […]

  • Weather News

    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 […]

  • Weather News

    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 […]

  • Weather News

    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 […]

  • Weather News

    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 […]

  • Weather News

    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 […]

  • Weather News

    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 […]

  • Weather News

    Green Up Day declared on April 26 in Fairbanks, sets new record

    by Melissa Frey on Apr 27, 13:51

    The early spring heat continues to break new records statewide, this time it’s in Fairbanks. Since 1974, the National Weather Service (NWS) has monitored the exact day the leaf buds on birch and aspen trees turn green on the Chena Ridge in Fairbanks. After seven straight days with temperatures in the 60s, the buds popped […]

  • Weather News

    Record high temperatures continue across Alaska

    by Melissa Frey on Apr 17, 15:18

    Friday was the 27th day of spring, and all 27 days have been above average in Anchorage. “This week and last week, it’s warm, but nothing extraordinary,” said Brian Brettschneider, a local climatologist. ”But what is extraordinary is the persistence. It’s just gone on and on and on with no break and no end in sight.” […]

  • Weather News

    UPDATE: Activity at Cleveland Volcano ‘tapers’ down following eruption

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Apr 16, 15:20

    Last update at 1 p.m. on Sunday, April 17 The Alaska Volcano Observatory says sensors show the Cleveland Volcano has quieted down after Saturday’s eruption. “Seismicity tapered to background levels within an hour of yesterday’s explosion, and no unusual seismicity has since been detected,” seismologists said on the AVO website. Cloud coverage in the area […]

  • Weather News

    Tsunami Week: What to do if it happens

    by Melissa Frey on Apr 01, 20:29

    A tsunami can pack a deadly punch, but there are a number of things you can do to keep you and your family as safe as possible if one is headed your way. First, it’s important to find out if you’re in a tsunami prone area. In Alaska, a tsunami can strike nearly every community […]

  • Weather News

    71 degrees in March: New record set for Alaska

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Mar 31, 21:51

    A 101-year-old record was broken in Alaska Thursday — a high of 71 degrees was recorded in southeast Alaska, beating a record set in 1915. The high temperature was recorded in Klawock, located northwest of Ketchikan on Prince of Wales Island. The National Weather Service called it the “warmest official temp in Alaska in March.” […]

  • Only in Alaska

    Tsunami Week: When disaster calls, what does it take to reach rural communities?

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Mar 30, 21:32

    Some Alaska communities don’t have access to traditional means of communication, so how can emergency personnel reach out to them when disaster is imminent? KTVA 11′s Melissa Frey spoke with staff and volunteers at the state’s Emergency Operations Center, where hard work, quick action and a phone call could make the difference between life and […]

  • Weather News

    Tsunami Week: New tools to warn Alaskans of tsunami danger

    by Melissa Frey on Mar 30, 9:13

    If a wall of water came crashing toward Alaska, would the state be ready? That’s the question to be answered at 10:15 Wednesday morning, when the National Weather Service (NWS) and Alaska’s Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management will test the Tsunami Warning Communications System. [RELATED: The dangers and warning signs of tsunamis] The NWS […]

  • Sci/Tech

    Tsunami Week: The dangers and warning signs of tsunamis

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Mar 29, 18:52

    Alaska is the most seismically active state in the U.S., and one of only five states along the Pacific Ring of Fire. Besides earthquakes, coastal communities in the state are also at risk for potentially deadly tsunamis. A large earthquake, volcanic eruption or landslide could trigger a tsunami at anytime, meaning those near Alaska’s waters […]

  • Weather News

    Warm temperatures and possible flooding in store for southcentral

    by Melissa Frey on Mar 26, 14:07

    ANCHORAGE – More warm and now wet weather is headed to Southcentral Alaska. Temperatures were well above average for much of the winter season across Southcentral Alaska and that trend is continuing into spring. High temperatures soared into the 50s for this first time this year last week in Anchorage and record high temperatures were […]

  • Weather News

    US breaks record for hottest winter

    by Seth Borenstein / AP on Mar 08, 8:28

    Federal meteorologists say the winter that has just ended was the hottest in U.S. records, thanks to the combination of El Nino and man-made global warming. The average temperature for the Lower 48 from December through February – known as meteorological winter – was 36.8 degrees, 4.6 degrees above normal. It breaks the record set […]