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  • 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 […]

  • Weather News

    Fire officials say to ‘expect an early start’ to Alaska wildfire season

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Mar 06, 15:05

    “Expect an early start to the wildland fire season.” That’s what officials with the Alaska Division of Forestry are saying about this spring and summer. Already, at least two wildfires have been reported this season. In their Alaska Monthly Fire Potential Outlook, released Monday, the Alaska Interagency Coordination Center said fire activity is expected to […]

  • Weather News

    Warm temperatures, lack of snow a February trend across Alaska

    by Rachael Penton on Mar 01, 11:48

    February was a warm month in Anchorage, but just how warm was it compared to normal? Now that the numbers are in, February 2016 will go down as the fourth warmest February on record for Anchorage. The average temperature came in at 29.9 degrees for the month, about 9 degrees above normal. It’s no secret […]

  • Weather News

    Mark your calendars: Feb. 29 doesn’t return until 2020

    by Rachael Penton on Feb 29, 11:14

    Today is Feb. 29, 2016, a day better known as Leap Day. The last time our calendars read Feb. 29 was back in 2012. The Gregorian calendar we follow in the U.S. consists of 365 days and it’s common knowledge that one rotation of Earth takes approximately 24 hours. Our seasons change from spring, to […]

  • Weather News

    El Niño fades with La Niña possible for next winter

    by Melissa Frey on Feb 27, 9:41

    If you thought this winter was warmer than usual, you’re not alone. Anchorage has tied and broken records several times this winter because of the heat and lack of snow. Now one winter severity index says this winter has been one of the mildest ever recorded in Alaska. “It’s a new index, developed by the […]

  • Weather News

    The Latest: Weather service says 7 tornadoes in Gulf states

    by Associated Press on Feb 23, 16:38

      The Latest on severe storms expected to move across the South (all times local): 7:25 p.m. The meteorologist in charge for the National Weather Service’s southeast Louisiana office says at least seven tornadoes have hit southeast Louisiana and southwest Mississippi. Ken Graham says that number includes the one that slammed into a trailer park […]

  • Weather News

    Stream flooding advisory issued for western Kenai Peninsula

    by Associated Press on Feb 23, 8:45

    Heavy snow and unseasonably warm weather has prompted a small stream flood advisory for parts of the Kenai Peninsula. The National Weather Service has issued a small stream advisory through Tuesday afternoon for streams on the western peninsula south of Kenai. The agency says temperatures as high as the lower 40s may melt the recent […]

  • Weather News

    Schools open Monday despite difficult driving conditions

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Feb 22, 6:00

    Last updated at 6:45 a.m. Monday, Feb. 22 Schools in the Mat-Su Borough will open on time Monday despite icy road conditions. Mat-Su schools are open on time today. It is reported that road conditions are acceptable for travel. We urge drivers to use caution and allow extra travel time. We can expect minor busing […]

  • Weather News

    Winter weather warnings in effect for Southcentral

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Feb 20, 12:57

    A storm system is moving north into Southcentral Alaska that will bring snow and rain showers along with breezy winds at times through Sunday evening. Rain and snow showers are moving into the Prince William Sound and Kenai Peninsula Saturday. Snow showers are expected to move into the Anchorage area late Saturday evening. Several Warnings […]