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    Strong Pacific storm approaches southeast Alaska panhandle

    by Rachael Penton on Oct 08, 9:22

    Last Updated: Friday, Oct. 9 at 10:45 a.m. A powerful storm — previously called Hurricane Oho — is making it’s way towards the Alaska panhandle. As of Friday morning, the storm was beginning to affect extreme southern areas, bringing heavy rain and strong winds. The Hydaburg seaplane base recorded a wind gust of 76 mph — […]

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    Anchorage sets new records with unusual weather

    by Rachael Penton on Oct 01, 9:25

    The September storm that brought rain and snow to Southcentral Alaska is one for the record books. Things got interesting on Tuesday, Sept. 29, when a strong storm system dropped 1.56 inches of rain in Anchorage. This beat the old daily record of 1.21 inches set in 1961. Area flood advisories were issued for the […]

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    Heavy rain leaves crews running around Anchorage for cleanup

    by Lauren Maxwell on Sep 29, 19:35

    Heavy rain put Anchorage under a flood advisory for much of the day. No major flooding was reported, but the steady rain had city and state road crews running around town trying to keep small problems from becoming big ones. Most of the work was unplugging leaves from storm drains, says Anchorage street maintenance manager […]

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    NWS issues flood advisory for Anchorage bowl

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Sep 29, 8:57

    With continued rainfall forecast Tuesday, the National Weather Service issued a flood advisory for the Anchorage bowl. The urban and small stream flood advisory is until 2 p.m. Tuesday. The NWS says recent rainfall has caused streams to rise “sharply.” “Additional periods of moderate to heavy rain Tuesday morning will cause Anchorage bowl streams to […]

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    Anchorage could get season’s first snowfall Tuesday evening

    by KTVA Weather on Sep 28, 16:08

    Get ready, Anchorage residents — the snow is coming. Or is it? The National Weather Service issued a Special Weather Statement Monday morning, warning Southcentral Alaska to prepare for the possibility of the season’s first snowfall. The NWS expects wet, cold conditions to hit Southcentral beginning early Tuesday afternoon. “A strong cold front moving into southcentral […]

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    First snowfall of season blankets Fairbanks

    by Associated Press on Sep 26, 16:08

    Tanana Valley’s first full snowfall of the season has covered Fairbanks in a four to nine inch blanket of snow. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports (http://bit.ly/1FpR1jJ ) that the Friday snow and slush slowed traffic. Police say there were several minor crashes, including one that knocked over a light pole. National Weather Service forecasters say […]

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    It’s officially fall, Alaska

    by Rachael Penton on Sep 23, 10:44

    ANCHORAGE – Today is the official start of astronomical fall in the northern hemisphere, known as the “autumnal equinox.” The 2015 equinox occurred at 12:21 a.m. Alaska time. The sun’s rays shine directly over the equator on the equinox, meaning that both the northern and southern hemispheres receive equal amounts of solar radiation. On this day, […]

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    It’s official: Summer 2015 the warmest in recorded history

    by Rachael Penton on Sep 17, 17:57

    It’s official: Summer 2015 was the warmest in recorded history for our planet. The findings come from data collected by scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) National Centers for Environmental Information. Average global land and sea temperatures in August 2015 were 1.58° F above average, beating out the old record set in […]

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    Anchorage needs 1 more 80-degree day to break record

    by Lauren Maxwell on Aug 04, 18:42

    If this summer feels like it could be one for the record books, there’s a good chance it will be. Anchorage has tied an all-time record for most days in a calendar year to reach 80 degrees. According to the National Weather Service, the number to beat is four, the same number of 80-degree days […]

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    The fireweed forecast

    by Rachael Penton on Aug 03, 12:02

    If you’ve spent even a little time in Alaska during the summer then you’ve probably noticed it … everywhere! We’re talking about fireweed, and it’s almost bloomed to the top. “When fireweed goes to cotton, summer is soon forgotten.” Winter is on its way out whether you believe that old saying or not, and this year […]

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    Alaska could see warmer-than-normal fall, winter

    by KTVA Weather on Jul 20, 10:16

    The Climate Prediction Center has issued its latest set of seasonal forecasts, which includes the forecast for the remainder of summer, as well as the upcoming fall and winter seasons. According to the outlook, there is a good chance much of Alaska will finish the summer out and begin fall with warmer-than-average temperatures. The Climate […]

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    In Alaska, warm weather returns with possible record highs

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Jun 12, 13:48

    If the thermometer is any indication, it’s summer in Alaska. A high pressure system is set to bring unusually warm weather and blue skies to most of the state next week. It will spike temperatures into the 70s throughout Southcentral and the Interior: Prepare for possible record highs, and one of the longest stretches of […]

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    High wind warning issued for Turnagain Arm, higher elevations in Anchorage

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Apr 05, 17:29

    Updated on Monday, April 6 at 7:30 a.m. A high wind warning will be in effect beginning Monday evening for the Turnagain Arm area and higher elevations in Anchorage. The National Weather Service in Anchorage issued the warning, which is in effect from 6 p.m. Monday to 7 a.m. Tuesday. A high wind watch was […]

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    Hail? Think again

    by Carlos Faura on Apr 01, 22:46

    All at one time we had clouds, sun, rain, snow and … HAIL? I suspect that wasn’t hail but probably something called graupel. It is closely related to hail but forms differently. Hail forms as rain falls from a thunderstorm, gets pushed back up high into the cloud by an updraft and freezing temperatures, freezes, then […]

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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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    Valley residents dealing with power outages, damage from winter wind storm

    by Dave Leval on Feb 06, 22:43

    Part of the roof is missing off of an apartment building in Palmer, the result of hurricane-force winds that made their way through the Matanuska Valley Thursday. Winds in the area reached speeds of at least 75 m.p.h. The strong winds are also blamed for several fires around the area, though none were considered serious. […]

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    High wind advisory in effect for Matanuska Valley

    by Carlos Faura on Feb 05, 19:52

    The Matanuska Valley has a high wind warning for winds 60 to 70 mph through Friday night. Squeezed between the high pressure ridge that has brought all the sunshine and an area of low pressure to the south of us, wind gusts have already increased to over 70 mph in the Palmer area. Wasilla has […]

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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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    2014 proves hottest on record, driven in part by climate change

    by Michael Casey / CBS News on Jan 16, 11:08

    Last Updated Jan 16, 2015 1:15 PM EST It’s official: 2014 was the hottest year ever. Two separate analyses by NASA and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration found that temperatures across the globe last year were the warmest since 1880. The 10 warmest years, with the exception of 1998, have occurred since 2000. “This is […]

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    Slick roads make for dicey driving conditions

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Dec 02, 14:16

    Anchorage police are reminding motorists to drive carefully when heading home from work today. As of about 5:40 p.m., there have been more than 36 vehicles in distress and more than 40 accidents reported Tuesday, said Anchorage Police Department spokeswoman Jennifer Castro. “We call this ‘an adjustment day’ where drivers realize the conditions are nothing […]