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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 […]

  • Alaska

    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 […]

  • Alaska

    Much of U.S. faces frigid, snowy pre-winter blast

    by CBS/AP on Nov 11, 16:31

    Heavy snow blanketed parts of the Upper Midwest with more than a foot of snow on Tuesday, leaving residents there and in the Rockies waking up to frigid temperatures that plunged as much as 50 degrees overnight. The rest of the Midwest and the East are expecting a dose of the icy weather later this […]

  • Alaska

    After storm, Ketchikan residents come to woman’s aid

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Nov 07, 8:51

    A storm blew through Ketchikan Wednesday night, wreaking havoc around town and severely damaging the roof of one woman’s home. Kristin Gilliard, a single mom with two kids and an iguana, called her boss at Vigor Alaska, which operates the Ketchikan Shipyard, to tell him she wouldn’t be at work after the storm rolled through […]

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    Dutch Harbor fishermen prepare for Bering Sea storm

    by Heather Hintze on Nov 07, 0:00

    As Typhoon Nuri bears down on Aleutian communities fishermen say they’re not worried. On Thursday afternoon, the weather in Dutch Harbor was relatively mild with light winds and scattered rain showers. Crewmembers from the Commitment fishing vessel unloaded cod in the Carl E. Moses Harbor. Will Robinson said they typically head out to sea for […]

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    Severe weather forecast for Aleutian communities

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Nov 06, 11:37

    High seas and winds, remnants from Typhoon Nuri, are forecast to create a storm in the Bering Sea. The “rapidly intensifying” storm on Friday could create high seas and hurricane-force winds across the western Aleutians into Saturday, according to a special statement from the National Weather Service‘s Anchorage office. The cyclone, located roughly 480 nautical […]

  • Fairbanks

    Fairbanks, Delta see record-high temperatures

    by Associated Press on Sep 15, 8:41

    Fairbanks has been known to have snow by September but that’s not the case this year. Temperatures on Saturday and Sunday broke or tied record highs. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner (http://bit.ly/1oPOfpR) reports the thermometer hit 76 degrees just before 4 p.m. Sunday. That beat the old record for the day of 73, set in 1938. […]

  • Alaska

    El Niño forecast cools off

    by Shannon Ballard on Sep 02, 18:01

    It’s a phenomenon that takes place thousands of miles away but has the potential to bring more snow to Anchorage and Southcentral Alaska. El Niño is the warming of equatorial water off South America that directly impacts the jet stream and Alaska’s weather. Earlier this year, scientists predicted El Niño to bring record-breaking warm weather […]

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    Flood warning issued for upper Chena River

    by Associated Press on Sep 02, 10:49

    Authorities have issued a flood warning for the upper Chena River after more than 2 inches of rain have fallen since Monday afternoon. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports (http://is.gd/DZt1Du) flooding is expected at the Granite Tors campground and Stiles Creek shooting range in the Chena River State Recreation Area east of Fairbanks. The newspaper reports […]

  • Fairbanks

    Wettest summer on record in Fairbanks

    by Associated Press on Aug 30, 13:23

    The city of Fairbanks has smashed – or, perhaps more appropriately, soaked – its record for wettest summer. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports (http://is.gd/dYuHp6 ) a brief shower Friday pushed the summer precipitation total to 11.62 inches. That surpasses the record set in 1930. This year’s total was spurred by unprecedented rainfall in June and […]