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    Rain and cooler temps don’t stop Alaskans from enjoying Summer Solstice

    by Melissa Frey on Jun 20, 18:33

    We’ve been gaining daylight for 181 days– all building up to today, the Summer Solstice. Many Alaskans look forward to this day for months, eager to soak up the 19 hours and 21 minutes of daylight, but this year’s Solstice is more soggy than sunny. The rain didn’t stop the Willis family from heading to […]

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    Happy summer solstice, Alaska

    by Rachael Penton on Jun 20, 10:44

    ANCHORAGE — Tuesday is the summer solstice and the peak of summer daylight in Alaska. Anchorage will gain a final 9 seconds of daylight Tuesday, topping out at 19 hours and 21 minutes. Juneau is not far behind at 18 hours and 16 minutes, while Fairbanks will experience 21 hours and 49 minutes of daylight. The sun […]

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    Anchorage records first 70 degree temperature of the year

    by Rachael Penton on Jun 01, 8:53

    The thermometer at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport reached 70 degrees on Wednesday for the first time this year. It’s the warmest temperature reached in Anchorage since early September 2016. This comes later than last summer’s first 70 degree reading, which happened on May 15. Many other spots in Southcentral Alaska also warmed into the 70s on […]

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    Holiday weekend forecast brings variety of weather conditions to Southcentral Alaska

    by Rachael Penton on May 26, 12:10

    If you’re spending some time outdoors in Southcentral Alaska this weekend, be prepared for a variety of weather conditions. A showery weather pattern will keep conditions damp and cooler than normal through Memorial Day. Friday will bring areas of sunshine and mostly dry conditions to start, but scattered showers will again develop across the area during […]

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    Widespread rain, wind in the forecast for southcentral Alaska

    by Rachael Penton on May 23, 10:55

    After some sunshine to start the week, widespread rain is in the forecast for southcentral Alaska through midweek. A strong front will begin approaching the western Kenai Peninsula and Cook Inlet area late-Tuesday, spreading rain throughout the entire region by early-Wednesday. The rain will be heavy at times, bringing as much as one inch of […]

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    Record rainfall recorded across SE Alaska

    by Melissa Frey on May 22, 17:18

    Significant rain fell across most of Southcentral and Southeast Alaska this weekend as a storm system moved in from the Gulf of Alaska. For Southcentral, this was the wettest day seen in months. Anchorage picked up 0.25 inches of rain on Sunday alone. This was the most rain recorded in Anchorage since late-September of 2016. […]

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    Alaska may see warmer than normal temperatures this summer

    by Rachael Penton on May 18, 10:53

    The Climate Prediction Center has released it’s latest summer outlook, and a warm summer may be ahead for Alaska. According to the outlook, the months of June, July, and August have a 40 percent chance of seeing warmer than normal temperatures for the majority of Alaska, with a 33 percent chance of warmer than normal […]

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    When will Anchorage hit 70 degrees?

    by Melissa Frey on May 17, 13:46

    ANCHORAGE — As daylight grows across Alaska temperatures are quickly rising, but making it to 70 degrees is still rare this time of year. Juneau and Fairbanks made it to the 70s for the first time this season on Tuesday. Annette and Nenana recorded the highest temperatures in the state so far in 2017, both […]

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    It’s time for round-the-clock daylight on the North Slope

    by Rachael Penton on May 10, 11:48

    Summer has arrived in Utqiagvik (formerly known as Barrow)  — at least, when it comes to the amount of daylight. The sun rose early Wednesday morning, and will stay above the horizon through early-August. The next sunset on Utqiagvik’s calendar won’t happen until 1:56 a.m. on August 2. That’s more than two-and-a-half months of constant daylight. Utqiagvik will […]

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    Wind, rain, and high seas forecast for southeast Alaska Tuesday

    by Rachael Penton on May 01, 11:02

    A strong area of low pressure is forecast to move into the eastern Gulf of Alaska on Tuesday bringing wind, rain, and high seas to southeast Alaska — especially over the northern and central panhandle. The storm is forecast to bring southeasterly winds of 40 to 50 knots over marine areas of the eastern gulf, which will […]

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    Much-needed rainfall to end the work week, drier conditions in store for the weekend

    by Rachael Penton on Apr 28, 11:25

    Anchorage is experiencing some much-needed rainfall, after a dry start to the month. April is usually the driest month of the year for Anchorage, with average precipitation of 0.47 inches.  However, only 0.05 inches of rain was recorded in Anchorage through last Monday, April 24 — putting Anchorage into a shortage for the month. Measurable rainfall […]

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    Pleasant weather in store for holiday weekend in Southcentral, Southeast

    by Rachael Penton on Apr 14, 11:10

    The pleasant weather continues in southcentral Alaska for the Easter weekend. Temperatures will stay warm into the low 50s on Friday and Saturday — within a few degrees of record highs. The record high for April 14 is 54 degrees, set last year in 2016. The sunshine will continue as well, with a few more […]

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    KTVA Weather Lab: Ursa Major Elementary School

    by Melissa Frey on Apr 11, 20:36

    In this week’s KTVA Weather Lab, I visited Ursa Major Elementary School on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, where the third graders are part of military families that come from all over the U.S. and the world. I stopped by to talk to them about weather that can be found nearly everywhere: clouds and precipitation. I also answered the question […]

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    KTVA Weather Lab: Scenic Park Elementary School

    by Melissa Frey on Apr 04, 16:21

    In this week’s KTVA Weather Lab, I visited Scenic Park Elementary School in Anchorage, where the third graders in Ms. Perry’s class have been studying the different regions of Alaska. I stopped by to relate the geography to the meteorology. I also answered the question of the week: How does the weather make a double rainbow? Every Tuesday, […]

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    March was colder and snowier than normal in Anchorage

    by Rachael Penton on Apr 03, 14:55

    The National Weather Service has released its monthly climate summary for March, calling it one of the coldest and snowiest in years for the Anchorage area. Temperatures in the first half of the month started out well below normal, with morning lows during the first week in the single digits or colder. The chilliest temperature […]

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    Spring snow falls in Southcentral Alaska

    by Rachael Penton on Mar 29, 9:15

    A late season snowstorm has brought accumulating snow to Southcentral. Anchorage picked up 1.3 inches of snow on Tuesday — the first measurable precipitation since late-February. An additional 4.7 inches fell from midnight through 7 a.m., Wednesday at the National Weather Service office in Sand Lake. This brings the season total up to more than […]

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    Spring snow storm closes Anchorage schools

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Mar 29, 6:45

    Last updated at 7:15 a.m. on Wednesday, March 29 The Anchorage School District closed schools Wednesday because of poor road conditions, following an overnight snow storm. District spokesperson Heidi Embley said after school events were cancelled, as well. This is the first snow day of the current school year, she noted. “And probably (the) first […]

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    Hello spring? Anchorage may get 5 to 9 inches of snow overnight

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Mar 28, 16:41

    The National Weather Service says Anchorage residents should expect between 5 and 9 inches of wet snow through Wednesday morning. The NWS issued a winter weather advisory that will be in effect from 10 p.m. Tuesday to 10 a.m. Wednesday. Watch the entire KTVA Weather forecast at 5, 6 and 10 p.m. “Periods of snow […]

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    KTVA Weather Lab: Aquarian Charter School

    by Melissa Frey on Mar 28, 15:56

    In this week’s KTVA Weather Lab, I visited Aquarian Charter School in Anchorage, where the second and third graders in Ms. Sarah and Ms. Stacy’s classes have been tracking the weather all year. I also answered the question of the week: What do meteorologists do on an average day? Every Tuesday, Melissa Frey will take the KTVA […]

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    KTVA Weather Lab: Baxter Elementary School

    by Melissa Frey on Mar 21, 13:09

    In this week’s KTVA Weather Lab, I visited Baxter Elementary School in Anchorage, where the third-graders are working together to learn more about meteorology. I also answer the weather question of the week and explain where the clouds and northern lights are in the atmosphere. Every Tuesday, Melissa Frey will take the KTVA Weather Lab to a classroom in […]