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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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    Soggy Seattle lives up to name, breaks another rain record

    by Associated Press on Apr 25, 8:46

    SEATTLE (AP) – Soggy Seattle has broken another rainfall record. The National Weather Service says the city measured 44.67 inches (114 centimeters) of rain between October and so far in April. That makes it the wettest such period since records began in 1895. Meteorologist Mike McFarland in the service’s Seattle office says it’s the second […]

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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 […]

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    Spring is here, but where are the warming temperatures?

    by Rachael Penton on Mar 20, 12:29

    Spring is underway in Alaska, but where are the spring-like temperatures? Although Monday marks the official start of astronomical spring, meteorologists and climatologists categorize spring as the months of March, April, and May. That’s because weather patterns usually begin to change in March, with temperatures on the upswing. Although temperatures begin slowly rising this month in […]

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    Winter storm update: Snow, sleet blast mid-Atlantic, Northeast

    by CBS/AP on Mar 14, 20:39

    A blustery late-season storm clobbered the Northeast with sleet and heavy snow Tuesday, crippling much of the Washington-to-Boston corridor after a stretch of unusually mild winter weather that had people thinking spring was already here. The National Weather Service downgraded its blizzard warning Tuesday morning for the New York City area, where schools and businesses […]

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    Winter weather continues in southeast Alaska, dry in Southcentral

    by Melissa Frey on Mar 12, 23:18

    Winter storm warning in effect for southeast Alaska While much of the state continues to see clear and mild weather, the same cannot be said for the Southeast. An area of low pressure is delivering snow and rain to the area. The National Weather Service in Juneau reported 6 inches has fallen since 7 a.m. […]

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    Heavy snow hits Southeast Alaska

    by Melissa Frey on Mar 08, 21:12

    Anchorage has yet to see a single snowflake in the month of March, but the same can’t be said for the Southeast. It was a slow start to the season in the southern inner channels, but they’re making up for lost time this week. The climate records for this area are tracked on Annette Island, […]

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    Bogoslof Volcano erupts again, sends ash cloud over Aleutians

    by Associated Press on Mar 08, 10:18

    An Alaska volcano that’s been active since mid-December has erupted again with an ash cloud that could threaten airliners. The Alaska Volcano Observatory says Bogoslof Volcano in the Aleutian Islands started erupting at 10:36 p.m. Tuesday and sent up an ash cloud to 35,000 feet. The eruption was marked by seismic activity and lightning that […]

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    KTVA Weather Lab: Creekside Park Elementary

    by Melissa Frey on Mar 07, 12:20

    In this week’s KTVA Weather Lab, I take you behind the scenes in the news studio! I visited Creekside Park Elementary School in Anchorage, where the third-graders are using songs to help them remember their weather lessons. These young scientists have a solid foundation in meteorology but were curious about the science of TV! While I was there, they asked […]

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    Today was the coldest March morning in Anchorage since 1999

    by Rachael Penton on Mar 07, 11:13

    Notice an extra chill in the air this morning? Southcentral Alaska experienced one of the coldest March mornings in nearly two decades. The temperature at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport dipped to 8 degrees below zero just before 8 a.m. Although that’s nowhere near the daily record of 24 degrees below zero, set in 1971, it […]

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    High winds lead to vehicle, roof damage in Valdez

    by Melissa Frey on Mar 06, 18:47

    Chilly temperatures, high winds and blowing snow — just another day in Valdez, but it’s caused some damage. The winds started picking up early Thursday morning and haven’t really let up since. People in Valdez are enduring wind gusts between 50 and 80 mph and a peak wind gust on the scale of a category two […]

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    KTVA Weather Lab: Ursa Minor Elementary School

    by Melissa Frey on Feb 28, 15:44

    In this week’s KTVA Weather Lab, I visited Ursa Minor Elementary School, which is located on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson. Third-graders in Mrs. Cross and Mrs. Condry’s classes are learning why our weather here in Alaska is not as warm as other places they’ve been. While I was there, they asked me the Weather Lab Question of […]