Melting snow: The science behind springtime warmth

Melting snow: The science behind springtime warmth

As temperatures rise, snow melts. Or is it the other way around?

Jeremy LaGoo
Winter ends with record warmth across Alaska

Winter ends with record warmth across Alaska

As winter comes to a close, parts of Alaska will experience summer-like warmth.

Jeremy LaGoo
Unseasonably warm weather holds as equinox nears

Unseasonably warm weather holds as equinox nears

Above normal temperatures have the end of winter feeling a lot more like the middle of spring.

Jeremy LaGoo
Avalanche warning issued as snow keeps falling in Southcentral

Avalanche warning issued as snow keeps falling in Southcentral

Close to 3 feet and counting. Fresh snow raises avalanche danger in Southcentral.

Jeremy LaGoo
Avalanche danger high as parade of storms targets Southcentral

Avalanche danger high as parade of storms targets Southcentral

Two to three feet of snow will fall on parts of the Kenai Peninsula by Friday, but all of that snow comes with a high risk of avalanches in the area.

Jeremy LaGoo
Second Snowiest Iditarod Finish on Record

Second Snowiest Iditarod Finish on Record

Iditarod 2019 is wrapping up with the second highest snow depth in its 47-year history. As teams make their way into Nome and ceremonies continue, the weather will continue to be active with even more snow on the way.

Melissa Frey
Dreary finish as sled dogs close in on the burled arch

Dreary finish as sled dogs close in on the burled arch

The last stretch of the Iditarod can be one of the harshest in terms of weather. Thankfully this year it's looking to be nice and calm.

Jeremy LaGoo
Freezing rain and snow greets Iditarod teams on the coast

Freezing rain and snow greets Iditarod teams on the coast

Freezing rain, freezing fog, snow, sleet, rain, and everything in between will test dog sled teams along Alaska's west coast.

Jeremy LaGoo & Melissa Frey
Snow showers and breezy winds as mushers journey to Nome

Snow showers and breezy winds as mushers journey to Nome

Additional snow showers could bring up to 2 inches of snow as mushers continue their journey to Nome.

Aaron Morrison
Windy conditions and snow continue along the Iditarod Trail

Windy conditions and snow continue along the Iditarod Trail

Despite the winter weather advisory expiring later today, snow and windy conditions will continue for the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta.

Aaron Morrison
Snow showers and low visibility along the Iditarod Trail

Snow showers and low visibility along the Iditarod Trail

Reduced visibility along the Iditarod trail could slow down mushers.

Aaron Morrison
Winter Weather Advisories Next 400 Miles

Winter Weather Advisories Next 400 Miles

Active weather continues for the second half of the Iditarod trail with winter weather advisories in effect from Iditarod to Elim for additional snow and wind in the forecast. As mushers made their way south to Iditarod and west toward Shageluk late Thurs

Melissa Frey
'Unsettling' calving at Portage Lake caught on video

'Unsettling' calving at Portage Lake caught on video

What was going to be just another day of photo shoots on Portage Lake for Paxson Woelber and his girlfriend quickly turned into a lesson from Mother Nature.

Aaron Morrison
Snow continues, but temperatures stay mild along Iditarod Trail

Snow continues, but temperatures stay mild along Iditarod Trail

Mild weather continues along the Iditarod Trail, with little in the way of active weather.

Aaron Morrison
Iditarod Weather: Record Snow for Nome while Advisories continue near Ophir

Iditarod Weather: Record Snow for Nome while Advisories continue near Ophir

The first of three storms set to impact the Iditarod trail this week has made it to the Interior. Clouds are quickly racing east as mushers are racing west.

Melissa Frey
From clear to stormy on the Iditarod Trail, Storm Warnings in effect

From clear to stormy on the Iditarod Trail, Storm Warnings in effect

As musher Nicolas Petit pushed through the Rohn checkpoint Monday evening, temperatures nearby were in the 30s and he had a strong wind at his back with gusts to 30 mph. Mild and clear is the best way to describe the weather for the first 36 hours.

Melissa Frey
Sunshine gives way to overnight snow showers for Day 2 of Iditarod

Sunshine gives way to overnight snow showers for Day 2 of Iditarod

Sunshine is expected for the first half of the day on Monday, with building clouds and snow arriving into the evening hours.

Aaron Morrison
Clouds return for the restart of the 2019 Iditarod

Clouds return for the restart of the 2019 Iditarod

Leading up to the event was plenty of sunshine and pleasant weather for all of Southcentral, but like all good things, it must come to an end.

Aaron Morrison
Weather system off Alaska driving wild winter in Lower 48

Weather system off Alaska driving wild winter in Lower 48

High pressure locked in place across the Gulf of Alaska highlights a growing drought problem across parts of Alaska and wild weather in the Lower 48.

Aaron Morrison
New study finds extreme weather events become normalized in a few years

New study finds extreme weather events become normalized in a few years

A study published earlier this week finds that Americans tend to normalize extreme weather events, which lowers their perception of climate change.

Aaron Morrison
Does this week's fresh snow get us near normal snowpack?

Does this week's fresh snow get us near normal snowpack?

Does the snow from our latest storm get us back to where we need to be this time of year?

Jeremy LaGoo
Avalanche warning issued for Hatcher Pass Monday and Tuesday

Avalanche warning issued for Hatcher Pass Monday and Tuesday

Following this past weekend's snow and wind, the Hatcher Pass Avalanche Center (HPAC) has issued a backcountry avalanche warning. 

Jeremy LaGoo
GOES-17 satellite means more accurate weather forecasts for Alaska

GOES-17 satellite means more accurate weather forecasts for Alaska

A new NOAA satellite gives meteorologists a high resolution look at real-time weather, allowing for better forecasts.

Jeremy LaGoo
Subzero wind chills expected in Southeast this weekend

Subzero wind chills expected in Southeast this weekend

Wind and cold will have many residents of Southeast Alaska experiencing below-zero wind chills this weekend.

Jeremy LaGoo
Alaskans seeing a return to more typical winter weather

Alaskans seeing a return to more typical winter weather

 If you've been getting away with not needing your gloves or hat over the past week, make sure you have them now. 

Melissa Frey
Frost quakes: How the Lower 48 deep freeze is causing tiny explosions in the ground

Frost quakes: How the Lower 48 deep freeze is causing tiny explosions in the ground

Parts of the Lower 48 got so cold so fast that the ground is exploding.

Jeremy LaGoo
Why does hot water instantly turn into steam in subzero temps?

Why does hot water instantly turn into steam in subzero temps?

Meteorologist Jeremy LaGoo explains the science between the viral video phenomenon sweeping the Lower 48.

Jeremy LaGoo
More snow, freezing rain moving into Southcentral

More snow, freezing rain moving into Southcentral

Be prepared for another slick morning commute Tuesday, with an additional 1 to 3 inches of snow in Anchorage mixed with periods of freezing rain.

Melissa Frey
Dangerously slippery roads start the workweek

Dangerously slippery roads start the workweek

A thin layer of snow blanketed the Anchorage metro early Monday morning, making for a slick commute. More snow is in the forecast.

Jeremy LaGoo
Polar vortex bringing coldest temps in a decade to Lower 48

Polar vortex bringing coldest temps in a decade to Lower 48

The days-long cold snap will drop temperatures below zero for more than 80 million people. Many major cities have the potential to set all-time record low temperatures in the coming days. 

Jeremy LaGoo
Avalanche advisory may cause delays along Turnagain Arm

Avalanche advisory may cause delays along Turnagain Arm

The Chugach National Forest Avalanche Information Center has issued an avalanche advisory for Turnagain Arm, according to a Friday advisory.

KTVA Web Staff
Why are the roads icy?

Why are the roads icy?

Freezing rain fell across the Anchorage metro early Friday morning, but temperatures stayed above freezing. Our recent cold is to blame.

Jeremy LaGoo
Lower 48 mercury drops below Anchorage's in cold snap

Lower 48 mercury drops below Anchorage's in cold snap

Recent weather has parts of the Lower 48 colder than Alaska's biggest city, something that's not as rare as you might think.

Jeremy LaGoo
'Super blood wolf moon' illuminates Anchorage sky

'Super blood wolf moon' illuminates Anchorage sky

A total lunar eclipse rose over Anchorage Sunday night, illuminating the night sky.

Jeremy LaGoo
Sunday's lunar eclipse is a 'super blood wolf moon'. What does that mean?

Sunday's lunar eclipse is a 'super blood wolf moon'. What does that mean?

A total lunar eclipse will happen this weekend. Special circumstances make it the 'super blood wolf moon.'

Jeremy LaGoo
Hello, sunshine! Seasonal angle of the sun means brighter days ahead.

Hello, sunshine! Seasonal angle of the sun means brighter days ahead.

We've gained more than an hour of daylight since the solstice, and we are weeks away from the fastest gains of the year.

Jeremy LaGoo
The 40 Below Club: A UAF tradition of braving the cold

The 40 Below Club: A UAF tradition of braving the cold

When temperatures drop to minus 40 degrees, students at UAF take part in a time-honored tradition of braving the cold in order to join an elite club.

Jeremy LaGoo
Weather forecasts during the government shutdown: why they're getting worse

Weather forecasts during the government shutdown: why they're getting worse

The NWS continues to operate during the partial government shutdown, but the forecasts are getting worse.

Jeremy LaGoo
Magnitude 6.1 earthquake near Adak, tsunami not expected

Magnitude 6.1 earthquake near Adak, tsunami not expected

A magnitude 6.1 earthquake struck the western Aleutians early Saturday morning.

Jeremy LaGoo
Hoarfrost or rime ice: What's covering the trees?

Hoarfrost or rime ice: What's covering the trees?

After a cold and foggy start to the day, Anchorage was left with frosted trees. But was it hoarfrost or rime ice?

Jeremy LaGoo
The coldest days of the season are ahead. Are you ready?

The coldest days of the season are ahead. Are you ready?

After a very mild few months, the coldest days in almost a year are upon us. Are you ready?

Jeremy LaGoo
Blizzard, wind warnings for Southcentral

Blizzard, wind warnings for Southcentral

Blizzard and high wind warnings are in place in advance of the next storm hitting Southcentral on Sunday.

Jeremy LaGoo
Major earthquake hits eastern Russia, no tsunami danger

Major earthquake hits eastern Russia, no tsunami danger

Magnitude 7.4 earthquake strikes far eastern Russia.

Jeremy LaGoo
Sunsets are already getting later. It's sunrises making Southcentral days shorter.

Sunsets are already getting later. It's sunrises making Southcentral days shorter.

Soon we will be gaining daylight with each passing day, but the sunsets have already started getting later even though the days are still getting shorter.

Jeremy LaGoo
Snowfall turns Southcentral into a winter wonderland

Snowfall turns Southcentral into a winter wonderland

The National Weather Service officially reported 8 inches of snow at their station from this storm — basically doubling our season-to-date snowfall up until this point. 

Jeremy LaGoo
2018's Arctic Report Card shows Alaska changes

2018's Arctic Report Card shows Alaska changes

The Arctic continues to warm at a rate of almost double the rest of the planet. The impacts are causing extreme weather, devastating wildlife, and changing Alaska as we know it.

Jeremy LaGoo
More than 2,600 aftershocks reveal what took place during large Southcentral earthquake

More than 2,600 aftershocks reveal what took place during large Southcentral earthquake

Researchers are learning new information about what happened Friday morning when the Earth shook below Southcentral.

Shannon Ballard & Melissa Frey
High winds, heavy rain, then snow headed to Southcentral

High winds, heavy rain, then snow headed to Southcentral

A one-two punch of stormy weather is hitting Southcentral this weekend. 

Jeremy LaGoo & Melissa Frey
Friday's earthquake was largest to hit Anchorage in years

Friday's earthquake was largest to hit Anchorage in years

The high magnitude, nearby location, and shallow depth all combined to create a destructive situation for Anchorage and the Mat-Su.

Melissa Frey
Why Anchorage got snow and surrounding areas didn't

Why Anchorage got snow and surrounding areas didn't

Parts of Anchorage picked up almost 6 inches of snow Wednesday while the Valley and Kenai saw almost none.

Jeremy LaGoo
Snow accumulates quickly across Anchorage

Snow accumulates quickly across Anchorage

Anchorage began to see some long-awaited snowfall in recent weeks Wednesday morning, amid a weather cycle dominated by freezing rain and slick roads across Southcentral Alaska.

KTVA Web Staff
So, where's the snow?

So, where's the snow?

El Niño is in full effect and the impacts are noticeable here in Southcentral, just look outside.

Jeremy LaGoo
Anchorage in a fog, more on the way

Anchorage in a fog, more on the way

This fall has been all about the fog. After another day of dense fog in Anchorage, the forecast calls for more this week and next.

Jeremy LaGoo
What's with the freezing fog?

What's with the freezing fog?

Sunny days, clear nights, and a recent storm all come together to make for this rare weather phenomenon.

Jeremy LaGoo
November rain brings slushy fun for kids

November rain brings slushy fun for kids

There's no bad weather, just bad preparation.

Heather Hintze
Snow and ice hit Southcentral with more coming

Snow and ice hit Southcentral with more coming

A storm system moved into Southcentral Alaska late Saturday bringing snow, freezing rain, and strong winds, all of which will likely continue through Tuesday.

Melissa Frey
Snow in Southcentral: Safety tips from APD, after-school activities canceled by ASD

Snow in Southcentral: Safety tips from APD, after-school activities canceled by ASD

Anchorage police say in the first 10 hours of the day officers responded to 18 collisions and 34 vehicles in ditches.

Angela Krenzien
How did a Category 5 hurricane wipe an entire Hawaiian island off the map?

How did a Category 5 hurricane wipe an entire Hawaiian island off the map?

The island was uninhabited, but scientists are worried because it was a refuge for two of the most endangered animals in the world: the Hawaiian green sea turtle and the Hawaiian monk seal.

CNN News
KTVA Weather Lab: Bear Valley

KTVA Weather Lab: Bear Valley

With the KTVA Weather Lab in the classroom, the students at Bear Valley Elementary got a crash course on how to forecast the weather and an opportunity to present the forecast in front of the green screen.

Melissa Frey
Seward flood conditions are better, but more rain is on the way

Seward flood conditions are better, but more rain is on the way

Flooding continued in Seward for the third day in a row with little to no relief in sight.

Cassie Schirm
Seward flooding prompts emergency declaration, school closures

Seward flooding prompts emergency declaration, school closures

Seward's city manager issued an emergency declaration Tuesday, due to heavy rains that have left high water throughout town.

Melissa Frey
4.5 quake rattles Southcentral Alaska

4.5 quake rattles Southcentral Alaska

An earthquake briefly shook Southcentral Alaska and was felt in Anchorage Sunday evening.

Chris Klint
Storm brings record-setting heat, high winds, and heavy rain to Southcentral

Storm brings record-setting heat, high winds, and heavy rain to Southcentral

Before the rain moved in and winds picked up Wednesday, it was warm in Anchorage! Heavy rain and pockets of hail hit the bowl just before the evening commute. This storm also packed a punch when it comes to wind.

Melissa Frey
Warm weather smashes records across Southcentral, Southeast

Warm weather smashes records across Southcentral, Southeast

Southcentral has recorded at least 40 new record high temperatures so far this month. Of those, Anchorage set 5, Seward set 4 (all of which were in the 70s), Valdez has set 5, and Kenai has set 7 new record highs during the month of September.

Melissa Frey
2-foot snow dump hits Kenai Peninsula highways

2-foot snow dump hits Kenai Peninsula highways

A late-season winter storm that brought more than 2 feet of snow to parts of the eastern Kenai Peninsula has created hazardous driving conditions along the Seward Highway and dangerous road conditions on the eastern Sterling Highway.

Morning commute could be slick; weather advisories issued

Morning commute could be slick; weather advisories issued

The National Weather Service in Anchorage has issued Winter Weather Advisories for Anchorage and the Matanuska Valley. These advisories for into effect at midnight Sunday and expire at 4 p.m. Monday. Here are the specific details from the Weather Service:

Why does 80° feel hotter in Alaska?

Why does 80° feel hotter in Alaska?

Tuesday saw a record-setting high temperature of 80°. Well, if you've ever spent time Outside in the summer, you know 80° in Alaska feels way hotter than 80° in Miami. 

Where to fish in Southcentral this weekend

Where to fish in Southcentral this weekend

Heading out this weekend? Our resident fishing guru has the scoop on where to cast your line this weekend.

Memorial Day fishing guide

Memorial Day fishing guide

For those fisher-people eager to break out their fishing gear for this season or for the first time, here is the low-down on fishing in Southcentral.

Avalanche danger for the western Prince William Sound

Avalanche danger for the western Prince William Sound

The National Weather Service in Anchorage issued a Special Weather Statement at the request of the Chugach National Forest Avalanche Center.

Christmas forecast: Cold temps, light snow in store for Southcentral

Christmas forecast: Cold temps, light snow in store for Southcentral

Family, friends, and travel are on the minds of many this holiday weekend.

Brown bear runs alongside South Anchorage car

Brown bear runs alongside South Anchorage car

A fast-moving Anchorage bear became part of a Girdwood woman’s commute this week after she caught it on video.

Melissa Frey
Copper River Highway washes out at 44-mile

Copper River Highway washes out at 44-mile

This is the second major washout that's impacted travel on the road. The Copper River Highway has been closed at 36-mile since 2011 when erosion took out a bridge.

Heather Hintze
Aftershocks continue after largest earthquake on record for North Slope

Aftershocks continue after largest earthquake on record for North Slope

The Alaska Earthquake Center says they've recorded more than 4,000 earthquakes in this region since 1970, but Sunday's quake was the largest to ever strike in Alaska, north of the Brooks Range. 

Melissa Frey
Experimental seismic sensors help scientists track remote earthquakes

Experimental seismic sensors help scientists track remote earthquakes

There are more than 280 seismic sensors around Alaska and western Canada as part of the Transportable Array program.

Heather Hintze
Perseid Meteor Shower lights the sky this weekend

Perseid Meteor Shower lights the sky this weekend

If you see a break in the clouds this weekend, put your eyes to the sky. The annual Perseid meteor shower is putting on a show.

Melissa Frey
Alaska Volcano Observatory gets $12M for new equipment

Alaska Volcano Observatory gets $12M for new equipment

New funding for the Alaska Volcano Observatory will bring the organization’s equipment into the 21st century.

Angela Krenzien
'Resilience may not be enough': Why a rare sea turtle is losing its males

'Resilience may not be enough': Why a rare sea turtle is losing its males

The struggle to save the already endangered green sea turtle faces a new challenge. T

CBS News
Seabird die-off has scientists on high-alert

Seabird die-off has scientists on high-alert

The cause behind unusual bird behavior on Alaska's coastline have scientists on high alert.

Heavy rain causes flooding across Susitna Valley

Heavy rain causes flooding across Susitna Valley

Heavy rain falling in the Susitna and Matanuska Valleys and across the Interior is causing many rivers and streams to run high and exceed their banks.

Melissa Frey
Hotshot with ties to AK dies in fire near Yosemite

Hotshot with ties to AK dies in fire near Yosemite

A second firefighter died while working to combat a wildfire in California.

CBS News
Mars appearing bigger and brighter this weekend

Mars appearing bigger and brighter this weekend

Starting Friday and continuing through the weekend, Mars will appear much bigger and brighter than normal. The Earth is passing between the sun and Mars, at the same time Mars is closer to the S

Melissa Frey
Kenai River dipnetting to close day early

Kenai River dipnetting to close day early

It's the latest piece of bad news for fishermen in Alaska: the Kenai River Personal Use Dipnet Fishery is closing a day early.

Fuel spill closes commercial fishing in Nushagak District

Fuel spill closes commercial fishing in Nushagak District

The Alaska Dept. of Fish and Game Thursday announced the closure of commercial fishing near Dillingham after fuel from a sunken vessel began to spread. 

Wildfire near Tok grows; hot, dry weather continues

Wildfire near Tok grows; hot, dry weather continues

A wildfire burning in remote eastern Alaska has grown to nearly 19 square miles (49 sq. kilometers).

Associated Press
Viral eyelash woman shares now suffering through heat, mosquitoes

Viral eyelash woman shares now suffering through heat, mosquitoes

Remember the woman with frozen lashes that went viral? She's in the same spot, suffering heat and mosquitoes

CBS News
New fishing restrictions for Kodiak, Dillingham

New fishing restrictions for Kodiak, Dillingham

If you’re looking to do some salmon fishing near Dillingham or Kodiak this summer, you may need to adjust your plans. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has issued some restrictions and closures to know about. 

Angela Krenzien
Cottonwood fluff brings snowy conditions to Anchorage

Cottonwood fluff brings snowy conditions to Anchorage

Cottonwood fluff may look bad but it doesn't pose a health risk. Experts say there's no pollen in the fluffy balls, so it doesn't affect people with allergies.

Lauren Maxwell
Rangers warn hikers to stay off Byron Glacier snowfield

Rangers warn hikers to stay off Byron Glacier snowfield

A Minnesota woman was killed when a snow formation, commonly referred to as a snow cave, collapsed on July 4.

Heather Hintze
Throw it back! Kings restricted from Kenai dipnetting season

Throw it back! Kings restricted from Kenai dipnetting season

Heads up, Alaskans: you can't keep kings when dipnetting this month in the Kenai. 

Dog dies after being left in hot car in Southeast

Dog dies after being left in hot car in Southeast

A dog was left in a hot car in Southeast on Tuesday where it eventually died, according to the Gastineau Humane Society. 

Burn ban remains in place through July 4

Burn ban remains in place through July 4

The Anchorage Fire Department says open fires in the muni are prohibited due to very high-extreme fire danger.

Anchorage residents get out and enjoy nice weather

Anchorage residents get out and enjoy nice weather

With temperatures in the high-70s, Anchorage residents made the most of a beautiful day Tuesday.

Lauren Maxwell
Southcentral first-rate fishing spots before Fourth of July

Southcentral first-rate fishing spots before Fourth of July

Here's a look at where to cast your line in Southcentral Alaska during the pre-Fourth of July weekend.

Lava flow observed at Aleutian's Cleveland Volcano

Lava flow observed at Aleutian's Cleveland Volcano

The Alaska Volcano Observatory said Tuesday that a lava flow was observed at the Cleveland Volcano on the uninhabited Chuginadak Island in the Aleutian Chain. 

Fishing guide for the first weekend of summer

Fishing guide for the first weekend of summer

If you're planning to pack it up and go fishing this weekend, here's your guide on what you'll catch and where.

Sport fishing guides forced to roll with new king restrictions on Kenai River

Sport fishing guides forced to roll with new king restrictions on Kenai River

"The king rods out of the boat and then the cooler out of the boat as well you know, that's a sign that there won't be any fish coming home with us." Local sport guides react to Alaska Fish & Game's restrictions in king salmon fishing on the Kenai River.

Scott Gross
Signs a child is drowning can be easy to miss

Signs a child is drowning can be easy to miss

With summer recreation luring kids to the water, experts caution parents that one of the season's favorite pastimes is also one of the most dangerous for children.

CBS News
Where anglers should cast their lines this weekend

Where anglers should cast their lines this weekend

Our in-house angling expert shares tips for a successful fishing trip this weekend in Southcentral.

Spruce bark beetles spark concern

Spruce bark beetles spark concern

The State Division of Forestry is very concerned about a resurgence of spruce bark beetles.

Lauren Maxwell

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