Climate expert: Alaska has resources to be global leader in energy

Climate expert: Alaska has resources to be global leader in energy

World-renowned climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe is on a mission across the state to talk to Alaskans about how they can meet their energy needs and tackle climate changes.

Aaron Morrison
Drought, bugs and record heat: Why this year's fall colors could look different

Drought, bugs and record heat: Why this year's fall colors could look different

Leaves around Southcentral aren't as vibrant this year. A dry summer and invasive insect caused many trees to change color and drop leaves early.

Jeremy LaGoo
Swan Lake Fire: 163,714 acres, 37% contained

Swan Lake Fire: 163,714 acres, 37% contained

The Swan Lake Fire started from a lightning strike on June 5. Since then, it has grown to be the largest fire on the Kenai Peninsula this season.

KTVA Web Staff & KTVA Weather Team
How much rain do we need to end the drought in Alaska?

How much rain do we need to end the drought in Alaska?

Rain is falling across Southcentral, but after the driest summer on record for parts of Alaska it will take more than a week of rain to end the ongoing drought.

Jeremy LaGoo
Are we saying goodbye to 70-degree temperatures?

Are we saying goodbye to 70-degree temperatures?

With summer in our rear view mirror, we look at the number of 70-degree days and if we'll see anymore.

Aaron Morrison
September: A dramatic month of weather changes

September: A dramatic month of weather changes

The month of September welcomes fall. It is also the month in which Anchorage goes through some of its most dramatic changes of the year. Daylight hours, rain and temperatures all fall dramatically.

Jeremy LaGoo
2 Alaska communities expect to run out of drinking water soon

2 Alaska communities expect to run out of drinking water soon

Alaska communities expect to run out of drinking water due to drought conditions.

Joe Vigil
Anchorage officially saw the hottest and driest summer on record

Anchorage officially saw the hottest and driest summer on record

Anchorage officially etches itself in history, as the warmest and driest meteorological summer on record comes to a close.

Aaron Morrison
Air quality to improve for Labor Day weekend

Air quality to improve for Labor Day weekend

Traveling for Labor Day? Here's what you can expect for the weather across the state.

Aaron Morrison
Aftershocks continue 9 months after magnitude 7.1 quake

Aftershocks continue 9 months after magnitude 7.1 quake

Tuesday night's magnitude 4.1 earthquake was one of many recent aftershocks of the Nov. 30 magnitude 7.1 earthquake that hit Southcentral.

Jeremy LaGoo
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.

Makayla Clark
Ways to prevent boating accidents, deaths

Ways to prevent boating accidents, deaths

With the recent boating accidents, safety is something that should be on every boater's mind.

Makayla Clark
Alaska salmon deaths blamed on record warm temperatures

Alaska salmon deaths blamed on record warm temperatures

Alaska fisheries officials say widespread salmon deaths this summer are tied to river water heated by record high temperatures.

Associated Press
Rainfall deficit grows with little rain in sight

Rainfall deficit grows with little rain in sight

A typical August in Southcentral Alaska is known for being quite soggy, especially compared to the rest of the year. On average, Anchorage typically sees 3.25 inches of rain, which is about what we see in May, June, and July combined. Not this year though

Melissa Frey
Why air quality is worse at night and in the morning

Why air quality is worse at night and in the morning

As wildfires continue to burn across the state amidst the driest summer on record, air quality continues to fluctuate from moderate to hazardous.

Aaron Morrison
Advisories issued for unhealthy air quality and poor visibility

Advisories issued for unhealthy air quality and poor visibility

As wildfires grow across Southcentral, smoke continues to spread across the region. Anchorage saw it's worst air quality since June 28th when the smoke forced the air quality index into the very unhealthy level in the early afternoon. The air quality has

Melissa Frey
Weather helps fire fighting conditions improve but no rain in the forecast

Weather helps fire fighting conditions improve but no rain in the forecast

The storm responsible for powerful wind gusts this weekend will continue to move off the coast and weaken on Monday.

Jeremy LaGoo
Very high fire danger across Southcentral this weekend

Very high fire danger across Southcentral this weekend

Dry conditions and gusting wind will increase fire danger across Southcentral late Friday.

Jeremy LaGoo & Aaron Morrison
Rare lightning strikes less than 300 miles from the North Pole

Rare lightning strikes less than 300 miles from the North Pole

The National Weather Service in Fairbanks, Alaska recorded incredibly rare lightning strikes over the Arctic Ocean.

Jeremy LaGoo
July climate report details record heat across Alaska

July climate report details record heat across Alaska

The July climate report from the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration is in. The impacts of the abnormally warm month can be felt statewide.

Jeremy LaGoo
Magnitude 4.1 earthquake shakes Southcentral

Magnitude 4.1 earthquake shakes Southcentral

The magnitude 4.1 earthquake is considered an aftershock of the Nov. 30, 2018 quake. This is the strongest aftershock since May 18.

Jeremy LaGoo
How to save money on back-to-school clothes

How to save money on back-to-school clothes

Outfitting kids for the school year adds up fast but taking advantage of the time before winter sets in to shop around can cut the price of this list by 50% to 70%.

Melissa Frey
July ends as warmest on record for Alaska

July ends as warmest on record for Alaska

It wasn't just you, it was so hot in July that Alaska broke many all-time heat records.

Jeremy LaGoo
Fairbanks goes dark for first time in more than 2 months

Fairbanks goes dark for first time in more than 2 months

Nautical twilight spread across parts of the Interior for the first time in months. Many experienced the darkness for the first time since May.

Jeremy LaGoo
Anchorage gets more rain in one weekend than it did in all of June

Anchorage gets more rain in one weekend than it did in all of June

This past weekend rain returned to Southcentral. While the storm wasn't a soaker by any means, Anchorage did receive more rain Sunday and Monday morning than the city reported during the entire month of June.

Jeremy LaGoo
Record-breaking heat leading to thermal stress in Alaska salmon

Record-breaking heat leading to thermal stress in Alaska salmon

Salmon are migrating into unknown territory, as record-breaking heat hits Alaska.

Aaron Morrison
Drought monitor has 577,000 Alaskans in abnormally dry conditions

Drought monitor has 577,000 Alaskans in abnormally dry conditions

Recent hot, dry weather dried out much of Alaska. Some 62 percent of the state now faces abnormally dry conditions.

Jeremy LaGoo
Alaska seniors struggle to stay cool in hot weather

Alaska seniors struggle to stay cool in hot weather

Mary Reeve and her husband James have struggled to stay cool through the heat wave.

Joe Vigil
Red flag warnings issued across Alaska for high fire danger

Red flag warnings issued across Alaska for high fire danger

A shift in the weather pattern will bring increased fire danger to many parts of Alaska.

Jeremy LaGoo
Wildfires and air quality: What this smoke means for your health

Wildfires and air quality: What this smoke means for your health

As smoke from wildfires across the state fill the air, there are things you can do to avoid making the effects any worse.

Jeremy LaGoo
Record heat brings concern for children and pets

Record heat brings concern for children and pets

Alaska hasn't had a documented case of a hot car death, but the threat still exist.

Aaron Morrison
Anchorage could challenge all-time record high temperature

Anchorage could challenge all-time record high temperature

A rather stout area of high pressure is bringing record heat, melting glaciers and wildfire concerns to Southcentral.

Aaron Morrison
Swan Lake fire grows to more than 48,000 acres

Swan Lake fire grows to more than 48,000 acres

The Swan Lake fire continues to grow. Smoke from the fire prompted smoke advisories for the Kenai Peninsula and an air quality advisory in Southcentral.

Jeremy LaGoo
10% contained: Swan Lake Fire exceeds 40,000 acres

10% contained: Swan Lake Fire exceeds 40,000 acres

The fire started from a lightning strike and has been growing ever since.

Aaron Morrison
Swan Lake Fire grows to 32,300 acres, blankets Southcentral in smoke

Swan Lake Fire grows to 32,300 acres, blankets Southcentral in smoke

Warm, dry weather aides in Swan Lake wildfire growth. A burn ban is in place for the Kenai Peninsula as weather conditions favor fire development in the coming days.

Jeremy LaGoo
Seasonal lag: Why warmer temperatures occur well after summer solstice

Seasonal lag: Why warmer temperatures occur well after summer solstice

It's summer in the Last Frontier and days are slowly getting shorter. While that may be the case, have you ever noticed that the warmer days actually don't occur until several weeks after the Summer Solstice? The answer lies in our oceans, which make up 7

Aaron Morrison
Swan Lake fire grows, crews from Lower 48 set to arrive

Swan Lake fire grows, crews from Lower 48 set to arrive

Fire officials say warmer conditions and winds pushed the Swan Lake fire on the Kenai Peninsula to more than 18,000 acres on Thursday.

KTVA Web Staff
Photos: Wildflowers blooming around Southcentral

Photos: Wildflowers blooming around Southcentral

Wildflowers are in bloom around Southcentral Alaska. Viewers shared some of their favorites from recent days.

Jeremy LaGoo
How do double rainbows form?

How do double rainbows form?

A rare double rainbow formed over Palmer Monday night. Unique weather conditions caused this to appear in the sky, here's why.

Jeremy LaGoo
Swan Lake Fire sees minimal growth due to cool, wet conditions

Swan Lake Fire sees minimal growth due to cool, wet conditions

The fire started from a lightning strike on June 5 is now approaching 13,000 acres, the Alaska Division of Forestry said Sunday.

Aaron Morrison
Rash of lightning strikes sparks nearly a dozen wildfires

Rash of lightning strikes sparks nearly a dozen wildfires

Thunderstorm activity has been on the increase across Alaska this week, prompting not only severe thunderstorm warnings but numerous wildfires around the state.

Aaron Morrison
Will we hit 70 degrees this week in Anchorage?

Will we hit 70 degrees this week in Anchorage?

The average first 70 degree day in Anchorage happens during the first week of June each year. Early week sun and warmth might be a hint of what's in store in the days to come.

Jeremy LaGoo
Thunderstorms lead to flash flooding in Palmer

Thunderstorms lead to flash flooding in Palmer

Thunderstorms produced record rainfall in Palmer Monday afternoon causing flash flooding and forcing closures of roads and businesses.

Melissa Frey
Severe thunderstorms, heavy rain lash Interior Alaska

Severe thunderstorms, heavy rain lash Interior Alaska

In a rare showing, three severe thunderstorm warnings were issued for Interior Alaska Sunday evening. To put things in context, just 49 have been issued since 2004.

Jeremy LaGoo
Can we get a tornado in Alaska? It's happened before.

Can we get a tornado in Alaska? It's happened before.

Following a massive tornado outbreak across America's heartland and a round of thunderstorms in Anchorage, we explore the possibility of a twister in the Last Frontier.

Jeremy LaGoo
First-ever extreme drought recorded in Southeast Alaska

First-ever extreme drought recorded in Southeast Alaska

Southeast Alaska experiences first extreme drought since monitoring began in 2000.

Aaron Morrison
Progress continues in Oregon Lakes Fire

Progress continues in Oregon Lakes Fire

Recent rains and cooler temperatures have helped firefighters in preventing the fire from spreading, but it's still burning in an area with significant safety concerns. 

Aaron Morrison
April brings above-normal warmth in Alaska and around the world

April brings above-normal warmth in Alaska and around the world

The impacts of the above-normal warmth were felt around the world, including here in Alaska. 

Jeremy LaGoo
The sun won’t set in Utqiagvik until August

The sun won’t set in Utqiagvik until August

The sun rose in Utqiagvik Saturday morning and won't set until August. Alaskans experience more daylight all year than anywhere in the Lower 48, all thanks to the long summer days. Check out how your city compares!

Jeremy LaGoo
Despite recent rain, drought conditions persist

Despite recent rain, drought conditions persist

Rain returned to Southeast Alaska, but not enough to change ongoing drought conditions.

Jeremy LaGoo
Denali weather delays hurt snowboarder’s rescue for days

Denali weather delays hurt snowboarder’s rescue for days

A snowboarder injured on Denali last week was flown to safety along with a climbing partner Sunday night, after days of rescue efforts.

KTVA Web Staff
Almost a bomb cyclone — powerful storm hits Southcentral

Almost a bomb cyclone — powerful storm hits Southcentral

The storm bringing strong winds to Southcentral Friday strengthened fast enough to almost be considered a bomb cyclone.

Jeremy LaGoo
High wind warning for Anchorage Hillside and Turnagain Arm Friday

High wind warning for Anchorage Hillside and Turnagain Arm Friday

A storm system is moving into Anchorage that will bring high winds to the area Friday, with the strongest winds like Friday early afternoon through the evening. 

Melissa Frey
Wednesday's rainfall sets new record in Anchorage

Wednesday's rainfall sets new record in Anchorage

With 0.51 inches of rain, Wednesday is officially the rainiest day so far in 2019.

KTVA Weather Team
Allergy season: How weather impacts your symptoms

Allergy season: How weather impacts your symptoms

Weather affects the amount of allergens that make it into the air. Each season has a different set of ideal conditions to minimize the impact on allergy sufferers.

Jeremy LaGoo
Very high fire danger: Red flag warning for Interior Alaska

Very high fire danger: Red flag warning for Interior Alaska

Strong wind and dry conditions prompt red flag warning for Deltana and Tanana Flats. Increased fore danger will last through Tuesday, May 7, 2019.

Jeremy LaGoo
Fire season: The dangers of spring wildfires

Fire season: The dangers of spring wildfires

Each year hundreds of thousands of acres burn across the state. The number one cause of fires is people, but mother nature also contributes.

Jeremy LaGoo
Hot, dry Interior conditions spark wildfire concerns

Hot, dry Interior conditions spark wildfire concerns

Alaska wildfire officials are closely monitoring fire-prone conditions in the Interior this week, as offices across the state brace for an emerging fire season that has already seen dozens of blazes.

Temperature or daylight: What causes spring buds to sprout?

Temperature or daylight: What causes spring buds to sprout?

As days grow longer and the mercury continues to rise, the trees are budding. But what causes the return of leaves? The answer is a little more complicated than just spring-time conditions.

Jeremy LaGoo
Why do we experience allergic reactions to pollen?

Why do we experience allergic reactions to pollen?

While taking these actions won't necessarily prevent allergies through the season, it could limit how severe they become as you head outdoors and enjoy the warmer weather.

Aaron Morrison
Anchorage sees snowiest April in years

Anchorage sees snowiest April in years

With winter making a sudden comeback, this has been the snowiest April on record since 2013.

Aaron Morrison
5 things you thought you knew about snow

5 things you thought you knew about snow

With spring on hold in Southcentral, let's take a look at common misconceptions and myths about snow.

Aaron Morrison
Why are spring snowflakes so big?

Why are spring snowflakes so big?

Spring snowfall is different from a winter storm, and a little science explains why.

Jeremy LaGoo
Winter returns to Southcentral

Winter returns to Southcentral

Snow blanketed parts of Southcentral Wednesday morning, reminding us we still live in Alaska.

Jeremy LaGoo
'Green up' gets an early start this season

'Green up' gets an early start this season

Above normal temperatures are prompting an early start to "green up" across Southcentral.

Jeremy LaGoo
Fairbanks, Anchorage, Juneau warmer than parts of Lower 48

Fairbanks, Anchorage, Juneau warmer than parts of Lower 48

Alaska continues its stretch of abnormally warm weather as parts of the Lower 48 dig out from another record springtime storm.

Jeremy LaGoo
Earning daylight: A look at Alaska's long summer days

Earning daylight: A look at Alaska's long summer days

The northernmost point in Alaska will see 24 hours of daylight by early May.

Aaron Morrison
Belugas are back: How you can see them in Turnagain Arm

Belugas are back: How you can see them in Turnagain Arm

With the ice gone, beluga whales have returned to Turnagain Arm. The best viewing happens in the spring and fall; here are some pointers on how to watch them responsibly.

Jeremy LaGoo
KTVA Weather Lab: Bowman Elementary Open Optional

KTVA Weather Lab: Bowman Elementary Open Optional

They got a close up look at the weather instruments used to monitor the atmosphere and how KTVA's Melissa Frey analyzes the data to make a forecast.

Melissa Frey
Does snow have a smell?

Does snow have a smell?

Ever notice the smell of snow before a storm? Some interesting science explains why our bodies might smell something that doesn't have an odor.

Jeremy LaGoo
Snow in April: How common is it?

Snow in April: How common is it?

Although not as common, snow in April does happen in Anchorage.

Jeremy LaGoo & Aaron Morrison
Troopers urge Alaskans to stay off frozen rivers and lakes

Troopers urge Alaskans to stay off frozen rivers and lakes

Warmer-than-normal temperatures have made many rivers and lakes in Alaska unsafe for travel or leisure.

Jeremy LaGoo
Scraping frost off your car? Here's why and how you might stop it

Scraping frost off your car? Here's why and how you might stop it

Warm days and clear, cold nights are perfect for frost formation. But there's something you can do to stop the frost from forming.

Jeremy LaGoo
Warm March leads to numerous new records statewide

Warm March leads to numerous new records statewide

While many spots in the Lower 48 are still struggling to reach the first 70-degree mark of the year, Alaska is melting in the heat.

Aaron Morrison
Tsunami Preparedness Week: Disaster Supplies Kit

Tsunami Preparedness Week: Disaster Supplies Kit

Do you have an emergency plan in place should a tsunami occur in your area?

Aaron Morrison
Tsunami Preparedness Week: Where to Evacuate

Tsunami Preparedness Week: Where to Evacuate

Immediate evacuation out of a tsunami zone could save your life if you know where to go. 

Melissa Frey
Tsunami Preparedness Week: When should you evacuate?

Tsunami Preparedness Week: When should you evacuate?

When a tsunami warning is issued, do you know what to do?

Jeremy LaGoo, Aaron Morrison & Melissa Frey
Tsunami Preparedness Week: What is a Tsunami?

Tsunami Preparedness Week: What is a Tsunami?

It is tsunami awareness week. What exactly is a tsunami and what causes one?

Jeremy LaGoo
Anchorage experiencing warmest March in more than 30 years

Anchorage experiencing warmest March in more than 30 years

Melting snow and abnormally warm temperatures are leading to Anchorage's warmest March in decades.

Aaron Morrison
Tsunami Preparedness Week: Are you in a tsunami zone?

Tsunami Preparedness Week: Are you in a tsunami zone?

Many coastal areas of Alaska fall within tsunami zones, areas that face the potential impacts of tsunamis both locally generated and those that travel thousands of miles. Are you within one?

Jeremy LaGoo, Aaron Morrison & Melissa Frey
5.2 quake shakes Western Alaska

5.2 quake shakes Western Alaska

Western Alaska shook Tuesday afternoon as a large earthquake rumbled through the area 41 miles south of Kobuk.

Melissa Frey
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

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