Fourth Chinook Predicted in Southcentral


The National Weather Service is predicting another Chinook for Southcentral Alaska starting Tuesday. If it materializes, it will be the fourth windy and warm event of the season. The last Chinook blew through Anchorage Sunday, with winds up to 104 miles per hour on the hillside and 40 miles per hour in town. Temperatures climbed as high 46 degrees. Dave Snider is a forecaster with the National Weather Service. He says it will mostly affect higher elevations.

Snider says Chinooks are tricky to forecast. If the storm diverges from models by just a few miles, it can dramatically affect how warm and windy it gets. He says it looks like this will be the last Chinook for Southcentral, at least for a while. He says he’s new to the area, but colleagues report this winter has been an odd one.

After Tuesday the forecast is calling for some snow and colder temperatures.

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Annie Feidt is the Managing Editor for Alaska's Energy Desk, a collaboration between Alaska Public Media in Anchorage, KTOO Public Media in Juneau and KUCB in Unalaska. Her reporting has taken her searching for polar bears on the Chukchi Sea ice, out to remote checkpoints on the Iditarod Trail, and up on the Eklutna Glacier with scientists studying its retreat. Her stories have been heard nationally on NPR and Marketplace. Annie’s career in radio journalism began in 1998 at Minnesota Public Radio, where she produced the regional edition of All Things Considered. She moved to Anchorage in 2004 with her husband, intending to stay in the 49th state just a few years. She has no plans to leave anytime soon. afeidt (at) alaskapublic (dot) org  |  907.550.8443 | About Annie

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