Annie Feidt, Alaska's Energy Desk - Anchorage
La Nina typically brings cooler and drier conditions to Alaska. And because of global warming, that may mean a more typical winter for much of the state.
In Alaska, big fall storms are often associated with the jet stream. Listen now
Weather conditions aren't a driver of when fall colors appear, but weather events can drive the extent, duration and intensity of fall colors. Listen now
Brettschneider says this year's Arctic sea ice retreat won't break the record set in 2012, but is not too far behind. He says it's strikingly low compared to two decades ago. Listen now
Fairbanks gets the first freeze of the season about a week ahead of normal. Listen now
If you took all that water that has just fallen on Harris County and you put it right over the urban part of Anchorage it would be about 60 or 70 feet deep. It's an extraordinary amount of water that's fallen. Listen now
Most places in Alaska are wetter than normal for August, but it's been especially rainy in Ketchikan. Listen now
August is the rainiest month in Alaska. But how rainy? That depends on where you live. Listen now
Juneau has had very few days above 70 this summer. In contrast, Anchorage logged its warmest temperature of the year Sunday, 76 degrees. Listen now
Less than ten years after oil started flowing, Alaska’s economy cratered. The recession was quick and deep.
In Alaska, we don’t pay income tax. We don’t pay state sales tax. But once a year every man, woman and child gets a cut of the state’s oil wealth. There are plenty of other oil states in the world, but Alaska is the only one that treats residents like shareholders and sends them dividend checks every year.
Back in 1970 on July 19, it snowed 9.7 inches at the Summit weather station just south of Cantwell on the Parks Highway. Listen now
Residents of Utqiagvik have experienced above normal temperatures for the last 17 months. But a cooler-than-normal June will end that streak.
Fairbanks hit 90 degrees last week for the first time in four years. The heat was very localized to the Tanana and Yukon river valleys. We asked Brian Brettschneider, with our Ask a Climatologist segment, which areas of Alaska usually see the hottest temperatures in the summer. He says the warmest temperatures are almost always found in the Interior.
Wildfire season is off to a slow start in Alaska. But that could change very quickly. That’s because predicting how severe a wildfire season will be in the state is so tricky. Alaska’s Energy Desk is checking in with climatologist Brian Brettschneider each week as part of the segment, Ask a Climatologist. Brettschneider says over the entire season, which runs through the end of July, no wildfire forecast is useful for Alaska.
May weather can't tell us much about what the rest of the summer will hold in Southcentral Alaska. Listen now
If you imagine a chart, 'peak summer' is the top of the annual temperature curve or the warmest part of the year. In Interior Alaska, that peak happens much earlier than most of the rest of the country. Listen now
Alaska is once again the land of the midnight sun. If you live in Utqiaġvik (formerly Barrow), the sun won’t set again until August 2. Listen now