Tag: Watch the Ice
For the first time ever, the ice road on the frozen Kuskokwim River has been plowed to Sleetmute, a village north of Bethel.
Rick Thoman, a climatologist, called it "a big change from the last couple of years and good news for the region.”
Kotzebue has had a cold February, with little snow for insulation. That means some locals have had to contend with frozen water and sewer lines. That problem is also being faced by the city, which recently had to transfer several prisoners to Nome after the jail toilets became unusable.
A national expert on Arctic policy told state lawmakers on Thursday that Alaska will be at the front line of global competition over Arctic Ocean resources.
Selawik mayor Clyde Ramoth says frozen pipes are a chronic problem due to issues with the initial installation of the above-ground water system.
The cold snap helped the sea ice form in the Chukchi and Bering Seas, but the recent shift is slowing it down.
Despite the cold stretch that brought the year to an end, 2019 is the warmest year on record for Bethel.
The crew experienced no issues while they plowed the 50 miles from Tuluksak to Kalskag in a wind chill of negative 45 degrees fahrenheit.
In early January, state, borough and city crews all convened on the bank of the Kenai River off Big Eddy Road, where ice jams had caused some minor flooding.
Across the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta, temperatures have reached far below zero for weeks, freezing pipes in homes and businesses across the region.
The Bering Strait School District has sent in-house maintenance to both St. Michael and Shishmaref to provide support.
For many in Anchorage, winter and its accompanying outdoor opportunities are something to relish rather than escape. But residents of the state’s largest city are being forced to renegotiate their relationship with winters.
An intrepid group of local radio reporters ventured to a pond behind their office to see first-hand just how good ice-skating conditions are in Anchorage.
Russia’s military dominance over Arctic grows while US treads water, security experts tell Senate panel
Russia and China stepped up their game in the Arctic this year while the United States is just waking to the strategic power competition in the region, experts told a Senate panel.
Most of Anchorage is currently covered in ice, but that doesn't mean it's impossible to ski. Junior Nordic athletes at Russian Jack Park found decent, if not ideal, skiing conditions on Wednesday.
A bill advancing in the U.S. Senate aims to allow new maritime opportunities in the Arctic while designing a framework that ensures safety.
With more holes than usual in Kuskokwim River ice near Bethel, Search and Rescue issues safety warning
Last year at this time there was only one hole nine miles from Bethel. This year there are four open holes close to the community.
This has become the new norm across the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta. Late winters and sudden thawing have turned roads into slush and made rivers and sloughs, which are necessary for travel, less safe because they take longer to freeze.
A soon-to-be-published research paper will show how climate change is responsible for the glacier’s recent about-face into retreat. But scientists, Juneau-area hunters and residents have seen it coming for decades.
While lower sea ice conditions pose safety and hunting risks, they can also lead to an overall temperature increase for the region.
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