El Nino

The ebb and flow of Arctic sea ice …


NOAA

Twenty-sixteen was the warmest year in Alaska since the National Weather Service began keeping records in the state more than a hundred years ago. Two weather-service climate specialists say that’s mainly because of extraordinarily warm ocean water, which in turn helped generate above-normal precipitation – especially in the Interior.


Forecasting weather in a warming Arctic … 


National Weather Service

Residents of the Interior will likely see more snow and a cold snap or two this winter.


Arctic winter forecast: warm, with occasional normal weather ...


Record-setting Arctic warmth and sea-ice cover … 


The role of climate change in our weird winter weather …


It’s a challenge for news media to keep up their reporting on climate change’s impact on the Arctic, because of the pace of change and scientists new findings on, for example, the melting of polar sea ice.

El Nino Returns

May 20, 2015
National Weather Service / National Weather Service

The Ocean driven climate cycle El Nino is back. As KUAC’s Dan Bross reports, that means immediate weather changes along the equator, and some effects as far north as Alaska.

The weather forecast calls for more abnormally warm conditions across Alaska. National Weather Service Meteorologist Nick Schwartz, says the persistent balmy pattern is the result of a large ridge of high pressure that continues to ride along the west coast of the lower 48, all the way up into eastern Alaska.