Sandia National Laboratories

Cool, rainy weather has kept this year’s fire season fairly quiet. And as the midpoint of this year’s fire season approaches, state and federal firefighting officials anticipate that weather pattern is likely to continue. Which means they’ll probably soon be sending back firefighters and equipment that’ve been on loan from agencies in the Lower 48.

KUAC's Dan Bross talk with Alaska Center for Climate Assessment and Policy climate specialist Rick Thoman about how lightning is generated.

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Alaska Division of Forestry

A shift in winds has moved the wildfire smoke that blanketed Fairbanks Thursday, but National Weather Service meteorologist Scott Berg says it may yet drift back into town over the weekend.

A new study of lightning in Alaska …

Rare 'Red Lightning' Garners National Attention

Aug 14, 2013
Jason Ahrns,

Fairbanks, AK - A graduate student from the University of Alaska, Fairbanks has garnered national media attention after he posted photos of a rare lightning-related phenomenon to his blog.

Thunderstorms can produce dark grey clouds and blazing flashes of white lightning, but above all that, things are much more colorful.  University of Alaska Fairbanks, PhD student Jason Ahrns says pilots have reported bright red flashes of light above thunderstorms for decades. “Some people kind of dismissed those as people seeing things," he says, "because nobody had any real evidence.”

September Thunder

Sep 10, 2012

The Fairbanks area got some unusual late season weather yesterday. KUAC’s Dan Bross reports.