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Winds gusting to nearly 90 miles an hour blew down trees and knocked out power Sunday night and Monday for more than 4,000 Golden Valley Electric Association customers in communities north of the Alaska Range.

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KUAC's Dan Bross talks with Alaska Center for Climate Assessment and Policy Climate specialist Rick Thoman about how wet our summer has been and why.


Don and Karen Cornelius

Climate records indicate the Fairbanks area has shifted wetter over the last 5 years. Alaska Center for Climate Assessment and Policy climate specialist Rick Thoman says the multi-year trend is record breaking.

"We are now at the wettest five-year block in the climate record, for our area.”

Thoman says the statistic is being driven by more extreme rain and snow events.

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KUAC's Dan Bross talks with Alaska Center for Climate Assessment and Policy Climate specialist Rick Thoman about a hot Arctic, more than 16 degrees Farenhiet above normal.

07-09-20 12:04 PM newscast


Arctic Sets High Temperature Record

Jul 2, 2020
Indian Country Today

KUAC's Dan Bross talks with Alaska Center for Climate Assessment and Policy Climate specialist Rick Thoman about a new high temperature record in the Arctic.


United States Society on Dams

Low pressure in the Gulf of Alaska has been spinning waves of moisture from the east over the Alaska Range into the interior. As of Tuesday Fairbanks had received 2.66 inches of rain so far this month, well above the normal of less than an inch. 


KUAC's Dan Bross talks with Alaska Center for Climate Assessment and Policy Climate specialist Rick Thoman about lightning-caused wildfires.


Lightning Storm Starts Clear Creek Fire

Jun 1, 2020
National Weather Service

Alaska’s wildfire situation heightened over the weekend, as the season’s first major thunderstorms resulted in thousands of lightning strikes. Alaska Fire Service spokesperson Beth Ipsen says there were 1,800 lightning strikes Saturday, and 3,500 Sunday, spanning a large swath of the state

Ipsen says the lightning sparked 20 new wildfires including two blazes in the Unalakleet area, which were fought with smoke jumpers and water scooping planes.  

KUAC's Dan Bross talks with Alaska Center for Climate Assessment and Policy Climate specialist Rick Thoman about how the Arctic, unlike the Antarctic,  gets ozone from other air masses.


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