Nenana Ice Classic

Nenana Ice Classic

KUAC's Dan Bross talks with Alaska Center for Climate Assessment and Policy Climate Specialist Rick Thoman about river ice and break up.

Dan Bross / KUAC

Nenana Ice Classic staff are busy processing over 250 thousand tickets purchased this year in the annual Tanana River Ice out guessing game. KUAC’s Dan Bross reports, the classic employs a low tech, but time tested system.

This week’s warm weather is turning attention to river breakup. National Weather Service hydrologist Ed Plumb is tracking factors that play into ice out.

“Basically from Fairbanks eastward, it’s been kind of more typical winter, at least when you look at the ice thicknesses, and the snow pack on the ground. Versus further to our west and south. As you go into the western interior, the snow pack is well below normal, and this is the same case as you go south of the Alaska Range.”