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Cory Goodman via NWS Fairbanks / NWS Fairbanks

KUAC's Dan Bross talks with Alaska Center for Climate Assessment and Policy climate specialist Rick Thoman about funnel clouds.


Dan Bross / KUAC

KUAC's Dan Bross talks with Alaska Center For Climate Assessment and Policy climate specialist Rick Thoman about technology that inspired and enabled development of weather forecasting.

Tonight's upcoming winter snow storm for the Interior may slow down some river break-ups this month. But the Kuskokwim and Tanana Rivers have seen record early breakups this year, and it’s likely the Yukon will follow suit.


Beyond The Weather

Dec 21, 2018
Alaska Center for Climate Assessment and Policy

KUAC's Dan Bross talks with Alaska Center for Climate Assessment and Policy climate specialist Rick Thoman about weather extemes of Christmas past.

NOAA

Scientists who study Arctic climate say their research will suffer if the Trump administration goes ahead with big budget cuts reportedly under consideration for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. And they say the proposed cuts also would hinder meteorologists’ ability to forecast weather in Alaska and worldwide.


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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. 

Heavy rains in the Fairbanks area are causing flooding along rivers. National Weather Service hydrologist Ed Plumb reports high water on the Chena River, along Chena Hot Springs road east of town.

"One to two feet of water is flowing over at mile 36.9, and it is impassable for some vehicles. Also, reports of water over most of the banks out in the Chena Rec area and other places upstream of the Moose Creek Dam," he said. 

The Fairbanks area has seen some impressive rainfall over the last few days. National Weather Service meteorologist John Lingass reports two to three inches around Fairbanks, and three to four inches over the hills northeast of town.

"To put the rainfall in perspective, our annual precipitation in Fairbanks is around 10 to 11 inches," Lingas said. "Before the rains started a couple days ago, we had about half of our amount of precipitation for this time of year, and since that time we've well exceeded that and now we're above normal for this time of year."

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