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2023 in review: preliminary data

Update January 2023: Our annual report is available here. As 2023 draws to a close, we are compiling our annual review of weather and climate in Alaska. Our reviews are based on weather station data, which show the conditions at the specific location of each station, as well as spatially aggregated data products that provide […]

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Nenana Ice Classic

Another data point has been added to one of Alaska’s longest and most unique climatological time series: The tripod on the Tanana river at Nenana fell over on May 8, triggering a clock that records the time of break-up. The tradition of betting on the timing of the river break-up was started in 1917 and

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February Snow Update

There are not many weather stations in Alaska that have continuous, long term snow measurements.  Fairbanks, Anchorage, Bettles, and Juneau have the longest and most consistent records of snow fall and snow depth and are great for comparing current snow levels to the climatological normal. February was quite snowy at all four stations: Bettles received

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2022 fire season winding down

Cool and wet weather patterns in August brought the unusual 2022 fire season to an end in much of the state. Acreage burned and the number of total fires increased only moderately over the last weeks. However, dry conditions persist in parts of the Interior and late season lightning caused several new fires in August,

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End-of-June Wildfires

Alaska wildfires are spreading at a rapid pace. There have been 365 fires confirmed by the end of June 2022 (ref.: Alaska Interagency Coordination Center Wildland Fire Dashboard). Almost 1.8 Mio acres have burned, which exceeds the end-of-June acreage of any record fire year (i.e. 2004, 2005) to date since observational data exist. Abnormally dry

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Snow: End of Season Summary

With temperatures warming and green up in Fairbanks just around the corner, it’s safe to say that the snow season has come to a close.  At some locations, the 2021-2022 snow season was one for the history books due to notable snow- (and rain) storms and record breaking snowpack accumulations.  Below are charts of accumulated

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