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2012 April Monthly Report


On the 9th of April, the first geese were observed at Creamers Field in Fairbanks, a sure sign of spring. Then on the 17th, the road into Denali Park was cleared to the Teklanika rest area, some 30 miles into the park and opened to the public. The winter snowfall mop-up continued when an avalanche was finally cleared from a road in the Cordova area on the 18th. The 20th marked the first day of no measureable snow on the ground at the Fairbanks airport. Then around the 20th of April some flooding was observed in the Salcha area, a nearly annual event. Ice jams on the Tanana River on the 28th, just downstream from Manley Hot Springs, raised the water substantially and roughly 20 cabins and houses were flooded. The water level reached its highest level since 1993.