The blizzard currently battering western Alaska is but the first of two storm systems to affect the region this weekend, the National Weather Service says. The second is projected to arrive New Year’s Eve.
In Nome, the ocean is starting to freeze over, which means the KNOM volunteers are beginning to think about what they’ll be able to do, in the coming months, on the soon-to-be-solid Bering Sea.
The Port Commission is focused on ongoing engineering projects this summer, including Snake River dredging and the development of the Thornbush Subdivision.
As springtime arrives in the sub-Arctic, the melting of our region’s ice cover is one of the clearest signs of the new season. It’s no surprise that ice — especially the lack of it — been a frequent subject of KNOM News’ recent stories.
Most shorefast ice is already starting to break away. “I think it’s probably three or four weeks early,” said Robert Keith of the Elim IRA Office.
Dennis Davis said sea ice conditions have become less reliable for his fellow seal and walrus hunters. He said the footage he collects with the drone “is like insurance.”
Commercial fishermen are on par with last year’s record-breaking catch, but they stand to make less money because of a new, reduced quota.
From a stranded seal to a dangerous hole in Yukon River ice, recent stories from KNOM’s news department offer a special glimpse into what makes Western Alaska so unique — and, at times, so challenging.
Search and Rescue personnel are marking the hole, which is located near the OP Lighthouse and the spit. The hole is on the left side of the Yukon for those traveling upriver.
Abandoned rail cars, still-active freight trains, and a slow sunset over the frozen river: frigid Nenana was a beautiful setting for its many canine and human visitors this week.