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.
Along with 6-12 inches of new snow, severe winds, and whiteout conditions, a blizzard coming to Western Alaska may “mobilize” chunks of Bering Sea ice and lead to coastal flooding.
Last year’s winter was warmer than usual in western Alaska. This year, above normal snowfall may be headed our way.
The low-pressure storm system southwest of Saint Lawrence Island is not unusual for this time of year, but it is hitting Nome the hardest.
The U.S. Arctic Research Commission covered a range of topics — from fire forecasts to walrus tagging to the nutritional value of reindeer meat.
The storm is causing sea levels to rise, and affected areas should expect some beach erosion.
As of Friday, backup phone lines and power systems were in use, but internet connections and other instruments at the Weather Service and FAA were not fully operational.
To open more science positions in Anchorage and Fairbanks, the National Weather Service plans to cut the evening shift and reduce staff in the Nome, Barrow, and Kodiak offices.
The National Weather Service says an ash cloud, the result of an eruption from the Shiveluch volcano on the Kamchatka Peninsula, moved over the Norton Sound Thursday night.
The tail end of summer is going out with a bang—and quite a bit later than usual this year, with a September thunderstorm in Nome.