Two storms of exceptional strength ripped through KNOM country at the end of 2016. They’re the latest reason why KNOM’s weather forecasts are so important — and why our mission is partnering in a new way with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
NOAA has tailored a plan for Alaska’s Arctic because of the value of the region’s lucrative commercial fisheries, its marine and avian diversity, and its subsistence culture — all of which stand to be impacted by rising temperatures in the Bering Sea.
The new plan includes nine critical actions necessary to protect the community from erosion and violent storms.
The NOAA’s Observatory in Barrow reported a snowmelt staring on May 13, 10 days earlier than the previous record set in 2002.
The satellite used to record sea ice data in the Arctic malfunctioned in April, and scientists are scrambling to calibrate a month of missing data.
A low pressure system is funneling warm air towards the Arctic, creating pools of meltwater at the North Pole.
A Russian icebreaker just completed the fastest transit of the Northern Sea Route, and did so one month after the shipping season usually closes.
A bearded seal came ashore on Nome’s west side of town, and its patchy coat may suggest a type of seal sickness.
In what’s becoming an increasingly common sight, tens of thousands of walrus have hauled out on the coast of the Chukchi Sea near the Native Village of Point Lay.
Renewable energy and port development were the focus of the final session of the U.S. Arctic Research Commission’s two day meeting in downtown Nome.