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A very strange winter thaw

January thaw in Nome

The streets looked like springtime, and the air was so warm – by Alaskan standards, at least – it might have been mistaken for summer. But the date wasn’t in May or June; it was late January. On January 27th, Nome broke a high temperature record not just for the day, but for the winter…

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Three years ago, ten years ago

Ric shoveling

While Nome has experienced a relatively warm winter this year – with widespread melting and relatively little snow to speak of – winter in our region is, as you might expect, often the opposite. Here are two examples. In 2011, only three years ago, our snow cover – and our exposure to heavy winter storms…

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Update News: February 10th, 2014

In Monday’s news: Allen Moore wins the 2014 Yukon Quest; Iditarod Trail Committee begins laying out contingency plans for race’s restart if more snow doesn’t appear; Gov. Parnell warns Ketchikan their lawsuit against the state could jeopardize future funding opportunities; A group of democratic lawmakers push an amendment to protect the PFD as a state…

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The polar vortex

With regards to weather, 2014 got off to a very strange start all throughout the United States: in Alaska as well as in the Lower 48, albeit for opposite reasons. In many places in the contiguous 48 states, a “polar vortex” weather pattern was causing abnormally frigid temperatures in early January, while in Alaska, Nome…

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Hey, Lower 48, let’s trade!

"Ransom" note

Whether you’re in northern Alaska or anywhere in the Lower 48, it’s likely that unusual weather has been on your mind – or disrupting your day-to-day life – over the past few weeks. The region we serve, Western Alaska, has seen temperatures rise well above normal in the past week – into the 40s and…

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Update News: January 27th, 2014

In Monday’s news: Gov. Sean Parnell introduced his new education package with a small increase for school funding; Pres. Obama’s declaration of a natural disaster in Western Alaska last week means public assistance money will be made available through FEMA; Former manager of the Fort Yukon Native Village Corporation faces felony embezzlement charges next month;…

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Update News: January 8th, 2014

In Wednesday’s News: Rep. Neil Foster briefed constituents in Nome on upcoming legislative session, addressing budget cuts, deep-draft port, HB-77, and redistricting; U.S. District Court sentences former president of Native Village of Tatitlek on misapplication charges; Bernice Joseph, renown Native leader and educator, passed away Tuesday morning; Climate scientist Dr. Jennifer Francis explains how alterations…

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Update News: November 14, 2013

In Tuesday’s news: Communities in storm-struck areas prepared yesterday for another blast; Record-breaking rain-fall in WAK has experts worried about caribou migration; A Norwegian shipping company is looking at potential hub-ports close to Arctic Alaska. http://www.knom.org/wp-audio/2013/11/2013-11-14-knom-update-news.mp3

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NWS warns: second wave of storms, more flooding possible this week

On Front Street, Nome, flags in the wind

More coastal flooding may be coming to Western Alaska later this week. “A series of storms,” the National Weather Service (NWS) reports, “will sweep across Northern Alaska Tuesday night through Thursday.” After a blustery weekend of strong winds and flooding in some Norton Sound communities, NWS says “another round of stormy weather is likely across…

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