Virtual Alaska Weather Symposia

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    March 17, 2021 @ 11:00 am to 12:00 pm AKDT
    Speaker: Eric Stevens, Fire Weather Program Manager, Alaska Interagency Coordination Center

    Eric Stevens
    Alaska’s forests burn every year, and wildfires have consumed an increasing number of acres in recent decades. But Alaska is not the only area experiencing this trend. Wildfires have become similarly concerning in California, with over four million acres burned during the record-setting 2020 season alone. This presentation will compare the 2019 and 2020 wildfire seasons in Alaska and California from the perspective of a fire weather meteorologist supporting the fire crews and land management agencies.

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    January 13, 2021 @ 11:00 am to 12:00 pm AKST
    Jonathan Chriest
    Speaker: Jonathan Chriest
    NOAA/National Weather Service Fairbanks, Alaska

    On November 5-6th, 2020, Fairbanks received 14.7” of snowfall in 24 hours, a new 24 hour November record. Another storm right on its heels was poised to dump an additional 5-10” of snow on Fairbanks on November 8th and 9th. Instead, Fairbanks warmed above freezing, it rained, and only 1-3” of snow fell around town in the overnight hours. Join us as we will explore what went wrong, forecast uncertainty, and model failure modes.

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    December 16, 2020 @ 11:00 am to 12:00 pm AKST
    Speaker: David Kramer
    Emergency Response Specialist
    Emergency Services Branch
    Alaska Environmental Science and Services Integration Center
    National Weather Service

    David Kramer
    Weather plays a significant role for people’s lives, livelihoods, and property in Alaska. The ROC stands at the crossroads of weather and communication for the National Weather Service’s Alaska Region and we must remain vigilant of the ever changing weather. We will discuss the National Weather Service’s structure in Alaska and the ROC’s role in supporting National Weather Service operations and partners at all levels.

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  4. November 24, 2020 @ 11:00 am to 12:00 pm AKST
    Speaker: Mary-Beth Schreck
    Sea Ice Program Leader
    NWS Alaska Sea Ice Program

    The Alaska Sea Ice Program (ASIP) is a unique program within the National Weather Service. The program has seen many changes over the years, including evolving from hand drawn sea ice analyses using a light box to GIS-based digital analyses. We will take a look at where we started, where we are now and what we do, and where we hope to be in the future. We will also look at some times when sea ice in Alaska waters has caused problems for both Alaska residents and others operating within Alaskan waters.

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    October 14, 2020 @ 11:00 am to 12:00 pm AKDT

    Speaker: Zack Labe, Colorado State University
    Zack LabeZack Labe

    Unlike the passive microwave satellite record of Arctic sea ice extent, long-term observations of sea ice thickness remain quite limited. In this webinar, I’ll discuss the different methods (satellite instruments and model simulations) of observing sea ice thickness in order to understand changes in the recent Arctic amplification era. I’ll also highlight the large-scale environmental and societal consequences of a thinning Arctic sea ice cover.

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Virtual Alaska Weather Symposia

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This partnership between the Geographic Information Network of Alaska (GINA) and the NOAA National Weather Service (NWS) brings cutting edge satellite based presentations to a broad audience and complements GINA’s and NWS’s deep pool of speakers and topics.

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