News Releases

September 10, 2013
 August in Fairbanks was warmer than normal, with a monthly mean temperature of 59.4 degrees Fahrenheit or 3.3 degrees above the long-term mean of 56.1 degrees for the month. The highest temperature was 85 degrees on the 1st and 7th. The high temperature on the 7th was a new daily record, breaking the 1968 record of 83 degrees. The coldest temperature for the month, 34 degrees Fahrenheit,...
August 22, 2013
 By Ned Rozell Despite taking up as much space as Australia, the blue-white puzzle of ice floating on the Arctic Ocean is an abstraction to the billions who have never seen it. But continued shrinkage of sea ice is changing life for many living things. A few Alaska scientists added their observations to a recent journal article on the subject. Since 1999, the loss of northern sea...
August 21, 2013
 Sea ice decline and warming trends are changing the vegetation in nearby arctic coastal areas, according to two University of Alaska Fairbanks scientists.Uma Bhatt, an associate professor with UAF’s Geophysical Institute, and Skip Walker, a professor at UAF’s Institute of Arctic Biology, contributed to a recent review of research on the response of plants, marine life and animals to...
August 9, 2013
 July in Fairbanks was warmer than normal. The monthly mean was 64.3 degrees Fahrenheit or 1.8 degrees above the long-term mean for the month. The monthly mean temperature was 2.5 degrees cooler than June. The highest temperature of the month, 88 degrees Fahrenheit, occurred July 28. The month’s coldest temperature, 47 degrees, was observed on the 5th and 6th. In terms of the average...
August 9, 2013
 By Ned Rozell In warm Alaska summers like this, in which Fairbanks has set a record for most 80-degree Fahrenheit days and Anchorage has exceeded 70 with similar frequency, rainfall has been a phenomenon many people have not missed. But even though we are a species that scurries when water falls from the sky, rain is more essential to our survival than pleasant, dry breezes. Rain...
July 29, 2013
 Halos and rainbows: public demonstration at UAFFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 26, 2013CONTACT: Diana Campbell, GI/UAF public relations, 907-474-5229, dlcampbell@alaska.eduFairbanks, Alaska—Ever wonder how light and color reflect in a rainbow or a sundog? The Geophysical Institute at the University of Alaska Fairbanks invites the public to a free demonstration of artificially made rainbows...
July 18, 2013
By Ned Rozell     On a cool spring morning in the mountains of southwest Washington, 12-year old Cathy Cahill helped her dad plant scientific instruments around the base of trembling Mount St. Helens. A few days later, the volcano blew up, smothering two of his four ash collectors. When he gathered the surviving equipment, Cathy’s father found a downwind sampler overflowing with ash...
July 12, 2013
June in Fairbanks was warmer than normal, with a monthly mean temperature of 66.8 degrees Fahrenheit or 6.4 degrees above the long-term mean for the month. Only four days had a negative deviation from the normal. The highest temperature occurred the 25th and 26th, a sweltering 92 degrees was observed on both days. A new daily maximum record was set on the 25th, which broke the 1983 record by one...
June 10, 2013
 Overall, May was colder than normal in Fairbanks, with below normal temperatures until the end of the month. From the 24th onward, temperatures ended up above the expected temperatures. The average temperature was 44.3 degrees Fahrenheit, a hefty minus 5.1 degrees below the long-term mean of 49.4 degrees Fahrenheit. The highest temperature for the month was recorded May 30. It was a warm 84...
May 21, 2013
 Winter loitered at the nine stations of this report, with all stations reporting below normal temperatures for April. The station with the greatest deviation was Delta Junction at minus 15.2 degrees Fahrenheit below normal. Fairbanks followed with minus 14.6 degrees, as well as Anchorage with minus 7.2 degrees. The mean deviation for all stations was a significant minus 6.3 degrees...