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February 6, 2013
The mean temperature for Fairbanks in 2012 was 24.1 degrees Fahrenheit, 3.5 degrees below the long-term average of 27.6 degrees. This makes 2012 the coldest year of the new century and continues the cooling trend observed over the last decade. More information on the recent cooling trend in Alaska can be read in “The First Decade of the New Century: A Cooling Trend for Most of Alaska” that...
January 9, 2013
For December, temperatures were markedly colder than normal. All nine stations discussed in this summary reported below normal average temperatures. The greatest negative deviation was observed in Fairbanks at an astonishing minus 13.2 degrees Fahrenheit, followed by Delta Junction (minus 10 degrees), Juneau (minus 6.4 degrees), then King Salmon and Nome (minus 6.2 degrees). The mean deviation...
January 8, 2013
When the rest of the nation grapples with the results of a scorching hot 2012, scientists at the Alaska Climate Research Center found that Alaska got colder from 2000 to 2010. The cooling trend was identified after examining the 21st century's first decade of data on annual and seasonal values from Alaska's first order meteorlogical stations. A team led by Professor Emeritus and ACRC...
December 14, 2012
 Mark your calendars for Science for Alaska 2013! Our 21st year of the popular lecture series will experience some changes. Lectures will take place in Schaible Auditorium on the UAF campus and occur on Saturdays throughout January. We're hoping the smaller space and the coffee to follow each of the lectures will lead to a more intimate exchange between our line-up of lecturers and the...
December 12, 2012
 TemperatureThroughout much of November, colder than normal temperatures settled in across most of Alaska. The majority of the month was below normal with the exception of a six-day spread starting November 9 when temperatures were above normal. The two stations with the largest negative deviation were Gulkana and Delta Junction, both with minus12.7 degrees Fahrenheit, then came Fairbanks...
December 6, 2012
  For more than 20 years, the Geophysical Institute has hosted the Science For Alaska Lecture Series in locations across the state, sharing cutting-edge research in local communities. The 2013 lecture series will undergo important changes from previous years: all lectures will be hosted on campus at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and will span over four Saturdays in January. ...
December 5, 2012
What's in the air? Pollution research at UAF Presented by Cathy Cahill, Associate Professor of Atmospheric Chemistry When: Wed, December 5, 5:30pm – 6:30pm Where: Schaible Auditorium The office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarly Actitivity at the University of Alaska Fairbanks provides a showcase of UAF research and creative scholarship in weekly seminars throughout the...
November 8, 2012
 By Ned Rozell Last week, Carl Benson accepted a lifetime achievement award from the place he has worked since Dwight Eisenhower was president. As the 85-year-old snow and ice scientist and professor emeritus at the University of Alaska Fairbanks’s Geophysical Institute rose to applause from his friends and coworkers, memories rushed back to me. One was the frigid January day he...
November 7, 2012
 Temperatures in September were colder than normal for five of the nine stations discussed in this summary. The greatest negative deviation was observed in Nome (minus 3.1 degrees Fahrenheit), followed by King Salmon (minus 1.9 degrees), and Kodiak (minus 1.1 degrees). Big Delta had the highest positive deviation at 3.5 degrees Fahrenheit above the mean. Barrow (2.6 degrees), Ketchikan (0.8...
November 5, 2012
 On November 2, 2012, Professor Emeritus Carl Benson was the first recipient of the new Roger Smith Lifetime Achievement Award. Benson’s sustained commitment to the Geophysical Institute and research success are a model worth emulation. Benson’s award was presented by longtime friend and colleague Professor Emeritus Glenn Shaw at the Annual Banquet held at the Westmark Gold Room. Shaw’s...