News Releases

October 25, 2012
 By Ned Rozell As Alaska’s billion lakes become colder and harder, some of them will sport mysterious, spidery cracks extending from small holes in the ice. This phenomenon inspired a geophysicist to figure out what he calls “lake stars.” “I thought something so pretty and relatively commonly observed should be understandable, so I pursued it,” said Victor Tsai, who wrote perhaps...
October 5, 2012
 Temperatures in August 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...
September 19, 2012
Do you still smell smoke in the air in the Fairbanks area? According to the Alaska Interagency Coordination Center, the Dry Creek Fire was last observed September 18 and was reported as "five percent active smoldering and burning in grass and hardwoods. The movement to the North was stopped by McDonald creek." The Dry Creek Fire is now the largest in Alaska at 47,154 acres.To see the wildfire...
September 10, 2012
 Temperatures in August were colder than normal for six of the nine stations discussed in this summary. Barrow had the highest positive deviation, a substantial 6.3 degrees Fahrenheit above the mean, falling in line with the warming observed in northern Alaska in the past decades. Big Delta (1 degree) and Fairbanks (0.2 degrees) rounded out the stations with positive deviations. The greatest...
August 23, 2012
 The Alaska Interagency Coordination Center is tracking six fires in Alaska. The Dry Creek Fire south of Fairbanks is currently the largest at more than 28,000 acres. According to the center's August 23 morning report, the west flank of the fire is the most active, with "smoldering and isolated torching." Use UAFSMOKE to check out fire locations, sizes and forecasts for concentrations...
August 6, 2012
 Cathy Cahill, an associate professor of atmospheric chemistry, is the new leader of the Atmospheric Sciences group at the Geophysical Institute. Her research focuses on atmospheric aerosols and their impacts on visibility, global climate and human health. Cahill's been with the University of Alaska Fairbanks since 1998. Cahill is assuming the leadership role for the group as the position...
July 24, 2012
 Geophysical Institute Director Bob McCoy announced the appointment of Richard Collins as a new GI Associate Director. Collins will assist the director with the development of new opportunities for GI, including the burgeoning unmanned aircraft program. This appointment will be quarter time, effective July 2012.  Collins is an associate professor in the GI's Atmospheric Sciences...
July 24, 2012
 At the tail end of the University of Alaska Fairbanks section of the 2012 Golden Days Parade, the Geophysical Institute wowed Fairbanksans with its rocket-toting float and energetic mascot, “Rocket Woman.” Seven GI personnel and their families braved the dreary conditions to pass out UAF loot along the parade route and jam to rocket and science-themed tunes as they accompanied the float as...
July 11, 2012
 TemperatureA mix of high and low temperatures and precipitation across Alaska marked June 2012. Thirteen of the twenty first order stations had below normal temperatures, and an average temperature deviation of all twenty stations from the long-term mean could be calculated as minus 0.9 degrees Fahrenheit. Having an overall below normal temperature in both May and June terminates the...
July 9, 2012
 June temperatures were mixed for the nine stations discussed here. Like May, Barrow had the highest positive deviation (1.7 degrees Fahrenheit) above the long-term mean, most likely an effect of the substantial warming observed for northern Alaska over the past decades. The second largest positive deviation was Fairbanks with 1.2 degrees Fahrenheit. The greatest negative deviation was...