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Weather Service: 2014 was Alaska's warmest year on record

...announcement last week on its Facebook page.Alaska was 0.2 degrees warmer last year than 1926, said climatologist Rick Thoman, climate science and services manager in the Fairbanks office of the National Weather Service. That's not much...
Alaska communities reach record-high temperatures

...Weather Service Alaska said.Some Alaska communities hit climate records that were held for 70 years or more, said Rick Thoman, climate sciences and services manager for the Weather Service in Alaska."It's quite unusual, and it's also...
Fairbanks increasing use of brine for slick roads

...longtime residents could understandably believe they almost never used to happen. National Weather Service meteorologist Rick Thoman calculated winter rain episodes of at least a tenth of an inch for roughly the past century and found only four examples...
Alaska Science Forum: Snow-starved Alaska not the normal state

...this month, including the usually snowy places on the south slope of the Alaska Range or northern Southeast," said Rick Thoman, a go-to weather history guy with the National Weather Service in Fairbanks. "The North Slope is the only area with...
Airlift sent for marooned Denali guests, employees

...91 inches overnight."That's a lot of rain in that part of the world," National Weather Service meteorologist Rick Thoman told the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner. "That's really extreme."
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Fairbanks could have snow-free Halloween

...the ground for Halloween, the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reported Tuesday.National Weather Service meteorologist Rick Thoman said that has only happened once, in 1938."It's always tough to get past Halloween without snow," Thoman said...
Alaska's top temp is 100 degrees, set back in 1915

...was 96 degrees on June 15, 1969."There's no reason to doubt that," said National Weather Service meteorologist Rick Thoman. "It was in the mid 90s at other Interior Alaska weather stations that day and there were thundershowers around...
UAF professor disputes Ice Classic record

...interesting observation, but the bottom line is for weather and climate purposes we go by the calendar," meteorologist Rick Thoman said. "When interpreted from the climate and weather lens, it's the latest breakup on record."Thoman said that...
Heavy rain creates water problem in Alaska village

...said Tuesday.As much as nine inches of rain fell on northwest Alaska over the last eight days, said meteorologist Rick Thoman of the National Weather Service in Fairbanks.The rain added short-term problems to a community facing an uncertain...
Recipe for a cold snap

...stuck in Alaska as a huge high-pressure ridge from Siberia expanded across the state, according to John Lingaas and Rick Thoman, meteorologists with the National Weather Service in Fairbanks.Frigid air within the high-pressure system sat over...


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