Friday, August 27th: Citizen Cliff Groh goes to Juneau. Singer-songwriter Hurricane Dave weighs in on politics and the PFD. Juneau Audubon Society’s weekly birdwatch. 

Cliff Groh says he has one job – to save the state. He acknowledges, that at this point, based on his job performance, he ought to be fired. But no one’s paying him a dime to do this work. And besides, he says he’s not giving up on solving Alaska’s fiscal crisis. On this Friday’s…

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Friday, August 13th: Anniversary of 1993 “miracle” Bering Sea plane crash remembered. Cancer Connection’s “Beat the Odds” fundraiser reaches 30-year milestone. Salmon Beyond Borders enlists Chef Hank Shaw for its Southeast Feast. Juneau Audubon Society’s birds of the week.

It was Friday the Thirteenth, 28 years ago. Even so, Dave Anderson remembers it like it was yesterday – a plane crash west of Nome, in which he and six others were rescued from the icy waters of the Bering Sea. On Friday’s Juneau Afternoon, Anderson shares his story and reflects on a day that…

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Lava streams from one Aleutian volcano, while two other volcanoes spew ash into the air

A stream of lava flowed down the side of the Great Sitkin volcano in the Aleutian Islands Thursday morning and was visible from the nearby community of Adak, an official with the Alaska Volcano Observatory said.

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How could British Columbia commercial fishery closures affect Southeast Alaska?

While the closures are devastating for B.C., they shouldn’t move world markets.

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The Pacific Northwest heat dome just skirted Southeast. What will Alaska’s own extreme heat waves look like?

This summer has been one of the colder summers the region has had in the last few years. But when compared with summers over the last several decades, it’s still among the hottest.

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Rain should clear Siberian wildfire haze hanging over Alaska

Rain should clear out the remaining smoke from massive wildfires in Siberia that blanketed much of Southcentral Alaska in haze for the last several days.

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Rain falls on July 19, 2021. Smoke particles in helps water in the atmosphere form rain drops, which can sometimes cause heavier precipitation. (Lex Treinen/Alaska Public Media)

Wildfires have burned over 30,000 square miles in Siberia this year, about the size of the state of Maine. The burning taiga is sending a massive plume up into the atmosphere and then over to Alaska, where it first covered Northwest Alaska before moving down to Southcentral.

The remaining smoke in Southcentral expected to clear with precipitation, according to Carson Jones, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Anchorage.

“When it rains, the moisture actually needs particles to accumulate on so the rain will actually use the smoke particles as cloud condensation nuclei,” said Jones, “So nice little particles for the rain to form on which will effectively get rid of the smoke.”

Jones said just like in 2020, smoke gets conveyed across the Pacific along the jet stream. While some of the smoke has mixed into the lower atmosphere, the majority of it stays much higher and doesn’t affect air quality too severely. Instead, it adds an orange tinge to the sunlight as smoke particles reflect sunlight. 

Southcentral Alaska recorded several daily record high temperatures over the weekend, including in Palmer, where temperatures hit 83 degrees.

This story has been updated.

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A small percentage of Alaska’s COVID-19 cases have involved fully vaccinated people. Here’s what we know so far.

While half of the state’s population is vaccinated, they make up around 1% of COVID-19 hospitalizations; unvaccinated individuals make up 99% of hospitalizations.

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