smoke billows from a burning oil slick contained with sea ice ice by a boom
January 29, 2020

A new crop of studies funded by NOAA's Climate Program Office explores a range of questions about sea ice forecasting, including one of the most basic: how far ahead is it even possible to predict it? 

Aerial photos of river meandering through Brooks Range in Alaska
October 15, 2019

Alaska's natural monuments are of such gargantuan scale that the environment can seem immutable. But a new report from NOAA's Alaska RISA team documents profound changes the state has experienced in just the past five years. 

Map of temperature patterns across Alaska with red for yellow, orange, and red for warm temperatures
July 16, 2019

Extreme heat in Alaska in early July 2019 contributed to fire activity and terrible air quality. 

Map of AK showing drought status as of October 9, 2018
October 15, 2018

Drought, warmth, and a towering ridge of high pressure make an unusual start to fall in Alaska.

Sea ice off Alaska
April 16, 2018

A lack of persistent sea ice in waters around the Bering Strait this winter disrupted travel, damaged roads and other infrastructure, and prevented traditional hunting and fishing in several coastal communities in western Alaska. 

June 15, 2017

Thanks to warming winters and thawing permafrost, Arctic soil microbes are churning out carbon dioxide well after the end of the growing season ends. This extra source of atmospheric carbon may accelerate a regional warming trend that is already twice as fast as the global average. 

March 13, 2017

This year's Iditarod sled dog race is underway, but it was forced to start hundreds of miles farther north than usual due to poor snow conditions.

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