Upcoming ACCAP Webinars: Fairbanks Snowstorm that Wasn’t, January Alaska Climate Outlook, & Climate Extremes of Southeast Alaska

8 January 2021

Upcoming ACCAP Webinars
Alaska Center for Climate Assessment and Policy

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The Alaska Center for Climate Assessment and Policy (ACCAP) announces three upcoming webinars. All webinars will be available online.

Upcoming ACCAP webinars include:

VAWS: The November 8, 2020 Fairbanks Snowstorm That Wasn’t
13 January 2021
11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. AKST

On November 5-6th, 2020, Fairbanks received 14.7 inches of snowfall in 24 hours, a new 24 hour November record. Another storm right on its heels was poised to dump an additional 5-10” of snow on Fairbanks on November 8th and 9th. Instead, Fairbanks warmed above freezing, it rained, and only 1-3” of snow fell around town in the overnight hours. Join presenters as they explore what went wrong, forecast uncertainty, and model failure modes.

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January 2021 National Weather Service Alaska Climate Outlook Briefing
22 January 2021
12:00–1:00 p.m. AKST

The tools and techniques for making monthly and season scale climate forecasts are rapidly changing, with the potential to provide useful forecasts at the month and longer range. Rick will review recent climate conditions around Alaska, review some forecast tools, and finish up the Climate Prediction Center’s forecast for March and the early spring season. Join the gathering online to learn more about Alaska climate and weather.

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Are We Living in the Future? The Climate Extremes of Recent and Future Southeast Alaska Droughts and Floods
26 January 2021
10:00–11:00 a.m. AKST

In the last couple years, Southeast Alaska has experienced historically unprecedented drought and now historically extreme rainfall. These events have challenged management of regional infrastructure, affected local and regional ecosystems, and more importantly, real consequences for people living and working in the region. Are they just natural variability, chance one-time weirdness, or harbingers of what is to come? Putting these recent events in context of our historical experience helps us understand droughts and deluges now and make sense of just how uncommon they really are in the past. Using the best climate science available, we can also ask how likely these kinds of events may be in the future given what we know about climate change and its impacts on extremes. And we can try to make sense of the risks involved and what the science suggests we can do about adapting to the future before it gets here. Join Rick Thoman, Rick Lader, and Jeremy Littell for a webinar about the past, present, and future of precipitation extremes in southeast Alaska.

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