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Tuesday, February 14, 2017 at 10:00 AM AKST
Carl Markon, Non-Federal lead, Alaska Chapter NCA4
The purpose of the presentation is to provide a brief background on the NCA, present some current topical areas will include, and seek public feedback.

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A map showing winter storm warnings and coastal flood warnings for most of Alaska, extending across the state into the Interior.

Winter storm warnings and coastal flood warnings were issued by the National Weather Service for much of Western Alaska through the evening of December 29, 2016. Image source: NWS.

December 2016

A fast-moving storm brought high winds and blizzard conditions to much of western Alaska on December 29. Maximum wind gusts reached 65 mph in Kotzebue and 53 mph in Nome, both of which caused brief power outages in those communities. Peak wind speeds in other communities included 74 mph in Wales, 60 mph in Noorvik and Savoonga, 56 mph in Bethel, and 54 mph in Deering. Unlike some western Alaska storms that can go on for days, the blizzard conditions generally lasted less than 12 hours at any given place.