Each spring migratory birds from around the world congregate on Fairbanks and land at Creamers Field. However, after a winter of snowfall, the observatory is completely buried leaving no where for the birds to land. Fortunately for birds and bird watchers alike, crews from the Fairbanks International Airport Field Maintenance plow the land each spring.
After a unseasonably mild winter, the cold weather in Fairbanks has decided to stick around for a while longer. According to Karen Endres, a hydrologist with the national weather service, the record snow and cold temperatures for April means that ice thickness in many places is above average.
Monday is Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year and the official start of winter. The days will continue to get longer and longer and soon, snow will melt and spring will be here. In Fairbanks, Winter Solstice means we will see approximately 3 hours and 42 minutes of daylight.
A new firewood kiln in Fairbanks is helping to clean up the air and bring jobs to the interior. Aurora Energy Solutions, a sister company to Aurora Energy which runs the power plant downtown recently installed the kiln to dry firewood. The company will be providing dried firewood to the interior that meets standards for air quality to lower pollution.
The Trump administration on Wednesday effectively killed a contentious proposed mine in Alaska, a gold and copper prospect named Pebble Mine, near the headwaters of the world’s largest sockeye salmon fishery.
The federal government announced plans Wednesday to lift restrictions on logging and building roads in a pristine rainforest in Alaska that provides habitat for wolves, bears and salmon. Conservation groups vowed to fight the decision.
Kinross, which owns the Fort Knox gold mine north of Fairbanks, has finalized the reclamation process for the nearby True North mine. With final approval coming earlier this month the land is now back in the hands of the State.
On Tuesday Oct. 27 the Winter Fortymile hunt will open on the Steese and Taylor highways in Interior Alaska. Alaska Wildlife Troopers are warning of bad weather conditions and residents worry about how hunters will treat the land in the area.
Two new maps showing winter access points and legal off-highway vehicle (OHV) areas on federal public lands aim to help hunters be successful while preserving sensitive environmental areas near the Steese Highway during the upcoming State of Alaska Fortymile caribou hunt that begins Oct. 27.
It was announced Tuesday that the Alaska Department of Fish and Game and The Conservation Fund acquired 530 acres for the anticipated addition to the Creamer’s Field Migratory Waterfowl State Game Refuge in Fairbanks, Alaska.
Snow may soon be dusting hills around interior Alaska as temperatures drop throughout the week. According to the National Weather Service in Fairbanks, a cold wet weather has replaced the sun in Fairbanks and snow could be seen in some of the hills around town.
The National Weather Service uses weather balloons to help them paint a picture of weather in Alaska. The balloon are launched from automatic launchers, called autosondes, twice a day at 13 sites around the state.