National Weather Service

National Weather Service

Driving north on Marathon Road past the Kenai Municipal Airport, you might notice what looks like a giant teed-up golf ball way out to the west. That’s actually a weather station. Right now, it’s down for two weeks as it undergoes routine repairs.

The radar, a WSR-88D, is owned and operated by the Federal Aviation Administration, which uses it for air traffic control. David Kochevar, of the National Weather Service in Anchorage, said the radar is also used for forecasting.

Courtesy of the National Weather Service

It’s becoming harder these days to stay in denial about the turning of the seasons.

This past weekend was Kenai’s first real blustery storm of the fall, and another onslaught of rain and wind is expected to hit as soon as tomorrow. Those winds won’t be quite as strong as the winds that hit Sunday, said Adam Przepiora, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Anchorage.

Fire Weather Watch issued for Peninsula interior

Aug 16, 2019

The National Weather Service has issued a Fire Weather Watch for the interior of the Central Kenai Peninsula for parts of this weekend.
    Originally given for today (Friday), the watch, now for Saturday, is in response to expected hot, dry, and windy conditions. North winds with gusts 30 to 45 mph, relative humidity as low as 25 percent, and high temperatures in the 70s are expected.

Ice jam causes Anchor River flooding

Jan 3, 2019

Warmer temperatures and precipitation on the southern Kenai Peninsula have pushed the Anchor River above bankfull.

A small ice jam is causing minor flooding on the river near Anchor Point, though it may improve once temperatures drop and precipitation ceases.

Low lying areas such as the campground may be affected by conditions about a foot above bankfull.

Lows near the Anchor River are forecast to be in the teens overnight.

Late winter could be sign of el Nino

Oct 23, 2018

Alaska’s mild winter has made national headlines — again. Two National Weather Service prognosticators from Alaska were quoted in a Thursday Washington Post article about our current warmer-than-usual situation. 

One was Brian Brettschneider, who we hear regularly on Alaska News Nightly in the “Ask a Climatologist” segment. The other was Dave Snider. 

He explains the delay in wintery weather in Southcentral Alaska.