National Weather Service Alaska Climate Outlook Briefings

Project Overview

Dates: Ongoing, July 2014—Present


Primary Scientists: 

Rick Thoman, Climate Science and Services Manager, Environmental and Scientific Services Division, National Weather Service Alaska Region



Background Documents: 

Presentation PDFs

February 24, 2017 Briwefing pdf

January 20, 2017 Briefing pdf

December 16, 2016 Briefing pdf

November 18, 2016 Briefing pdf

October 21, 2016 Briefing pdf

September 23, 2016 Briefing pdf

August 19, 2016 Briefing pdf

July 22, 2016 Briefing pdf

June 24, 2016 Briefing pdf

May 20, 2016 Briefing pdf

April 29, 2016 Briefing pdf

March 17, 2016 Briefing pdf

February 19, 2016 Briefing pdf

January 22, 2016 Briefing pdf

December 22, 2015 Briefing pdf

November 24, 2015 Briefing pdf

October 16, 2015 Briefing pdf

Septebmer 18, 2015 Briefing pdf

August 21, 2015 Briefing pdf 

July 17, 2015 Briefing pdf

June 19, 2015 Briefing pdf

May 22, 2015 Briefing pdf

April 17, 2015 Briefing pdf

March 2015 Briefing pdf

February 2015 Briefing pdf

January 2015 Briefing pdf

December 2014 Briefing pdf

November 2014 Briefing pdf 

October 2014 Briefing pdf


Precipitation and temperature maps

February 2017 Precipitation Anomolies Map

February 2017 Temperature Anomolies Map

January 2017 Temperature Anomolies Map

January 2017 Precipitation Anomolies Map

December 2016 Temperature Anomolies Map

December 2016 Precipitation Anomolies Map

November 2016 Temperature Anomolies Map

November 2016 Precipitation Anomolies Map

October 2016 Precipitation Anomalies Map

October 2016 Temperature Anomalies Map

September 2016 Precipitation Anomalies Map

September 2016 Temperature Anomalies Map

August 2016 Precipitation Anomalies Map

August 2016 Temperature Anomalies Map

July 2016 Precipitation Anomalies Map

July 2016 Temperature Anomalies Map

June 2016 Temperature Anomalies Map

June 2016 Precipitation Anomalies Map

May 2016 Temperature Anomalies Map

May 2016 Precipitation Anomalies Map

April 2016 Temperature Anomalies Map

April 2016 Precipitation Anomalies Map

March 2016 Temperature Anomalies Map

March 2016 Precipitation Anomalies Map

February 2016 Temperature Anomalies Map

February 2016 Precipitation Anomalies Map

January 2016 Temperature Anomalies Map

January 2016 Precipitation Anomalies Map

December 2015 Temperature Anomalies Map

December 2015 Precipitation Anomalies Map

November 2015 Temperature Anomalies Map

November 2015 Precipitation Anomalies Map

October 2015 Temperature Anomalies Map

October 2015 Precipitation Anomalies Map

September 2015 Temperature Anomalies Map

September 2015 Precipitation Anomalies Map

August 2015 Temperature Anomalies Map

August 2015 Precipitation Anomalies Map

July 2015 Temperature Anomalies Map

July 2015 Precipitation Anomalies Map

June 2015 Temperature Anomalies Map

June 2015 Percipitation Anomalies Map

May 2015 Temperature Anomalies Map

May 2015 Precipitation Anomalies Map

April 2015 Temperature Anomalies Map

April 2015 Precipitation Anomalies Map

March 2015 Temperature Anomalies Map

March 2015 Precipitation Anomalies Map

February 2015 Temperature Anomalies Map

February 2015 Precipitation Anomalies Map

January 2015 Temperature Anomalies Map

January 2015 Precipitation Anomalies Map

December 2014 Temperature Anomalies Map

December 2014 Precipitation Anomalies Map

November 2014 Average Precipitation Map

November 2014 Average Temperature Map

October 2014 Average Precipitation Map

October 2014 Average Temperature Map

September 2014 Average Temperature Map

September 2014 Average Precipitation Map


Average temperatures in Barrow, Alaska

2016 is the warmest October of record at Barrow, and for the first time the Oct mean temp warmer than 30F. Note the collapse of variance since 2001. This is what abrupt climate change looks like in real time.

Rick Thoman
National Weather Service
Alaska Fire Science Consortium

Information about and registration for the upcoming Briefings found HERE

Do you lie awake at night wondering what the upcoming season will be like? Want to place bets with friends and family on next month's weather? If so, good news:

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 Thoman (Climate Science and Services Manager, Environmental and Scientific Services Division, National Weather Service Alaska Region) will review recent climate conditions around Alaska, review forecast tools and finish up with the Climate Prediction Center's outlook for the upcoming season. 

Rick will also present a "Feature-of-the-Month" special addition in which each month he will highlight a topic relevant to the particular month.  

Access details provided via the ACCAP Listserv or upcoming briefing registration available here.

Feel free to bring your lunch and join the gathering in-person or join online (by subscribing to the ACCAP listserv) to learn more about Alaska climate and weather.

This will be a monthly series generally taking place the third Friday of each month.