Unprecedented Late Winter Flooding at Little Diomede

Unprecedented waves and ice crashing ashore on Little Diomede on February 20, 2018.

Little Diomede, Alaska February 20, 2018. Photo by Carla Ahkvaluk and used with permission.

February 2018

February 20 brought unprecedented late winter coastal flooding to Little Diomede, made possible by record low sea ice and a powerful storm that moved by to the west of the Bering Strait. The community helicopter landing pad was covered by boulder-sized ice chucks thrown up by the waves, and the power plant was briefly inundated. Such an event so late in the winter has not occurred in the memory of the community. 


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