Hollings Scholar - Impacts of Extreme Weather Events in Alaska

Hollings Scholar Lauren Zuromski

Using a database of storm and other extreme events, the Hollings Scholar compiled a catalog of impacts and determined links between extreme events and impacts.

Impact categories

  • Infrastructure damage e.g. buildings flooded, roads washed out
  • Societal impacts, e.g., fatalities, evacuations (required and precautionary), transportation disruptions and delays, public facility delays and closures (e.g. school)
  • Environmental impacts, e.g. erosion, vegetation damage, animal impacts

Sources of information (available via web or UAF library) 

  • Post event governmental reports (federal, state, local and native/tribal agencies)
  • Complementary media accounts, e.g. newspapers

Analyses

  • Regionality of event impacts, e.g. I'd expect freezing rain is more impactful in northern Alaska than Southeast: flooding has greater impact for communities not on the road system.
  • Areal scale of events vs. impacts
Final products: 

This table includes information and documents compiled during Lauren's 9 week internship.  

Lauren's overall project presentation PDF

1974 Bering Sea Storm

Overview

Synopsis

List of files - please use for further details about reanalysis plots and news articles

Historical Synopsis

Reanalysis Images

Reanalysis plots

News Articles

Anchorage Daily News

Anchorage Daily Times

Fairbanks Daily News-Miner

Nome Nugget

Southeast Alaska Empire

Tundra Times

1984 Southeast Coastal Storm

Overview

Synopsis

List of files - please use for further details about reanalysis plots and news articles

Reanalisys Images

Reanalysis plots

News Articles

Anchorage Daily News

Fairbanks Daily News-Miner

Juneau Empire

1989 Interior Alaska Cold Snap

Overview

Synopsis

List of files - please use for further details about reanalysis plots and news articles

Monthly Weather Review article

DOT temperature measurements Jan 13-31,1989

Reanalysis images

Reanalysis plots

News Arcticles

Anchorage Daily News

Anchorage Daily Times (folder 1, 2, 3, and 4)

Daily Sitka Sentinel

Fairbanks Daily News-Miner (folder 1 and 2)

Homer News

Juneau Empire

Ketichikan Daily News (folder 1 and 2)

Nome Nugget

Tundra Drums

1996 Miller's Reach Fire

Overview

Synopsis

List of files - please use for further details about reanalysis plots and news articles

Natural Event Action Plan

Reanalysis Images

Reanalysis plots

News Articles

Anchorage Daily News (folders 1, 2, and 3)

Fairbanks Daily News-Miner

Frontiersman

Juneau Empire

2005 Kaktovik/Arctic Storm

Overview

Synopsis

List of files - please use for further details about reanalysis plots and news articles

Reanalysis Images

Reanalysis plots

News Articles

 

2011-2012 Gulf Coast Snow

Overview

Synopsis

List of files - please use for further details about reanalysis plots and news articles

Reanalysis Images

Reanalysis plots (folder 1, 2, 3, and 4)

Weather Wise Articles

Nov/Dec 2011, Jan/Feb 2012

Photos

Images - please use list of files for further details and credit information

Additional Files

Thompson Pass data 

Area weather data