87th AMS Annual Meeting

Wednesday, 17 January 2007: 1:30 PM
30 years of the "Alaska Weather" show
205 (Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center)
Jim Peronto, NOAA/NWS, Anchorage, AK
This December will mark the 30th anniversary of the nation's only federally funded weather show called “Alaska Weather.” Because more than half of all Alaskans live in villages/towns or the “Bush,” weather is not simply a topic of idle conversation, but an essential part of everyday life. In fact, because of the high-activity of storms that affect Alaska each year, many people in the Bush find themselves at the mercy of the weather on a daily basis. Their safety depends on accurate and up-to-date forecasts.

That is where “Alaska Weather” comes in. This half hour show is broadcast live, statewide, every night at 5:30pm from the PBS studio, KAKM, in Anchorage. “Alaska Weather” is KAKM's longest running and most popular show. This is due in part to the large number of pilots and mariners living in the area who depend on specific aviation and marine weather forecasts. In some areas of Alaska, the show is the only source of weather information available.

My presentation will focus on the history of the show, how it is produced, and what's in store for its future.

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