Talk of Alaska: Preparing for Extreme Weather

A large truck drives through a heavy snowfall.
Crews begin clearing the heavy snowfall during the early morning hours of Dec. 12, 2022 as more snow falls during the second of three large storms to hit the Anchorage area that month. (Valerie Kern, Alaska Public Media)

Alaska is often referred to as a land of extremes, but recent record breaking weather events across the state have challenged communities and drained local emergency response funds. How will more intense storms affect Alaska in the next decade and how can state and local governments use data to plan and budget for keeping people safe? We discuss adapting for an extreme weather future on this Talk of Alaska.

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HOST: Lori Townsend


Brian Brettschneider – Climatologist,  National Weather Service, Alaska Region

Rick Thoman – Climate Specialist, Alaska Center for Climate Assessment and Policy


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LIVE Broadcast: Tuesday, Dec. 6, at 10 a.m. on Alaska public radio stations statewide.

Lori Townsend is the news director and senior host for Alaska Public Media. You can send her news tips and program ideas for Talk of Alaska and Alaska Insight at or call 907-550-8452.

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