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In the crosshairs of an atmospheric river

Because of where Southeast Alaska sits — at the wetted lips of the planet’s widest expanse of blue — it is often soaked by atmospheric rivers, firehoses of moisture flowing up from the tropics. And even though the forests and muskegs of Southeast Alaska have evolved to drink up and shed stunning amounts of rain, sometimes it is too much.

The sun still shines in Cordova

After stormy, wet weather and high winds over the last few weeks, Cordova finally caught a break last weekend. This photo was taken at 5:30 p.m. on Feb. 20 overlooking Orca Inlet. Since then, we have gained nearly one hour of daylight with the sun setting around 6:30 p.m. By the end of March, we can anticipate views like this around 8:30 p.m. from Cordova’s South Harbor, a popular spot to enjoy nature’s dramatic evening displays.

Copper River Highway avalanche hazard expected to remain elevated this week

We received 3 inches of water Friday and Saturday, with the freezing line above our local peaks. Expect another 3 inches of water tonight into Tuesday. The avalanche hazard will probably remain elevated through Tuesday.

Prepare ahead to travel in national forests

U.S. Forest Service officials are reminding those pursuing recreational activities in Alaska’s national forests to be prepared when venturing out for snowshoeing, skiing, stargazing and aurora chasing.

Alaska National Guard will help dig out Yakutat area

Some 20 Alaska National Guard members and multiple vehicles have been deployed to the city and borough of Yakutat via military airlift to provide emergency snow removal and building safety assessment for the community, due to tremendous amounts of snow and rain over the last week.

Winter motorized sports now open across the Chugach

It’s fall on the calendar, but it certainly feels like winter on the Cordova Ranger District. Early season snowfall means a winter wonderland brimming with recreation activities: skating, snowshoeing, snowmachining, snowboarding and skiing.

Avalanche hazard remains at moderate with new overnight snowfall

Natural avalanche activity may occur during the heat of the storm, though activity is unlikely to affect the highway. Precipitation looks to slow down Friday morning and taper through the day. Backcountry users should use extra caution through Friday while the snow pack adjusts.

Avalanche hazard remains moderate, but should decrease through Thursday

Copper River Highway avalanche hazard remains at moderate, but could decrease as the week continues, Alaska Avalanche Information Center reports. A large storm brought heavy precipitation Sunday evening through Monday.

Stay home, Cordova officials urge during winter storm warning

The city of Cordova is asking residents to please stay home and avoid non-essential travel on the roads as a National Weather Service winter storm warning remains in effect through 11 p.m. Monday, Dec. 6.

‘This is it’: Cordova fishermen tell harrowing tales of trip home...

Bill Markowitz has been commercial fishing for over 30 years.But he figured his time was up May 23 when a giant wave caught his 27-foot gillnet...
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