Areal Flood Watch
Statement as of 11:30 AM AKST on November 26, 2010
... Flood Watch in effect through Saturday afternoon along the
lower Kuskokwim River from Kalskag to Bethel...
The National Weather Service in Anchorage has issued a
* Flood Watch for the lower Kuskokwim River from Kalskag to Bethel
* through Saturday afternoon
* significant rainfall occurred in the Kuskokwim basin over the
last several days with total amounts ranging from 1.5 to 2.5
inches over a four day period. This event was accompanied by
warm temperatures that have melted much of the low lying
snow pack. Ice has moved at various locations along the Kuskokwim
River with reports of ice moving steadily Thursday at Aniak
before stopping Friday morning and open water at Stony River. A
resident of Sleetmute reported that ice had moved in various
locations from Stony River to Kalskag. Ice has lifted at Bethel.
Ice thickness has been reported to be from 6 to 10 inches. This
will mitigate the chance of a prolonged ice jam. Temperatures
are expected to fall below freezing through the weekend which
will greatly reduce inflows to the river. However... if an ice
jam were to occur on the lower river... low-lying communities
are at risk of flooding. This is a very unusual event.
* Travel on the Kuskokwim River in places where breakup has
occurred will be very dangerous until a significant ice cover
has reformed. If a significant ice jam forms below a Village that
is flood-prone... flooding is possible.
A Flood Watch means there is a potential for flooding.
You are encouraged to closely monitor this weather situation.
Preparation for this potentially dangerous weather event should
35 5 akst Fri Nov 26 2010
... A new record for precipitation and snowfall...
A new record of 0.64 of precipitation was set yesterday. The old
record of 0.57 was set back in 1936. There was also a new record of
6.7 inches of snowfall set yesterday. The old record of 5.9 inches
was set in 1965.