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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FAIRBANKS AK
1032 AM AKST TUE DEC 9 2014

...STRONG WINDS ACROSS NORTHERN ALASKA...

STRONG NORTH TO NORTHEAST WINDS HAVE BEEN BUFFETING PORTIONS OF
NORTHERN ALASKA SINCE MONDAY. THE STRONGEST WINDS HAVE BEEN
OBSERVED IN CHANNELED AND EXPOSED AREAS ACROSS THE NORTHEAST
BROOKS RANGE AND THE CHUKCHI SEA COAST WHERE WINDS HAVE BEEN
GUSTING IN EXCESS OF 75 MPH. UNUSUALLY STRONG WINDS HAVE ALSO
BEEN OCCURRING IN THE NORTHERN YUKON FLATS.

THE STRONG WINDS ARE DUE TO THE COMBINATION OF HIGH PRESSURE
STRETCHED ACROSS THE ARCTIC OCEAN AND LOW PRESSURE OVER THE
ALASKA PENINSULA...WHICH IS RESULTING IN A VERY TIGHT PRESSURE
GRADIENT ACROSS THE STATE. IN ADDITION...VERY COLD AIR ON THE
NORTH SLOPE IS SPILLING SOUTHWARD THROUGH THE BROOKS RANGE PASSES
AND HELPING TO ACCELERATE THE WIND IN SOME LOCATIONS...SUCH AS
HOWARD PASS. LOW PRESSURE OVER THE ALASKA PENINSULA IS EXPECTED TO
SLOWLY WEAKEN AND THE STRONGEST WINDS WILL GRADUALLY DIMINISH
THROUGH TONIGHT.

PEAK WIND GUSTS REPORTED DURING THE PAST 24 HRS:

HOWARD PASS (NE BROOKS RANGE)...............89 MPH*
POINT HOPE..................................78 MPH
NOATAK RAWS (UPPER NOATAK VALLEY)...........68 MPH
GRAPHITE LAKE (62 MI NE FT YUKON)...........62 MPH
INDIAN MOUNTAIN.............................62 MPH
SISIAK (NE BROOKS RANGE)....................59 MPH
HELMUT MOUNTAIN (45 MI SE ARCTIC VILLAGE....53 MPH
RED DOG DOCK................................53 MPH
GAMBELL.....................................51 MPH
CAPE LISBURNE...............................45 MPH
ANGEL CREEK (NR CHENA HOT SPRINGS)..........40 MPH
NOATAK VILLAGE..............................40 MPH
FORT YUKON..................................36 MPH

* HIGHEST GUST REPORTED BEFORE THE WIND SENSOR STOPPED REPORTING

$$

EWP




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