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VAWS: The November 8, 2020 Fairbanks Snowstorm That Wasn’t.

January 13, 2021 @ 11:00 am to 12:00 pm AKST

Jonathan Chriest

Speaker: Jonathan Chriest
NOAA/National Weather Service Fairbanks, Alaska

On November 5-6th, 2020, Fairbanks received 14.7” of snowfall in 24 hours, a new 24 hour November record. Another storm right on its heels was poised to dump an additional 5-10” of snow on Fairbanks on November 8th and 9th. Instead, Fairbanks warmed above freezing, it rained, and only 1-3” of snow fell around town in the overnight hours. Join us as we will explore what went wrong, forecast uncertainty, and model failure modes.