Category: Weather

Backyard Meteorology

Backyard Meteorology

Posted: February 18, 2020| Categories: Learning, Mark Breen, Programs and Events, Weather, What's Happening

Starting March 19, this 3-part series covers weather basics with Senior Meteorologist Mark Breen. Ever wonder how meteorologists make weather forecasts that that can influence the ways we travel, grow our gardens, and prepare for the day? Mark Breen helps you develop the skills to identify, observe, and record… Read More
February Weather

February Weather

Posted: February 3, 2020| Categories: Fairbanks Museum, Skywatch Almanac Weather, Weather

February, you might say, is a case of the sun being willing, but the body of the winter just isn’t ready. Each day brings the sun a little higher, and lasting a little longer in the sky. The same snow that fell in December, leaving the road covered for a… Read More
January Weather

January Weather

Posted: January 7, 2020| Categories: Fairbanks Museum, Skywatch Almanac Weather, Weather

With December’s experimentation in winter now over, there can be little doubt that this is winter’s stronghold. The time-worn adage “as the days lengthen, the cold strengthens” gets its inspiration from this month, for daylight increases nearly 50 minutes, but average temperatures drop to their lowest levels of the winter. Read More
December Weather

December Weather

Posted: December 2, 2019| Categories: Fairbanks Museum, Skywatch Almanac Weather, Weather

In winter’s deepest dark, we carry on the traditions of our ancient ancestors, kindling the hopes of longer days with the festive lights of the season. Their belief that the sun needed some help seems fitting in December, on average the cloudiest month of the year. The re-establishment of a… Read More
November Weather

November Weather

Posted: November 5, 2019| Categories: Fairbanks Museum, Skywatch Almanac Weather, Weather

November seems awkward in some ways.  Any spell of Indian Summer is cut short, no longer at home among the barren trees, the dying grass, and the increasingly frosty mornings.  And yet the first attempts at winter are frequently messy, the marks of inexperience.  Even the sky seems restless, its… Read More
September Weather

September Weather

Posted: August 28, 2018| Categories: Skywatch Almanac Weather, Weather

Mornings that are misty and cool, afternoon’s that enjoy a deep blue sky swept clean of the summer’s haze by a fresh breeze, each signaling the arrival of September.  The longer nights give the atmosphere a chance to lose a bit more heat, and the cooler, heavier air drifts down… Read More
January Weather

January Weather

Posted: January 2, 2018| Categories: Eye on the Sky, Mark Breen, Skywatch Almanac Weather, Weather

Winter deepens in thought and deed each January, even though there is a noticeable change in the daylight by month’s end.  Average minimum temperatures are near zero, the temperature at which snow begins to squeal and creek underfoot, and daytimes are most often below freezing as well, making January home… Read More
December Weather

December Weather

Posted: December 5, 2017| Categories: Eye on the Sky, Mark Breen, Skywatch Almanac Weather, Weather

Skywatch Almanac is written by Mark Breen, senior meteorologist at the Fairbanks Museum. Winter is now stalking the region, sometimes boldly covering the landscape and declaring itself, sometimes haphazardly experimenting with different versions of winter storms and skies.  Should a storm track become established along the East… Read More
September Weather

September Weather

Posted: August 31, 2017| Categories: Eye on the Sky, Skywatch Almanac Weather, Weather

Weather almost always takes a back seat to the harvest of the fields and gardens, as well as the blaze of foliage by late in the month.  Yet the same decreasing daylight that signals plants to ripen their fruit, and triggers chemical changes in the leaves to stop making green… Read More
What’s What with the Weather?

What’s What with the Weather?

Posted: December 16, 2016| Categories: Eye on the Sky, Fairbanks Museum, Mark Breen, Weather

Where does snow come from? How to clouds stay up in the sky? How hot is lightning? Those questions and more are answered by Fairbanks Museum meteorologist Mark Breen on the VPR podcast But Why: A Podcast for Curious Kids. Kids from all over the world ask questions on this podcast, and Mark… Read More