Tools for Enthusiasts + Media

Anyone with a general interest in climate + weather

Non-technical tools for people interested in climate and weather on a more local and personal level, such as journalists, community members, gardeners, hunters, and gatherers.

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airport at dutch harbor, alaska

Airport Winds

How windy is it at airports across Alaska? If you’re a pilot or just interested in aviation, check out this tool that slices and dices historical wind data recorded 1980–present at 166 Alaska airports.

Graph downloads available.

peonies in field

Alaska Garden Helper

How might growing conditions change in your part of Alaska in the coming decades? Choose an Alaska community and see how its growing season has changed since 1980, and how it might change, out to 2099. (Spoiler alert: it may be getting longer!)

You can also see graphs of daily minimum temperatures, growing degree days (and how this cumulative heat affects specific crops), and maps of projected hardiness (based on USDA Plant Hardiness Zones).

Graph and map downloads available.

forest fire

Alaska Wildfire Explorer

Are you interested in Alaska wildfires within the larger forest ecosystem? This tool is a map of Alaska with several fire-related data layers—simply choose the layers you want to see.

Note: The Wildfire Explorer shows a variety of data that helps users understand Alaska’s fire landscape. It is not designed for fire management decision-making by agencies or individuals.

fairbanks from the air

Community Climate Charts

What’s happening with climate in your Northern community? See temperature and precipitation projections 2010–2099 for over 3800 communities in Alaska and western Canada.

Look for key changes—for example, higher temperatures in spring and fall could mean a longer growing season and/or a shift from snow to rain. Warmer, drier spring weather may increase fire risk.

Graph and data downloads available.

Wind turbine in Toksook Bay, Alaska

Community Wind

How windy was your community in the last 35 years, and how much windier might it get? This tool shows recorded hourly wind data for 67 Alaska communities, 1980–2014. The tool also shows modeled winds for 1980–2099.

Graph and data downloads available.

running dogs through water on a thawing lake

Environmental Impacts to Access in Interior Alaska

How is the climate making a subsistence lifestyle in Alaska’s Interior more challenging? People from Beaver, Delta, Holy Cross, Lake Minchumina, Nulato, Tok, and Venetie share stories and images of climate-related environmental conditions affecting their travel to areas used for hunting, fishing, trapping, and gathering.

Stories combine with maps that reinforce their observations, with data visualizations of temperature, precipitation, snow levels, wildfires, and permafrost.

wildfire in the forest

Fire Tally

Have you ever wanted to know how much of Alaska has burned since 2004? The charts in this tool compare the current year’s daily tally of acres burned to high fire years (> 1 million acres burned) since daily tally records began in 2004.

Graphic downloads available.

Historical Sea Ice Atlas

Is sea ice a part of your work, your travel, and/or your lifestyle? We’ve compiled sea ice data from northern Alaska—from whaling-ship logbooks to data acquired from satellites—to show how sea ice concentrations have changed since 1850.

Graphic and data downloads available. Data are also displayed in poster format and as video animations.

sunrise in alaska

Statewide Temperature Index

“Has it been warmer or colder lately in Alaska?” Answer: “It’s complicated.” Why? Alaska is a very large region with complex geography and sparse data availability.

Here you can see a statewide temperature index: a simple indicator that balances accessible information on temperature variation with the complexity of Alaska’s climate.

Graphic and code downloads available.