Looking at Bethel breakup dates

by Angela Denning-Barnes on May 14, 2013

The Kuskokwim River ice remains solid from the middle river to the coast and the forecast is for cold temperatures to continue. So, how late are we for breakup at Bethel? Looking at data from the National Weather Service, last year, Bethel broke up on May 15. The year before, it was May 11.

To get a better picture of what’s considered late for Bethel, let’s take the date May 20, for example.

Looking back at the past 30 years, Bethel has seen break up after May 20, four times. The last was in 2006, when it broke on May 23. It also broke up late in 1992, 1985, and 1977.

However, the end of May isn’t the latest breakup on record for Bethel. The river broke up once in June since records have been kept all the way back to 1924. That was in the year 1964 when it broke up June 3.

For a history of breakup dates for different communities on the Kuskokwim River, click here.

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