Breakup

A rare November Breakup on the Kuskokwim River near Napaimute. Photo Courtesy of Mark Leary

A rare November Breakup on the Kuskokwim River near Napaimute. Photo Courtesy of Mark Leary

The Kuskokwim River in Southwest Alaska is experiencing a rare November breakup. Temperatures were cold in early November but over the past several days, temperatures have reached into the 40s and even the 50s in some places along the river.

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The Kuskokwim River is rotting out both above and below Bethel. The ice moved near Kalskag this weekend and formed a half a mile lead above Kalskag. Earl Samuelson is a pilot for state troopers and flew the river Saturday. He spotted very weak ice below lower Kalskag.
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Kuskokwim River ice with surface water taken from the seawall. (Photo courtesy of Charles Enoch)

Kuskokwim River ice with surface water taken from the seawall. (Photo courtesy of Charles Enoch)

The Alaska Pacific River Forecast Center predicts the Kuskowkim will break up at Bethel between May 9th and May 15th. That range is right around the historical average of May 12th. But after a warm winter with little snow, the Forecast Center says this year’s breakup could happen in one of several ways.

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After several warm days, the Kuskokwim River has standing water and deep holes. Mike Riley with Bethel Search and Rescue says vehicles should stay off the river.
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