river watch

Napaimute, looking downstream. April 18, 2016. Photo courtesy the National Weather Service, Alaska.

Napaimute, looking downstream. April 18, 2016. Photo courtesy the National Weather Service, Alaska.

The earliest break up on record has begun in the middle Kuskokwim, but ice is still holding in the upper and lower sections of the river. That’s the results from an aerial survey by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which photographed the Kuskokwim from the Holitna River tributary to Napakiak on Monday. Read more →

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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