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Weather Talk: Fall color beginning here and snow hits Alaska

You may have noticed a few maple treetops have begun to show a little fall color already. Although this may seem early, we usually see a little golden here and there by early August. In Alaska, the first winter storm of the season has blasted the Brooks Range and North Slope with snow and blowing snow.

Several inches fell in some of the mountain passes of the Brooks Range. Although this storm is coming a week or two earlier than typical, it is not unusual for the Brooks Range of Alaska to get their first snowstorm of the winter in August.

The Brooks Range is a range of mountains about 700 miles long across northern Alaska. It is an extension of the Rocky Mountains and is largely uninhabited by people except for a few small villages and a few working mines. There are, however, more than half a million caribou who live there as well as Dall sheep and grizzly bears.

John Wheeler

John was born in Baton Rouge, LA, and grew up near Birmingham, Alabama. As a teenager, his family moved to Madison, Wisconsin, and later to a small town in northeast Iowa. John traces his early interest in weather to the difference in climate between Alabama and Wisconsin. He is a graduate of Iowa State University with a degree in meteorology. Like any meteorologist, John is intrigued by extremes of weather, especially arctic air outbreaks and winter storms.  John has been known to say he prefers his summers to be hot but in winter, he prefers the cold.  When away from work, John enjoys long-distance running and reading.  John has been a meteorologist at WDAY since May of 1985.

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