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The National Weather Service provides information about weather in Alaska.
There are no links from the Weather Service pages back to this web site. Use your browser's
BACK button to return to the Arctic Refuge, or set a bookmark for the Refuge before you leave.
weather maps for today, tonight, tomorrow, and the day after tomorrow. The Refuge is in
the northeast (upper right) corner of the state.
Satellite images, which
include NOAA Visual Satellite Images, NOAA Infrared Satellite Images, GOES Infrared
Satellite Images, and GMS Infrared Satellite Images. Ozone and sulphur dioxide
(SO2) levels are provided.
Information about ozone:
The first map in this link shows ozone levels high in the stratosphere over Alaska. At
ground level, ozone is harmful - it is a large part of what smog is made of. High up in the
stratosphere, however, ozone is important - it absorbs harmful UV radiation from the sun (UV
radiation may cause skin cancer and other problems).
The amount of ozone above the earth is measured in Dobson units (DU). Normal ozone
levels are about 260 DU near the tropics, and higher elsewhere.
For the past 15 years, stratospheric ozone has been destroyed during certain times of year by
some man-made chemicals, creating an "ozone hole." Check this ozone map periodically to see
if ozone levels over the Arctic Refuge fluctuate (lower numbers mean less stratospheric
This information about ozone came from the Ozone Hole Multimedia Tour
produced by the Center for Atmospheric Science at The University of Cambridge, UK.
Weather forecasts for areas within the Arctic Refuge. Look in the FAIRBANKS ZONE FORECAST -
INTERIOR and FAIRBANKS ZONE FORECAST - WEST & ARCTIC COASTS sections. The
INTERIOR section covers the central and southern parts of the Refuge: The Brooks Range
mountains across the middle of the Refuge fall within the eastern portion of the "north slopes of
the Brooks Range", while the southern part of the Refuge falls within the northeast portion of the
"upper Yukon Valley". The Refuge falls within the "arctic slope coastal" area of the ARCTIC
COASTS SECTION, from Prudhoe Bay east past Kaktovik (Barter Island), and over to the
Note: This is the MapCruzin.com archive of the FWS Arctic National Wildlife Refuge website. In December, 2001 FWS took this website offline, making it unavailable to the public. It includes 90 plus pages of information and many maps. As of 2006 the important information contained in this, the original "unsanitized" version of the FWS website, has yet to return to the internet, so we will continue to maintain it here as a permanent archive to help inform activists and concerned citizens. If you find any broken links, please report them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will attempt to make the repairs. January, 2008 update - A small part of the original information that was present in 2001 has made it back into the current ANWR website. There is also an archive that contains a small amount of the original information, but it is not readily available from the main website.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. 2001. Potential impacts of proposed oil and gas
development on the Arctic Refuge’s
coastal plain: Historical overview and
issues of concern. Web page of the Arctic National
17 January 2001. http://arctic.fws.gov/issues1.html
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