Alaska doppler radar covers the primary population locations within the state. Alaska is the largest state in the United States and much of the state is still wilderness. That is reflected in Alaska’s state nickname, which is “The last frontier.”
Despite its overall size, however, the state is also one of the least populous in the entire country! Featured on numerous reality television shows, people today flock to Alaska for gold, for the fishing industry, or for the simple joy of exploring some place new.
The locations for Alaska doppler radar are:
Bethel: With a population of just over 6,000 residents, this city is the largest in Western Alaska. It also didn’t sell liquor within city limits until 2009 and even today many liquor licenses are opposed. It is home to the only detention facility in the area. A resident in 2012 made viral news by posting signs up that Taco Bell was coming to town, which wasn’t true, but Taco Bell sent up a taco truck to serve over 10,000 tacos.
Fairbanks: Located within the interior of the state, Fairbanks is the second largest city in Alaska according to the last census. It has a subarctic climate which features short, warm summers, but long, colder winters. The city was founded in 1901 and for the first 60 years of its existence, the city suffered from extensive seasonal flooding. With doppler radar, Fairbanks can better prepare for oncoming precipitation.
Juneau: Juneau is the capital city of Alaska and it is the second largest city in the United States in terms of square mileage. It is also unique in the fact there the city is completely isolated from its state and from the continent as no roads connect the city. The only way to travel by car to Juneau is by ferry service!
Kenai: Located along the river of the same name, Kenai is a small city that literally means “open field with very few trees.” It is a small city with not even 10,000 residents that works with the oil industry. Even though it is a subarctic climate, the weather averages a winter temperature of nearly 16F.
King Salmon: Unlike other Alaska doppler locations, King Salmon is neither a city or a military station. It is instead a census designated area that is the home to only a few hundred people. It is on the map because the US military once built an air navigation silo there.
Middleton Island: This doppler station is an Air Force monitoring station that was activated in 1958 to protect citizens against a possible attack from the Soviet Union. Today, however, the station is abandoned. The Alaska doppler radar is still active, however, as it helps to track weather patterns that are incoming.
Nome: Despite its location, Nome is one of the oldest cities in Alaska and at one time was also the most populous city. The city markets itself as the world’s largest goldpan, encouraging prospectors to visit the city to find riches along its shores.