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Breaking Up is Hard To Do In our last edition we focused on the outcomes of a big snow year in the Northwest Territories, and break-up related flooding on the Mackenzie River. Last week it was Alaska's turn when an ice jam downstream of Buckland caused flooding unlike any seen in twenty years. This week, the setting is communities along the Little Anyyu River in Chukotka. A big snow year and rapid warm up is putting communities on high alert for flooding. You can read about it in English (use translation feature) and see other articles from a year that has brought much ice and snow to quite a few areas of the north. Mike Brubaker - Editor

Buckland, Alaska, United States
Wesley Early / KOTZ Radio 720 AM / May 13, 2021

An ice jam caused by warming spring temperatures near the village of Buckland has left most of the town underwater and cut off access to the airport road. Residents of the village of about 400 people are preparing to evacuate by boat if water levels continue to rise.

Read article on KOTZ Radio 720 AM



Ваеги, Анадырский район, Chukotka Autonomous Okrug, Russia
Prochukotku / May 20, 2021

This year the situation is complicated by unfavorable hydrological forecasts due to heavy winter precipitation. Experts observed the maximum amount of snow in the upper reaches of the Anadyr River.

Read article on Prochukotku



Mekoryuk, Alaska, United States
Olivia Ebertz / KYUK / May 14, 2021

The musk ox were stranded on the ice floes after wandering onto the sea ice during breakup.

Read article on KYUK



Levi, Lapland, Finland
Yle Uutiset / May 14, 2021

Ski resorts in Levi, Pallas and Saariselkä kept their slopes open until Mother’s Day this year.

Read article on Yle Uutiset



Chukotka Autonomous Okrug, Russia
Prochukotku / May 20, 2021

A photo of a hunter posing against the background of the inscription "Chukotka 2021," laid out from dozens of killed geese and ducks, caused an active discussion in the district's social networks.

Read article on Prochukotku



Iceland
Jelena Ćirić / Iceland Review / May 20, 2021

A wildfire alert is now in effect across roughly half of Iceland following weeks of dry weather and fires across the Southwest quadrant of the country.

Read article on Iceland Review



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