Published (NWS): Wed, 09 Nov 2011 08:16:35 EST
Lack of Sea Ice Problematic
Arctic sea ice this year reached the second-lowest coverage since satellite records began in 1979, according to the National Snow and Ice Data Center in Boulder, Colorado. While powerful storms in the North Pacific and Bering Sea are common for this time of year, this storm is unusual because it is going farther north. Also, without the cover of sea ice, Alaska's coast will feel the full brunt of the 6 to 9 foot storm surge.
Federal, state and local agencies were making emergency preparations in advance of the storm.