Alaska's Extreme Weather

"Epic" storm raises questions about severe weather nationwide.
2:18 | 11/09/11

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The National Weather Service is sounding the alarm tonight about a monster storm roaring across Alaska they're describing it as epic. And having quote a magnitude rarely experienced. But. Once a lifetime weather has been hammering the US all year so we asked ABC's Cecilia Vega to try to find out more about why. They're used to storms and Alaska but not like this. And I couldn't get out of the building -- the wind was blowing so hard. Pretty well currently. The epic storm slamming Alaska's western coast right now is twice the size of Texas. Winds reaching nearly ninety miles an hour as powerful as a hurricane tearing off roofs and -- the snow sideways. We have an airplane an old debate have fifty. You know he's actually quite good -- -- down. Meteorologists have their own -- for this snow hurricane is snow McCain. But Alaska is only the latest in a series of freak weather events recently once in -- generation they are now coming every month. A freak October snowstorm crippled the northeast even canceling Halloween and some parts. Raging Texas fires in September in August Hurricane Irene flooded New England it was the country's second hottest summer on record. The driest ever in Texas even worse than dust bowl years and in April -- super outbreak of tornadoes in the southeast left 300 dead. There was not only the deadliest day for tornadoes in recent history but also the costliest with more than ten billion dollars in damages. What's with all this severe. Devastating punishing. Early -- that we're seeing this winter -- we saw last summer -- Some scientists attributed to global warming or climate change. In Alaska tonight they are bracing for potential storm surge of up to nine feet. Even more dangerous because the sea ice that has usually formed along the coast by November isn't there yet this year. Last winter really gave us a wild -- as you well remember. And so this definitely might be your preview. Coming attractions Cecilia Vega ABC news Los Angeles.

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