“Our station is unique because we broadcast statewide on our ABC affiliate, including the Anchorage, Fairbanks and Juneau markets and over cable outlets to the more remote areas. That makes my job a little more tricky because instead of forecasting for a small area, such as an Indy market or a Cincinnati station, that covers small sections of a state or states, my forecast area is more than two-and-a-half times the size of Texas, not counting the multiple sea, inlet, sound and ocean areas. North to south, there is a difference of about 1,300 miles, and from east to west is a difference of about 2,000 miles or so .... It's a lot of ground to cover and the usable data for forecasting is sparse. The National Weather Service only has seven radar sites where there should easily be double or nearly triple that amount.”
Maushart announces, “Some of the hardest parts of the job were adjusting to the Alaskan weather patterns, the terrain and just being able to pronounce the rural village names correctly on air. The winter forecasting will definitely be pushing my limits, and it’s just around the corner.”
However, “I love the people I work with and the state I’m living in. Alaska, in general, is easily the most beautiful state just based off of natural surroundings. There is never a dull moment because even though it may be a boring rain forecast for five days straight here in Anchorage, there is always something more exciting to talk about in another part of the state to switch it up. Some other meteorologists don't have that luxury.”
Diane Raver can be contacted at 812-934-4343, Ext. 114; or diane.raver@ batesvilleheraldtribune.com.