Mother Nature's fire hose on the way: An "atmospheric river", a.k.a. "Mother Nature's firehose" is heading toward Alaska, bringing along loads of precipitation, the National Weather Service wrote on its Facebook page Sunday. The pattern is sometimes dubbed "Pineapple Express" given the pattern's straight line from Alaska to Hawaii. Moisture-rich air from the subtropic Pacific travels to Coastal Alaska, where "the firehose slams into the jagged terrain of the mountains and wrings out tremendous amounts of rain or snow," NWS writes. That leaves a forecast for rain in coastal Southwest, Southcentral and Southeast Alaska most of the upcoming week.
Dog walker stumbles on dead body: A person walking their dog early Friday evening stumbled upon the remains of a dead man near Moose Creek, north of Palmer, Alaska State Troopers report. The deceased is believed to be an adult male wanted for an outstanding felony warrant, and whose car was found parked at Moose Creek in August.
Alaskan take-over on Ninth Circuit: A computer randomly selected an all-Alaskan panel of judges to sit on an appellate panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, KTUU reports. It's the first time the panel has ever been filled by judges from all hail from the Last Frontier. Judges Morgan Christen, Andrew Kleinfield and John Sedwick will reside over three cases in Pasadena, Calif., dealing with immigration, certification of nursing homes and consumer fraud.