Caught in a major storm, UAF researchers make the best of it


Filmmaker Fritz Mueller walks at the edge of St. Paul Island as waves crash ashore, driven by the remnants of Typhoon Merbok as it passes over St Paul Island. Photo by Chris Maio

On St. Paul Island, in the Bering Sea about 300 miles from Alaska’s coast, the still-powerful remains of Typhoon Merbok passed overhead, churning up the ocean and rolling across the landscape on a path to the Alaska mainland.

As the storm hit the small island, three University of Alaska Fairbanks researchers, two graduate students and a filmmaker went out for a look.

“We went out driving around during the storm to document the conditions, and

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