Saturday, 2 April 2016

Extreme weather in Alaska

"If we had June or July sun, it would have been 80 degrees, but we didn't."

We are in ‪#‎RunawayAbruptClimateChange‬ and the situation is extremely dire.

There is a small number of us trying to warn about it with varying degrees of success but we will continue to try.

We are in the exponential phase of this catastrophe and our biosphere will now unravel at lightning speed, brace for imminent impact when the summer cooks the Arctic.

The Arctic sea ice has already hit a record low, it is about to be annihilated.

----Kevin Hester

The temperature just hit 71 degrees (22 centigrade)

31 March, 2016

Alaska has had plenty of uncharacteristic weather in recent months, but Thursday took it to a new extreme.

The temperature measured at Klawock Airport in Southeast Alaska hit 71 degrees, which University of Alaska Fairbanks climate researcher Brian Brettschneider said is a record high for the state for the month of March, in any year on record.
Before 2016, Alaska temperatures in March hadn't hit the 70-degree mark for any years on record.
Brettschneider said the previous March record-high temperature in Alaska was 69 degrees, recorded in Ketchikan on March 28, 1915.
Rick Thoman, climate science and services manager with National Weather Service Alaska, confirmed the new record, based on preliminary data. 
"The fact that it's March -- it's pretty amazing," said Juneau NWS meteorologist Wes Adkins. "It's a big deal."
The cause of the new record was a ridge of high pressure in the area, which had been forecast for several days.
"We basically had a June or July air mass move in in March," Brettschneider said. "If we had June or July sun, it would have been 80 degrees, but we didn't."
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And there it is. The first 70°F reading in Alaska during March in any year! #akwx #StateRecord
Brian Brettschneider (@Climatologist49) March 31, 2016

Other towns across Southeast Alaska saw record-daily-high temperatures Thursday as well. The Haines Airport hit 62 degrees Thursday, compared to a previous March 31 high of 57 in 1926. Sitka hit 57 degrees, compared to a previous high of 54 in 1994.
Alaska’s weather recently has been chock full of notable events.
In December, a storm brought temperatures at the North Pole to 50 degrees higher than the normal point for that time of year, The Washington Post reported.

The last two winters have been unseasonably warm, and unusually high temperatures are set to last all the way through May.

The state's first wildfire of the year came in February, 

south of Delta Junction. It spread partly because of a lack of snow in the area, sparking concerns about the rest of the upcoming fire season.

Anchorage got so little snow this winter that the Alaska Railroad Corp. even sent snow by train from Fairbanks to make sure the state's largest city was prepared for the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race (though Anchorage didn't end up using it).

1 comment:

  1. Actually Robin, the referenced Alaska Daily News story is from 2016 not 2014. I originally picked it up off of the Climate Change Survival page and shared it among my page, Climate Alert, and Arctic News, and I believe that Kevin likely got it from my page (Coloradans for Responsible Energy and Environmental Policy), as Kevin and I have a good working internet relationship.

    Here is a link to the original Alaska Daily News story from March 31:

    The ADN story also links this crazy piece:

    As well as this one: Love it or hate it, Alaska's warm winter is predicted to last until breakup, February 21st, 2016:

    And the first Alaska wildfire of the season was reported by ADN on February 22nd, 2016: Alaska's first wildfire of 2016 reported near Delta Junction:

    I might recommend signing up for Alaska Daily News environmental and climate emails if this subject interests you as I have done, as sign-up is free.

    My page if anyone is interested:
    (Creeping away from fossil fuels one day at a time). There is a story behind my choice of name for my page if anyone is interested!