Alaska Continues to Bake, on Track For Hottest Year
8 June , 2016
Alaska just can’t seem to shake the fever it has been running. This spring was easily the hottest the state has ever recorded and it contributed to a year-to-date temperature that is more than 10°F (5.5°C) above average, according todata released Wednesday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
The Lower 48, meanwhile, had its warmest spring since the record-breaking scorcher of 2012.
Rick Thoman, climate science and services manager for the NWS’s Alaska region, said that several factors had converged to keep Alaska so relatively toasty, including persistent high pressure systems over the region and warm waters off the coast. Early snowmelt has also exacerbated the spring heat.