reached temperatures in the 80s, with Deadhorse reaching a
record-high temperature of 85
Wednesday evening. Other cities including Bettles and Eagle reached
85, Fort Yukon hit 84, and Nenana reported 87.
pulse of warm air invaded the North Slope of northern Alaska on
Wednesday, bringing some of the warmest air ever recorded there,”
meteorologist Jeff Masters explained on
his blog, Weather Underground. “Even with the 24-hour sunlight it
receives during most of July, the North Slope typically experiences
highs only in the 50s and lows in the 30s.”
also officially reported 87, but one record showed Fairbanks’
airport reaching 96 degrees
Wednesday. Meanwhile hundreds of miles south in Orlando, Fl.,
temperatures reached 94 degrees, according to the National Weather
Service. Miami and Daytona Beach only rose to 92 on Wednesday.
in Fairbanks could reach 90 degrees on Thursday or Friday, National
Weather Service meteorologist Rick Thoman reported to the Alaska
last month, Deadhorse tied its record-high temperature at 82
The previous record followed a heatwave — deadly depending
what part of the country you were in. Phoenix rose to 118 degrees,
Yuma climbed to 120, and Palm Springs, Calif., reached 119 during the
heatwave last week.
this week, there were concerns over an increase
of wildfires due
to high temperatures and a decrease in humidity. A day after those
concerns were reported, two new fires broke out on Wednesday. For one
fire, the temperature was 78 degrees with 50 percent relative
humidity, reported Daily
a local news source in Fairbanks.
records are just warming up for another heatwave, which is expected
to spread across the rest of the country next
well. Most states are likely to see temperatures above 90 degrees and
into the 100s.
the Arctic is experiencing other records reflecting the impacts of
higher and higher temperatures. In June, average Arctic sea ice
extent reached a record low, according to theNational
Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC).
The sea ice extended to around 4.09 million square miles — which
was 100,000 square miles less than the previous low record in 2010.
is the only month in 2016 that has not set a record low for sea ice.
It was second behind the March 2015 record.
sea ice is not only shrinking in area, but thinning as well. During
late April and early May, aircraft missions found that, in general,
ice thickness from the Alaskan coast of the Beaufort Sea up to the
North Pole were seven to 10 feet. Several locations showed ice
thickness of five feet, which was representative of first-year ice,
and other locations were as thick as 16 feet. These variations are
suggest a "broken up and variegated ice pack" mixed with
thick multiyear ice and thinner first-year ice, as described by the
Hawkins, a climate scientist at the University of Reading, created a
GIF showing the Arctic sea volume growth since 1979. While there are
points when the sea ice volume actually increases, the overwhelming
trend shows the volume decreases since the 1970s.
temperatures and record-low sea ice are becoming more and more normal
-- as every month seems to break a new record. January to March of
2016 was the hottest
on record --
the second highest three-month start temperatures were just set in
set records in April. Temperatures reached as high as 64 degrees, but
even weather stations on the actual ice sheet saw temperatures at
37.6 degrees. If Greenland's land-locked ice melts, it alone could
raise sea levels by 20 feet.