This is a remarkable holiday season full of extreme weather events. It was a 67-degree Fahrenheit reading in Alaska on the day following Christmas.
Sunday’s reading from Kodiak Island’s tidal station set a new state temperature record for December. the National Weather Service reported.
The temperature at the station in southern Alaska reached the 60s on Monday, before dropping to 55 degrees Tuesday morning, Rick Thoman (a climate specialist with Alaska Center for Climate Assessment and Policy, Fairbanks), said. said on Twitter.
“In late December,” he added. “I would not have thought such a thing possible.”
It wasn’t the only weather record to fallThis month was in the Bering Sea and Gulf of Alaska towns. A 56-degree day on Dec. 25 in the town of Unalaska, Alaska, appeared to be the state’s highest-ever reliable temperature reading for Christmas DayMr. Thoman wrote.
Although it is difficult to link one heat wave with climate change, scientists say it is clear that heat waves around world are becoming more frequent, longer-lasting, and more dangerous.
New purported weather records are piling up so quickly that it can be hard for civilians to keep track — or to decide how much to worry. Nineteen of the world’s 20 warmest years have occurred this century; last year effectively tied 2016 as the hottest on record.
The average temperature in the contiguous United States for Christmas Day was the third-warmest since 1900. according to an analysisBrian Brettschneider is a climateologist in Alaska.
Alaska has recorded record heat, which is particularly notable given its Arctic proximity and bitterly cold climate. Alaska is warming faster than the rest, and already experiences flooding, erosion, and other signs that the climate is changing.
In 2015, President Barack Obama used the state as a backdrop for a speech that called climate change the defining challenge of the century and recognized America’s role in creating it.
“Climate change is no longer some far-off problem; it is happening here, it is happening now,” he said in Anchorage. “We’re not acting fast enough.”
A heat dome, a mass or high-pressure atmosphere that hovers over the northeastern Pacific Ocean, caused the recent heat wave in Alaska. The heat dome that landed above the Pacific Northwest this summer broke records and caused roads in Portland, Ore to buckle.
Fairbanks is one of the areas in Alaska that has also experienced these kinds of events. record amounts of rainRecent days. This is partly because it will leave water on roads, which could freeze until March, Mr. Brettschneider said to Alaska Public Media in a segment that aired last week.
“There’s been cases in recent years where ice that accumulated in November caused accidents, even fatal accidents, in March,” he said. “So that’s going to be a persistent hazard.”
Alaska’s latest heat wave did not affect the entire state. Mr. Brettschneider said that Ketchikan, in the southeast, is on track for having its coldest December ever since 1933. And the Weather Service predicted on Tuesday that the weekend would bring temperatures “much below normal” to portions of the Alaskan mainland and panhandle.
Fairbanks’ climatologist Mr. Thoman shared a photo Tuesday showing a dark and gloomy Nuiqsut in northern Alaska. He stated that the temperature was minus 40 degrees.
“Winter lives,” he wrote.
Source: NY Times