Hot Alaska: As the Climate Warms, Alaska Experiences Record High Temperatures

Thoman, Richard ; Brettschneider, Brian

Année de publication
2016
Résumé
Starting in late May 2013, Alaska has experienced a long run of headline-grabbing warm weather. Most months, and even more seasons, have been well above normal, with multiple “warmest of record” months. In parts of southern and coastal Alaska, mild winters tend to push more of the cold season precipitation into the rain category, resulting in “snow droughts.” At shorter timescales, many daily record high temperatures have been set, while very few new low records have been established at long-established climate sites. The frequent drone of records and outstanding mild-weather related events can numb us into forgetting just how extreme weather and climate conditions have been across the Last Frontier over the past three years. So in this article, we present a recap.

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