Unusual record-setting heat wave baking Alaska

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  1. Crabtownboy

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    ANCHORAGE, Alaska – A heat wave hitting Alaska may not rival the blazing heat of Phoenix or Las Vegas, but to residents of the 49th state, the days of hot weather feel like a stifling oven -- or a tropical paradise.

    With temperatures topping 80 degrees in Anchorage, and higher in other parts of the state, people have been sweltering in a place where few homes have air conditioning.

    They're sunbathing and swimming at local lakes, hosing down their dogs and cleaning out supplies of fans in at least one local hardware store. Mid-June normally brings high temperatures in the 60s in Anchorage, and just a month ago, it was still snowing.

    The weather feels like anywhere but Alaska to 18-year-old Jordan Rollison, who was sunbathing with three friends and several hundred others lolling at the beach of Anchorage's Goose Lake.

    "I love it, I love it," Rollison said. "I've never seen a summer like this, ever."


    State health officials even took the unusual step of posting a Facebook message reminding people to slather on the sunscreen.

    Some people aren't so thrilled, complaining that it's just too hot.

    "It's almost unbearable to me," said Lorraine Roehl, who has lived in Anchorage for two years after moving here from the community of Sand Point in Alaska's Aleutian Islands. "I don't like being hot. I'm used to cool ocean breeze."

    http://www.foxnews.com/weather/2013/06/19/unusual-record-setting-heat-wave-baking-alaska/
     
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    https://weather.com/storms/winter/news/cold-april-2016-great-lakes-northeast-midwestUnder the title Unusual record-setting,

    NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORT WORTH TX
    RECORD EVENT REPORT 215 AM CDT FRI MAY 20 2016
    ...RECORD LOWEST MAXIMUM TEMPERATURE SET AT WACO...

    Record Cold Targeted Northeast, Great Lakes in Early April 2016
    A sharp, prolonged siege of Arctic air shattered daily, even April monthly records in the Northeast and Great Lakes as April 2016 kicked off.

    May Chill Brings Snow and Record Lows to the Midwest and Northeast
     
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    Yep, just like the computer models predict. Extremes in both directions as global warming continues.

    From: http://www.adn.com/alaska-news/weat...-snow-to-interior-after-record-breaking-heat/

    Interior Alaska suffered a case of weather whiplash on Tuesday, with snow falling and puddles freezing after residents recently basked in a wave of record-breaking heat.

    "We were like 80 degrees and then bam, we got hit with snow," said Dawn Cranor, a clerk at the Three Bears convenience store in Tok.

    Temperatures in Tok dipped to 31 degrees. The cold killed plants, irking gardeners, Cranor said.

    "It's time to unpack your bunny boots!" said a Facebook photo showing the falling snow on the "Tok, Alaska" page. The picture was published just four days after a post reporting Tok temperatures at a "hot" 82 degrees.

    The weather's about-face occurred when a low-pressure system in the Gulf of Alaska provided moisture for a high-pressure system from the Arctic, sweeping out the warm weather, said Benjamin Bartos, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Fairbanks.

    The Interior's extreme heat, including a high of 81 on Saturday in Fairbanks that broke a 101-year-record, was more unusual than the snow for this time of year, Bartos said.

    On Tuesday, the band of falling snow extended north of the Alaska Range from Denali National Park and Preserve to the Canadian border. Tok got about half an inch of snow, while areas of the nearby Taylor Highway received an inch, said Bartos.

     
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    But there's the rub... all they are really saying is that weather changes [a lot]!. Every kid knows that.
    There were Ice ages in the past, therefore there were ages of global warming too.

    As Christians we should simply act responsibly with the enviornment God has given us.
    And rather than be fearful about the future, we should put ourselves in God's hands and trust him.

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    "Temperatures in Tok dipped to 31 degrees. The cold killed plants, irking gardeners, Cranor said.
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    I agree that we're seeing an increase in extremes. However, I found the above comment amusing, wondering why any Alaskan more than a few yards from salt water would outplant cold-sensitive plants this early. My garden is in the comparatively mild (relative to most of AK) central Maine area, and the median date of my last spring frost is May 25. The tomatoes don't go into the ground until Memorial Day or the week after.
     
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    I'm hiking Katadin in a month and am more than a bit concerned about the cold weather. It was snow capped earlier in the week.
    We'll be climbing in our woolies.

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    Three CTB-started threads about Global Warming this week. I sense a theme. :)
     
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    Really? Perhaps I'm dense. What, pray tell, is CTB trying to tell us? ;) (jk)
     
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    Well I can't comment on Global Warming but I remember an interesting remark made by our local guide in Juneau Alaska the summer of 2004... My 2nd wife and I were just married and were on an Alaskan Cruise Honeymoon and the temperature was 75 degrees to us it was just right we were from Southern California but to him a little to warm... Someone made a comment "Where are all the local Alaskans?"... The local guide said "Walmart"... Why Walmart someone said?... Walmart is the only store that has air conditioning he replied... Brother Glen:D
     
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    Spring Fever is my guess. *laugh*
     
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    The only cure for climate change is to elect Democrats and raise taxes substantially.
     
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    . . . and kill babies.
     
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    CTB, since you call people who carry firearms cowards and faithless, I find it hypocritical that you worry about global climate change. Extremely hypocritical.

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    Snow should be gone by then, except maybe in some north-side crevices. Park staff would know for sure. Temps at the summit are usually 15-30F lower than at the trailheads. New snow in mid-late June is unlikely even at the summit, but not impossible. (I met a party on the Knife Edge who said they had been forced off that trail in early August the year before by wind-driven sleet.) If you hit a cool rainy day the peak might be 40F with a chill gale. If it's 90 in Millinocket, the mercury might reach 70 at the top. The old "dress in layers" advice is still good.
     
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    And euthanize the elderly ... "Death with Dignity"...

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