Sunday, June 12, 2016

Alaska is having the hottest year since we began keeping records.

Courtesy of Eco Watch:  

Like the rest of the world, Alaska has been unusually hot this year—and it’s about to get hotter. 

That’s according to the most recent data released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), as Climate Central reported. 

Between March and May of this year, the meteorological spring, the entire state has been about 10 degrees hotter than normal, with an average temperature of 32 F. 

“That may sound cold,” Climate Central noted, “but warmth is a relative term. That temperature handily beat the previous record hot spring of 1998 by 2 F (1 C), according to NOAA.” 

The cities of Anchorage, Fairbanks and Juneau have experienced their hottest springs since records began.

I went hiking the other day with Dennis Zaki and this was the topic of conversation for the entire drive to Hatcher Pass.

I used to complain about the soggy cool summers of my youth, but damn it gets so hot these days that I have to walk around my house in tank tops and shorts just to stay cool.

I also have a cooling system in my house (Not exactly air conditioning however.) that I now have to turn on just so I can sleep at night. If somebody would have told me that I would some day need something like that in my house when I was a teenager I would have laughed in their face.

This is why I always say that the only way Alaskans can deny global warming is if they are dumb, deaf, and blind.

Or Sarah Palin.


  1. Anonymous4:19 AM

    Fracking drill stupid drill

  2. Anonymous4:58 AM

    Greenland just had a record high of 75 too.

  3. Anonymous5:27 AM

    Deaf, dumb, and blind?
    Would comparing sarah plain to Helen Keller be unkind.. to Helen Keller?
    I mean Helen Keller actually accomplished things.

    1. Connie5:47 AM

      As Helen proved, communication takes many forms. Ms Sarah P utilizes none of them.

  4. Anonymous6:07 AM

    OT$? Good Read>

  5. Anonymous6:59 AM

    Sarah Palin says there's no such thing as global warming. She should know it's all hype since her father is a science teacher.

  6. Summers of '13, '14 and '15 were so mild in Northern Neck Virginia it was spooky. No 100s and no punishing strings of mid-90s. '11 and '12 were each a taste of hell. We're overdue for a wallop. Yesterday was the first day in the 90s and we're there again today. It's coming.

  7. We have a motto here in Michigan to not blink or the weather will change. But our weather has been very strange.

    I live in northwest of Michigan's Lower Peninsula. Christmas Day, 2015, was warm. I don't remember the temperature, but I sat outside without a jacket, and watched a spider build a web, and got bitten by a mosquito. What's up with that, Santa?

    The other day, nearly 6 months later, it was colder than Christmas Day! Yesterday it was 94. A cold front came in, and the overnight temperature dropped nearly 50 degrees! WTF?

    The thing is, none of this would be unusual, because, as that Michigan motto says: Don't blink. But it is unusual because of its drastic changes and increasing frequency.

    Good grief, it snowed in May! The leaves on the trees are coming in later and later ... in fact, spring 2015, we had a mini color change on our newly sprouted leaves! WTF? It was pretty, but not good. I wonder how this will start to affect the farming in this country ... or, throughout the world!

    It is absolutely shameful that our politicians, primarily Republicans, have sold their souls to the greedy energy corporations, whose only concern is their profit margins, and what they can add to their personal portfolios.

    Argh ......

  8. Anita Winecooler4:15 PM

    I don't remember the weather going directly from winter to summer like it has these past few years. It seems one day it's in the 20 degree range, then BOOM it's in the 80 degree range. I fear it's already passed the point of no return.


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