Alaska shivers

April 28th, 2013 at 12:16 am by under Bill's Blog, Weather

barrow alaska   This is a frame grab from the Barrow, Alaska sea ice cam (courtesy Univ. of Alaska, Fairbanks).  You can see a current picture and a loop of the last day or 10-days at the link.  It’s been colder than average over much of the Lower 48 states. Look at the record low temperatures in the U.S. in the last week.   Alaska has also seen record and near record cold this month.  Fairbanks is 14 degrees colder than average for April 1-27!  The cold anomalies have been pretty much statewide:  Anchorage 7.2 deg. below average, Juneau 3.8 deg. colder than average, Nome 4.3 deg. colder than average and Barrow 1.2 deg. colder than average.  The average temperature at Barrow for April is -0.8F.  At least they have the daylight.  The “midnight sun” starts May 12 and continues thru August 1.  During this time,  the sun is above the horizon 24 hours a day in Barrow.  This will likely set a record at Nenana for the latest icemelt.  They have more ice now than they had on April 1.  They’ve had record snowfall in SE Alaska.   Snowcover in Alaska:  53″ Valdez, 17″ Fairbanks, 13″ Nome, 7″ Anchorage.

25 Responses to “Alaska shivers”

  1. fixxxerswrist says:

    I told master we can get a job in fairbanks but the rotten kids have to many friends in school here

  2. Irish coffee says:

    53″ in Valdez! NOW that’s what i’m talkin’ about….can’t wait for retirement! 9 months of snow vs. 9 mo. A/C season.

  3. Rocky (Rockford) says:

    FANTASTIC picture of the COLD and SNOW! I love it!

  4. Uncle Sparkee says:

    Your ol uncle sparks needs to sleep. Had a smoke fest with the great white hunter himself last nite. We howled at the cherry moon! The great white hunter lead me into a hazy field with wild turkeys and green buds flowing like a majestic river, and I’m in a canoe searching for your ol aunty Edna Edna hokey joe

  5. Daniel (Denver, CO) says:

    And another wedge of that cold is coming down into the Front Range/plains next week. Looks like we might be dealing with another big snowstorm across the country. Apparently the high sun angle this year is doing nothing to warm up the higher latitudes. Couple that with an unusually deep snow pack in Canada and you get a possible recipe for no summer this year and a possible cold fall. I could be way off base, but the atmosphere appears to be locked in a pattern that most of us have not seen for decades. Global warming, no…climate change, definitely.

    1. Bill Steffen says:

      The scary scenario would be if we were to get a big volcano that would blast a lot of particulate into the upper atmosphere. The “Year Without A Summer” brought hardship to many: We already have a slightly dimmer sun with a lowering sunspot count.

  6. big Daddy BC says:

    “Yesterday, an Australian government commission just came right out and said it: “Australia’s Angry Summer” of extreme weather was “made worse” by climate change.”

    “Extreme weather events dominated the 2012/2013 Australian summer, including record-breaking heat, severe bushfires, extreme rainfall and damaging flooding. Extreme heat waves and catastrophic bushfire conditions during the Angry Summer were made worse by climate change.

    All weather, including extreme weather events, is influenced by climate change. All extreme weather events are now occurring in a climate system that is warmer and moister than it was 50 years ago. This influences the nature, impact and intensity of extreme weather events.”

    1. Mike M. says:

      Snow in the midwest on May 1st so bigDaddy Nosepicker wails about Australia. Hey, you big dummy, here’s your Australia weather…

      1. big Daddy BC says:

        More links to extremists’ blogs. Just what we need. LOL

        1. Bill Steffen says:

          Global temperatures have been flat for over a decade:

          Even James Hansen admits it:

          “The five-year mean global temperature has been flat for the last decade…” – James Hansen et al.

          Alaska shivers and most of the Lower 48 states is shiverin’ too!

          And you want to spend trillions to make it colder?

    2. Mike M. says:

      Speaking of extreme weather, have you noticed almost no tornado activity in the US so far this year? Do you know why? It’s because it’s too damn cold for tornadoes! Show us the GCM that predicted that.

      1. michael g (SE GR) says:

        The Weather Channel actually is saying that the lack of tornados is “Extreme” and caused by climate change.

        1. Mike M. says:

          War is peace. Ignorance is strength. This is what totalitarians do, redefine words to suit their purposes. High activity is extreme. Complete lack of activity is extreme. This technique works quite well on millions of low information voters.

        2. Irish coffee says:

          EXCELLENT point Mike!!

        3. big Daddy BC says:

          I agree. Sounds like the GWB Admin all over again.

    3. Mike M. says:

      Speaking of extreme, did you know that the US has gone it’s longest stretch without a major hurricane landfall since the 1860′s?

      Where’s the GCM that predicted that?

      1. big Daddy BC says:

        And again! LOL You guys need some new sources.

        1. Bill Steffen says:

          Like this:

          And…like James Hansen:

          “The five-year mean global temperature has been flat for the last decade…” – James Hansen et al.

        2. Mike M. says:

          What do you have against the High Plains Regional Climate Center? That’s where the pic is from. You can’t face the truth. The Global Warming Scam is over. And you’re still a loser.

  7. Lil Sibbersen says:

    Bill, You stated “record snowfall in SE Alaska” then included Fairbanks, Nome and Anchorage. They are not in SE Alaska. Also, you listed 7″ snowfall for Anchorage. They had record snowfall last year and I know it was more than that. And I know they had more than 7″ of snow this year. Misprints all???

    1. Bill Steffen says:

      If you click on the link provided, you’ll see the record snowfall in SE Alaska was a DAILY record snowfall, not seasonal (though much of Alaska had above average snowfall again this long winter). The 7″ refers to snow cover (how much snow they have on the ground right now). Anchorage has had 92.7″ of snow this winter and that is 18.6″ above average. Take a look at Valdez: They’ve had 374.8″ for the season and that is 52″ above average.

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