Alaska shiversApril 28th, 2013 at 12:16 am by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
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.