May in AlaskaMay 1st, 2013 at 9:20 pm by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
This is a still picture from an FAA webcam near Valdez, Alaska. Click the pic. to enlarge. “Scientists say Alaska is like a canary in a coal mine, foreshadowing the types of changes we can expect for the rest of the world.” from a PBS special on climate change. This is from the National Weather Service: “April 2013 was among the coldest Aprils in the past 74 years over much of Alaska. Looking back even further, in the eastern Interior this was generally the coldest April since 1924. In central and northern Southeast this was the coolest April since 1972, while in South Central for many places this was the coolest April since 1985. Here’s their story. Fairbanks, Alaska just had their 3rd coldest April in 108 years of record (it was 2nd coldest if you just look at high temperatures), with an average temperature of 17.8 degrees. This was the first time since 1972 that the temperature did not reach 50 in April in Fairbanks. It was also the 8th snowiest in 98 years of record. This morning they reported 18″ of snow on the ground. The latest snow cover in Fairbanks was 5/19/1937. Second latest is 5/8/1985 and that has a very good chance of being surpassed this year. Other snow cover reports: 2″ Anchorage (where the thawing out of inland lakes is now 3 weeks behind average and counting. 6″ Barrow, 7″ Nome, 21″ Bettles and 46″ at Valdez. Here’s more from the Anchorage Daily News. Temperature departures from average in April: Barrow 1.1 deg. below average (average temperature was +0.6F for the month), Nome (west coast) 4.2 deg. colder than average, Anchorage (south coast) 7.2 deg. colder than average and Juneau (Panhandle) 4.8 deg. colder than average. Last year was the coldest year in three decades for much of Alaska. Alaska has extended for a second time the deadline to remove studded winter snow tires to May 15. Now a month beyond the normal April 15th date.