May in Alaska

May 1st, 2013 at 9:20 pm by under Bill's Blog, Weather

valdez   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 AlaskaAlaska 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.

20 Responses to “May in Alaska”

  1. DF (SE Mich) says:

    Poor Alaska :)

    Detroit had to have some rounding to make an official 80 today.

  2. Daniel (Denver, CO) says:

    That’s one of the reasons why so much cold is dumping into the US this late in the season. Coupled with a blocking pattern that does not want to break down and you get these historical snowstorms and cold. Maybe snow in July will be the new normal in the next decade or 2.

  3. GunLakeDeb says:

    I’ve noticed that many of the migratory waterfowl we normally see for a week or so in the first part of April – are still hanging around?! Their summer home lakes in the far north are still frozen over??

    1. GunLakeDeb says:

      For those who know birds: I still have a pair of Red Breasted Mergansers on Gun Lake. Their summer home is Canada/Alaska – makes me wonder how they’ll ever build nests, breed and rear their chicks in time to migrate next fall?

  4. big Daddy BC says:

    BIG SHOCKER, Anthony Watts ran the exact same story today! You all know him, the guy with no education that runs a climate denier blog. LOL Bill, you’re a corporate parrot.

    What’s so damn funny is that you continually pick the coldest spot you can find and yell, THE CLIMATE CAN’T BE CHANGING IF IT’S COLD SOMEWHERE! Hilarious. Get some new material.

    1. Bill Steffen says:

      First, prove that YOU’VE had an education. LOL! The globe is COLD, North America is COLD, Europe has been COLD, Russia has been COLD, Alaska has been COLD. And you tell me that they might…MIGHT set a record high temperature in Vancouver?? Not much substance there. The Earth was 0.038 deg. C colder than average in April.

      I quote actual scientists:

      Dr. Lennart Bengtsson, formerly of UN IPCC: ‘We Are Creating Great Anxiety Without It Being Justified…there are no indications that the warming is so severe that we need to panic…The warming we have had the last a 100 years is so small that if we didn’t have had meteorologists and climatologists to measure it we wouldn’t have noticed it at all.’

    2. big Daddy BC says:

      LOL I’m not posting as an expert, but you are, and we know you have nothing but a bachelors degree from the ’60s. You’ve published nothing. You have no graduate degrees. You aren’t even a physical met, you’re a broadcast met. You report what other people predict. Hilarious. Keep on posting how cold it is above the arctic circle as evidence the climate isn’t getting warmer and we’ll all just watch and chuckle. Nice links, btw. No Trick Zone? LOL How about another reposting of what your uneducated blogmaster buddy Anthony Watts has on his site. WOOD should be paying him for the rhetoric.

      Here’s a little reminder of what happened last year.

      Here’s a little reminder of what summer looked like in the southern hemisphere.
      “Australia’s record-breaking hottest summer
      January was the hottest month since records began in 1910 – it’s getting hotter, and extreme heat is happening more often”

      Oh, yeah, but it’s cold on the north slope, right? LOL

      1. Bill Steffen says:

        I not only have a degree that you don’t, but I post facts and data. The top 3 warmest summers for G.R. are 1921, 1955 and 1949 (none of them recent). The heat (24 states STILL – 75 YEARS LATER – have their record all-time maximum temperatures from the 1930s) and the drought ( were worse in the 1930s. The drought was NOT caused by “climate change” (“There is no evidence that climate change contributed to the lack of rainfall, because rainfall has risen…” John Nielsen-Gammon, State Climatologist of Texas).

        NASA IR Satellite global temperature for April: -0.038 deg. C

        And for N. America for the first 3 days of May: -2.337 deg. C

        Most of the continent is chillin’.

      2. Robert (Plainwell) says:

        Oh I know what old and tired excuse you will write bDBC, but nothing of what you just posted happens without adjustments upward.

        Why do they need to do adjustments if the data actually proves their point. It doesn’t so they have to quietly and hopefully without anyone noticing their adjustments.

      3. Robert (Plainwell) says:

        Why doesn’t the government fix the station siting problem if they are so confident the warming they are showing would also happen at properly sited stations?

      4. Robert (Plainwell) says:

        What about that rising water vapor you keep talking about bDBC?

      5. Robert (Plainwell) says:

        Hey bDBC if the math isn’t to complicated for you you should look at this.

      6. Robert (Plainwell) says:

        Uh oh bDBC there is a disturbance in the force that you speak so highly of.

      7. big Daddy BC says:

        How much do you pay Robert/Paul/Dan (Same Exact Person) to bury these threads with useless garbage the public won’t wade through? Hilarious. You’re not very good at this.

        1. Robert (Plainwell) says:

          Your the one with the useless garbage that the public won’t wade through. The problem with songbirds is man made noise effecting them.

        2. Bill Steffen says:

          The first line of the article that bigDaddy linked to is: “As the United States experiences a snow shortage…” That’s it…you don’t have to read anymore. Snow shortage? Snow is down some in Arizona…that’s due to the Cold PDO and La Nina, not CO2.

  5. Robert (Plainwell) says:

    Obviously if it doesn’t fit the message lets not report it. How can you defend this bDBC?

    1. big Daddy BC says:

      Anthony Watts is an uneducated blog master that works for the fossil fuel block to confuse the public on the issue of global warming and climate change. Bill continually reposts Watts’ crap as his own and people like you take it as fact. It’s not. If it were, reputable sources would use it. Everyone loves a good story, but fairy tales belong in the fiction section of the local bookstore.

      1. Robert (Plainwell) says:

        Please prove your allegations about Anthony Watts. All you do is use uneducated when someone doesn’t agree with your view point. Anthony does not get one cent from the fossil fuel block.

        1. Bill Steffen says:

          Yeah, the bigDaddy has not presented one sentence about his credibility on climate issues. Nothing. He likes to link to Media Matters and the blog of some cartoonist in Australia.

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