Arctic Cold, but Alaska Sizzles

June 18th, 2013 at 1:06 pm by under Bill's Blog, Weather

Alaska heat   Arctic cold Click on the images to enlarge. Record heat covers much of Alaska, including all-time record high temperatures at Talkeetna (96), Cordova (90), Valdez (89) and Seward (88). Other daily high temperatures: 94 McGrath,86 Fairbanks, 84 Nome, 82 Juneau, 81 Anchorage, 74 Yakutat and 55 Barrow.   Alaska has been in a general cooling trend for the past 10 years.  In contrast to that, the Danish Meteorological Institute reports that north of 80 degrees latitude, this is the coldest start to summer since records began in 1958.  If you like it cold, Vostok Antarctica is the place to be.  On June 9th, the HIGH temperature at Vostok was -101F.  The ice is slowly breaking up on Hudson Bay (a process that can take 6 weeks).  It’s still more than 80% ice covered and remains a source of cool air for the Northern U.S. in June. In summer, you can get some sharp temperature changes when the wind changes up by Hudson Bay.  On May 20, the high temperature at Churchill was 72, the next day the high was 36.  Pic on the left courtesy of the NWS Alaska.

Also, check out the cool lightning pic. from NYC last Sunday night.

11 Responses to “Arctic Cold, but Alaska Sizzles”

  1. I lived in Alaska for 17 yrs. in Haines.And let me tell you it does get hot in the S.E. area of Alaska.But this heatwave is really unusual because the whole state is getting clobbered.We need some of thier heat,eh?.mike

    1. Cort S. says:

      There has been a huge Omega Block in the northern Pacific this weekend. That’s when the jet stream shoots way up to the north around a big, warm high-pressure system then comes back down the other side. It looks like the Greek capital letter omega. The block is losing its classic omega shape, but there is still plenty of warm air which should hang around Alaska for a while and shift east into the Northwest Canadian territories. Over here in our corner of the world, the southern branch of the jet stream is somewhat flat, but there should be a broad ridge of warmth that continues to build next week across the central US as the summer pattern sets in.

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  2. Mark (East Lansing) says:

    Still not warm enough for some people.

    1. fixxxer says:

      Yesterday was good, today well not so much. ;)

      1. Jack says:

        Least, We are saving on A/C Bill …with This Cooler Air. Bright side 2 Everything ! IMHO … Stay Cued… ;-)

        1. Jerry hoag says:

          Jack Brother you are so right!! My electric bill has been so so so low and I love it!! Let’s keep it that way!! But I do know by this weekend we have our 1st chance at 90.

  3. Dan says:

    Awesome day! Love this weather. Keep it coming! Lets go Griffwings! Time to get the Calder Cup!

    1. Jack says:

      YES!!! Go …GRIFFINS!!! And How about MAX S. 10- 0….Can U Say…CY YOUNG??? Stay Cued….. DAN ! ;-)

  4. Dan says:

    Yes! Scherzer is the best in the MLB right now! I know, that pitcher from Boston is also doing well. Scherzer is a lock for the CY Young! The Tigers should let Smyly and Benoit close! forget Valturdy

  5. Dan says:

    Bill. what is causing the metallic flakes that are closing beaches? Interesting huh?

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