Arctic Cold, but Alaska SizzlesJune 18th, 2013 at 1:06 pm by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
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.