Alaska Skips Mid-Winter to Experience Late Spring Conditions in March


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By Alex Wierbinski - Posted on 08 April 2019

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Extreme Land Surface Temp Anomalies, March, 2019
Widespread Extreme Heat
Extreme Land Surface Temp Anomalies, March, 2019, NASA Earth Observatory images by Lauren Dauphin.
Darker red colors depict areas that were hotter than March's average temps between 2000-2012; blues were colder than average. Note the widspread deep darkness.
NASA Earth Observatory images by Lauren Dauphin. Big.

 

Alaska Skips Mid-Winter to Experience Late Spring Conditions in March

Alaska Hit With a Hot March,
NASA Earth Observatory, April 9, 2019.

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Weird Weather Across Alaska

Records Across Alaska
“The average temperature for March 2019 set records at 10 of 19 ground-based weather stations in Alaska."

Northernmost Alaska
Widespread Heat Records
Utqiaġvik (Barrow)—the northernmost town in the United States—saw its hottest March in more than 100 years. The town’s average high temperature in March is usually -12.6 degrees Fahrenheit (-24.7° Celsius). But in March 2019, the temperature averaged 5.9° Fahrenheit. Delta Junction, Fairbanks, and many towns broke temperature records. (You can see a list here.)”

Tropical Heat & Moisture Pouring into Arctic…
“The “warm” month in Utqiaġvik did not mean it was a dry month. In March 2019, the town received more than four times the normal amount of rain and twice the amount of snow.”

Except Anchorage
“March 2019 is only the second time on record that there was no measurable snowfall in Anchorage during the month.”

Record Lows for Winter Ice
Bearing Sea
“Warm air temperatures, stormy weather, and warm sea surface temperatures have taken a toll on sea ice in the Bering Sea west of Alaska, bringing its extent even lower than in 2018."

Sea Ice Weakness
"Typically, sea ice here reaches a maximum extent in March or early April."

Record Low Maximum
"...by April 1, 2019, the sea was already largely free of ice. This melting in the Bering Sea put a large dent in the overall Arctic sea ice extent, which on April 1 hit a record low for the date.”

 

On the Ground & Sky In Alaska
More Aberrant Weather in Alaska

The Wettest Part of Alaska Is Experiencing Extreme Drought. Is Climate Change to Blame?
Pacific Standard, May 31, 2019.

 

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