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Why Is Alaska Having A Hot Winter?

Further north in the Arctic regions, winter has been blowing really cold and frigid for the most part. Except for a city named Utqiagvik in Alaska which recorded a temperature within the 20s to 30s range last week. It wasn't the only one though. Practically the entire North Slope of Alaska "was having record temperatures of 30 to 50 degrees Fahrenheit" which is unusual for an Arctic climate during winter.

All of this, Thoman says, is related to a series of storms that moved from the North Pacific into the central and western Bering starting in late January. Some of those storms continued north into the Chukchi sea as well, and in doing so “transported very warm air up to the North Slope,” Thoman told Earther. The heat wave backed off this week, with temperatures dropping back into bone-rattlingly cold (aka normal) territory, although the respite from could be short-lived.

Read more on Gizmodo.

(Image credit: Bryan Thomas/Twitter)


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It wasn't that long ago that the army's 10th Mountain Division moved from Alaska to Fort Drum in northern NY where the winters were colder for their training exercises.
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50 degrees heat will kill people.
Australia has had 43 degree heat recently and thousands of horses, camels and cattle died.
Older people expired and schools were closed.
The thought of Alaska having such heat is unbelievable, almost as much as believing the U.S.A. has decided to join the rest of the world (apart from that one small country in Africa) and embrace the metric system.
What is the metric system ?, you ask ?
It is a system of counting, et cetera, that is exactly the same as money, that is, it is based on the number ten, so rather than measure things in units of 12, then threes, and having ridiculous fractions, everything is in tens, then hundreds, then thousands.
So simple that the world, apart from the USA and one sad, backward country in Africa, adopted it whole heartedly years ago.
It's nearly 2020, we are 19 years into the 21st century (look, I'm using METRIC !) and the USA is still measuring stuff in chains, furlongs, inches, leagues, yards, foots and miles.
The internet. Not just seen in the L states of old school.
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One of my friends posted a pic last week of sunny, 50 weather in Sitka, Alaska. Said he was having to be careful about getting sunburnt. And giving those dealing with freezing temps and snow in the Pacific Northwest a bad time. :^}
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