Our thermometers seem to be stuck in negative territory while the 49th state sees the mercury rise. While January temps in the Upper Midwest were well below freezing, parts of Alaska saw temperatures as high as 62°. Yes, 62° in January, by the way, 62° is the Twin Cities average high for April 22nd. Its without a doubt to say that Alaska is breaking records.
RED AREAS DEPICT ABOVE AVERAGE TEMPS (JAN 20 - JAN 31) COURTESY NASA
Alaska has seen warm spells before, with January temperatures above freezing for a few weeks back in 1949 and 1985. Yes, that rare. The 2014 string of above freezing temperature places the state's largest city of Anchorage on track for its 4th warmest January ever. Below is a cool picture of the snow melting in the yard of one Anchorage resident. Keep in mind, this is Alaska in January.
TIMELASPE OF SNOW MELT COURTESY ANCHORAGE DAILY NEWS
Rain fell in Fairbanks, where the average high for mid- January is 0°. The warm weather and rain also soak the snow pack near Valdez, resulting in a dramatic avalanche near the important oil port city. Tons of melted snow and water closed the road to Valdez.
The cause for this is not that complex. What comes up must come down. Look at this graphic of the Northern Hemisphere, with the jet stream well south of us, and well north of Alaska.
What goes up must come down, so hang in there Alaska, the snow and cold will return.
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