Alaska is experiencing “the warmest temperature on record for any time between October 5th and April 21st” for the northernmost state, and it’s causing bizarre torrential rains.
To cut straight to the chase, it’s best to let the National Weather Service’s Anchorage dept. do the talking.
“In addition to setting a statewide record, #Kodiak obliterated the daily record by TWENTY degrees,” NWS Anchorage began on Twitter Dec. 27. “It is the warmest temperature on record for any time between October 5th and April 21st… Meaning this would’ve set monthly records in Nov, Jan, Feb, and Mar as well.”
The temperature reached? 65 degrees. In Kodiak, Alaska. Right after Christmas.
As their startling graphic shows, the previous record was a staggering 20 degrees cooler: the 45* record of 1982-1984.
Even more concerning is the recording of 67 degrees by Kodiak Tide Gauge on December 26, reports The Hill. At the Kodiak Airport, it was 65* that same day.
With these temperatures, Alaska has broken its December record by 9 degrees. The state also set a daily temperature record.
“65?! That seems a little too high for December. Very concerning,” replies one follower on Twitter. Fellow follower Jeffrey chooses a more dramatic route, adding: “When the Thwaites Glacier sets adrift, we are all toast! Pristine coastlines and neighborhoods will be obliterated. What man has set to destroy, Mother Nature will kindly rebalance the tide.”
And the effects aren’t just found in the awe of Alaskans and fellow Americans. The fallout of such abnormally-warm temps is torrential rain, sheets of nighttime ice, and beyond treacherous travel conditions.
Alaska is Dubbing the Event ‘Icemageddon 2021’ Even Though the State is Abnormally Warm
While the rain causes flooding and wreaks havoc on the stability of normally-solid winter grounds, it is bringing a true “Icemageddon” to Alaskans as well.
As Alaska’s Department of Transportation explains, “Roads across the Interior & Fairbanks are covered in ice. So now what? Ice is extremely difficult to remove once it has bound to the road surface. Even though air temps were warm during #icemageddon2021, roads were at sub-zero temps, which caused ice to bind to the surface.”
Alaska is nowhere near the end of this freak warm streak’s havoc, either. Meteorologists expect temperatures to drop below freezing by this week’s end, which bring even more intense icing. To help residents, Alaska’s Department of Transportation recommends the following.
“What we can do to improve conditions: – Scrape/groove the surface – Place rock chips to increase traction What we can’t do: – Remove all ice-it’s like cement & our plows & graders can’t remove it – Melt it w/ salt or brine-the surface is too cold for those tools to work.”
In the end, “There’s no quick fix for ice-covered roads, so conditions may remain difficult for some time,” the dept. continues. “We’ll keep at it, trying to improve traction, but we’ll likely be driving on ice until temps warm enough to melt it. Watch http://511.alaska.gov for the latest road conditions.”
With the addition of massive earthquakes detected off the coast of Alaska, the state is certainly in for a wild 2022.