Extreme Temperature Diary- April 1, 2019/ No Foolin’…More Alaskan And Arctic Red Flags

Monday April 1st… Dear Diary. The main purpose of this ongoing post will be to track United States extreme or record temperatures related to climate change. Any reports I see of ETs will be listed below the main topic of the day. I’ll refer to extreme or record temperatures as ETs (not extraterrestrials).😉

No Foolin’…More Alaskan And Arctic Red Flags

While most of the lower 48 state area has seen fairly typical temperatures during the early spring Alaskan has undergone more alarming warmth, which is part of an overall Arctic warm wave that has persisted for weeks. As we know the Arctic has been warming much faster than other portions of the planet, but this warmth is getting ridiculous. Here is a broad view I’ve been keeping track of:

So, March 2019’s last day ended at +7.5C above average for two meter temperatures in the Arctic area. Here is a polar view from April 1st:

Forecast Image

In the Arctic the only area near or slightly below average is near Greenland. Note the red colors in northern Alaska. At the surface this is what my two Alaskan climatologist friends, Rick Thoman, and Brian Brettschneider, have been reporting:

This Arctic warmth is beginning to have an effect on early season sea ice melt. Here are some notes on that effect:

Here are some recent Alaskan “ETs:”

And most importantly:

It’s far easier for people living in Alaska to tell that the climate there is changing more rapidly than most living in more southern climes:


(As usual, this will be a fluid post in which more information gets added during the day as it crosses my radar, crediting all who have put it on-line. Items will be archived on this site for posterity. In most instances click on the pictures of each tweet to see articles.)

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