Friday July 5th… Dear Diary. The main purpose of this ongoing blog 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).😉
Taste Of The Future… A Smokey, Hot Alaska
No Brian Brettschneider, I did not put “baked” in the title for this post. Brian Brettschneider, who is one of Alaska’s premiere climatologist with a great sense of humor, knew that many articles would be referring to this latest episode of heat jokingly in reference to a famous desert, “baked Alaskan.” Well, I did have to tweet out the existence of this write up with a picture of baked Alaska for a little fun.
In all seriousness, today over Alaska the upper level heat dome sitting over that state will be at its zenith, probably indicating that Alaska’s heat wave will peak, but we will see:
Instead of listing “ETs” from Alaska at the end of this post, which is how I roll, I will list them here today:
Here is a great NWS graphic from the 4th:
Meanwhile, near the Alaskan border:
Alaska and it’s surrounding waters have become a big canary in the coal mine for the climate crisis, and we see lots of chirping, whether it be from changes noticed by Native Americans, or scientists:
Is there any short term hope for relief in Alaska? Well, our heat dome will ever so slowly diminish into early next week, but unlike in Europe, well above average temperatures will continue for some time to come.
Let’s not forget that residents of Anchorage and many other locations are suffering from smoke due to numerous fires in association with the record heat:
As I keep writing, what occurs in the Arctic won’t stay in the Arctic, so despite the lower 48 states having a relatively “mild” summer, expect some warm anomalies there soon. We will report just how hot as we go through the rest of this summer.
Here is more climate and weather news from Friday:
(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 each article.)
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Guy Walton- “The Climate Guy”