Earlier this week, meteorologists and climate researchers warned that extreme heat and rainfall are the new normal in the largest state in the country and other Arctic and Sub-Arctic zones.
The city of Kodiak in southern Alaska was seven degrees warmer than the day’s high in San Diego Sunday, breaking the December record for Alaska by nine degrees, the National Weather Service said.
The city even broke local records in December exceeding 20 degrees.
“I would never have believed this could have happened,” Rick Thoman, a climate expert at the Alaska Center for Climate Assessment and Policy, tweeted Tuesday.
Meteorologist Brandon Miller says:’We became somewhat deaf-ear at this’ unprecedented ‘temperature and weather extremes as climate change continues to drive what is likely to happen at a global scale.’
Warmer air means humid air, because higher temperatures mean that the atmosphere can store more water vapor.
Wildfires that speed up global warming, by releasing huge amounts of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, are also on the rise in Alaska as temperatures rise.
🚨The Kodiak Tide Gauge station recorded an amazing 67°F yesterday. This is a new statewide temperature record for December. The Kodiak Airport recorded 65°F. This broke their monthly record by 9°F! The weather balloon launched at the same time confirms these amazing readings. pic.twitter.com/IuTPCGOrFU
— NWS Alaska Region (@NWSAlaska) December 27, 2021
In addition to setting a statewide record, #Kodiak obliterated the daily record by TWENTY degrees, It is the warmest temperature on record for anytime between October 5th and April 21st…meaning this would've set monthly records in Nov, Jan, Feb, and Mar as well.#AKwx pic.twitter.com/N5mU3S4lst
— NWS Anchorage (@NWSAnchorage) December 27, 2021