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.


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Weather is the state of the atmosphere, describing for example the degree to which it is hot or cold, wet or dry, calm or stormy, clear or cloudy. On Earth, (wikipedia)

Arctic policy of the United States

The Arctic policy of the United States is the foreign policy of the United States in regard to the Arctic region. In addition, (wikipedia)