The unusual winter warm spell in Alaska is made all the more bizarre given the fact that the state gets little sunlight during this time of the year. The sun is only above the horizon for approximately six hours a day in Kodiak with the sunrise being around 10 am and sunset after 4 pm.
Moreover, this time of the year is usually associated with an abundance of snow, not soaring high temperatures.
Rick Thoman, a climate specialist with the Alaska Center for Climate Assessment and Policy in Fairbanks, commented on the striking event on Twitter.
“In late December,” he added. “I would not have thought such a thing possible.”
The temperature at the Kodiak Harbor NOAA tide gauge briefly reached into the 60s again on Monday afternoon and as… https://t.co/a5kreSn9sP
“Seattle WA is in a record breaking cold snap - just 17 degrees F last night!” Twitter user @starlilyth wrote.
@MatthewCappucci @fox5dc @MyRadarWX Seattle WA is in a record breaking cold snap - just 17 degrees F last night!
— Betrayed by Boomer hippies (Lily Star) (@Betrayed by Boomer hippies (Lily Star))
Another tweeted, “Record high temp. in Kodiak doesn't speak to the effect warming ocean temps are having on fish stocks (declining and shifting north) or ocean acidification caused lower shellfish populations. It's not just fires, hurricanes, atmospheric rivers, tornados & rising sea levels etc.”
@MatthewCappucci @Bing_Chris @fox5dc @MyRadarWX Record high temp. in Kodiak doesn't speak to the effect warming oce… https://t.co/PhQVuFlLOS
— Just An Ordinary Guy (@Just An Ordinary Guy)
“The cut off for correcting climate change was 20 years ago, not 20 years from now. 20 degrees is mid-level change. The root cause is already firmly entrenched. Stopping it is NO LONGER AN OPTION. Now we can only hope to survive it,” one person wrote.
@MatthewCappucci @GretaThunberg @fox5dc @MyRadarWX The cut off for correcting climate change was 20 years ago, not… https://t.co/644ZVobM8B