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MOAR heat.

A giant heat dome over Alaska is set to threaten all-time temperature records

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Upper-level high pressure is maxed out and anchored over southern Alaska Friday evening per model simulations. (

All-time heat records are at risk in Alaska in coming days as a massive and abnormally intense area of high pressure locks in and strengthens over the region.

This heat dome is expected to produce temperatures near and above the highest values ever recorded for multiple days, particularly in southern parts of the state. It’s the latest in a slew of record-shattering heat events in Alaska.

Anchorage is predicted to test or best its highest-temperature ever recorded of 85 degrees (set in 1969) on five straight days between July 4 and 8. It could even flirt with 90 degrees.

The National Weather Service in Anchorage wrote that most of southern Alaska will be “downright hot with many locations in the 80s and even low 90s.”

Anchorage’s nighttime lows may settle only in the mid-60s during this hot stretch, which is close to its average high at this time of year.

“This 7-day forecast contains the warmest 1-day, warmest 2-day, warmest 3-day, warmest 4-day, warmest 5-day, warmest 6-day, and warmest 7-day period on record for Anchorage,” tweeted Alaska climatologistBrian Brettschneider.

This heat wave is the latest in a nonstop barrage of warm weather for the northernmost state. It comes right on the heels of a June that was well above average and filled with wildfires that are persisting and/or growing into July. Spring was disturbingly warm before that, and so was winter.

It also follows a historic heat wave in Europe, which shattered records.

Late-day temperatures compared to normal over the next week in Alaska per the American GFS model. (

Alaska’s temperatures have shifted abruptly higher in the past few years, and it’s a similar story across the Arctic more broadly because of climate change.

[In Alaska, climate change is showing increasing signs of disrupting everyday life]

Sea ice surrounding the state is at record-low levels. The open water and lack of ice has elevated ocean temperatures more than 4.5 degrees (2.5 Celsius) above normal.

The combination of the unusually warm coastal waters, the intense dome of high pressure over land, and near peak energy from the sun (just 10 days removed from the summer solstice) will act to maximize the potential for historically high temperatures.

Forecasts for upper-level high pressure over Alaska are at maximum for climatology later in the week. (Tomer Burg)

Even before the development of this latest heat dome, strong high pressure has frequently sprawled over Alaska in recent weeks, leading to unusually high temperatures.

Alaska climatologist Rick Thoman tweeted that Anchorage, Kotzebue, Talkeetna and Yakutat all posted their warmest June on record, while Nome, King Salmon and McGrath logged their second-warmest June.


Record-breaking temperatures to close June helped the monthly averages soar this high. As one example, it hit 92 in Northway, near the eastern border with Canada on June’s final day.

In southeast Alaska, where moderate to extreme drought has persisted for about a year, Juneau tied its third warmest day on record on June 28. The city also just completed its warmest five-day stretch on record (since 1936), according to Brettschneider.

While this blast of heat will eventually ease next week, the forecast calls for more warmer-than-normal conditions later into July and August.

"It is difficult to write a paradiso when all the superficial indications are that you ought to write an apocalypse." -Ezra Pound

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🌧️ Rain showers help alleviate drought concerns
« Reply #856 on: July 24, 2019, 09:08:46 AM »
Rain at last!

We're getting lots of it.  I left the Sahara, I have returned to the Rainforest.  :icon_sunny:


Rain showers help alleviate drought concerns
Tuesday, July 23rd 2019, 8:37 PM AKDT
By: Aaron Morrison

Since June 1, Anchorage has only recorded 0.13" of rain, which was enough to make this the driest June-July on record. That was until today when much needed rain began to fall across Southcentral. While many areas started off the day on the dry side, a storm tracking in from the east effectively ended the dry summer that we have been seeing. The good news is not only has the rain been falling slowly, but it's a sign of an active weather pattern that is setting up across the state.

Rain showers will continue into the night for a large portion of Southcentral, with the heaviest rain shifting west of the Inlet by morning. Many locations will see anywhere from .25 to .50 inches of rain, which is more rain than we've seen dating back to May. Not only will this rain help alleviate drought concerns across the region, but many burn bans that are still in place likely will be lifted. This comes amidst the slow and steady rain that we continue to see, which allows the ground to fully absorb most of the moisture.

If you're a fan of cooler weather, we'll also see the coolest stretch of weather in some time. Thanks to cloudy skies, an active weather pattern, and rain in the forecast, many days will see afternoon highs only climb into the low to mid 60s. A welcoming sight, from the warm, dry, and smoky conditions we have been seeing.

Enjoy the rain!

-Meteorologist Aaron Morrison
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🏔️ Leaving Alaska: Thousands migrate for a strong Lower 48 economy
« Reply #857 on: August 15, 2019, 03:58:31 PM »
Good Newz!  The less people the better!  More Salmon for ME!

Dimwits going in the WRONG direction!  :icon_sunny:

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Leaving Alaska: Thousands migrate for a strong Lower 48 economy
By Sean Maguire |
Posted: Wed 9:00 PM, Aug 14, 2019

ANCHORAGE (KTUU) According to a study from the Alaska Department of Labor, when the economy is strong in the Lower 48 and unemployment is low, more people leave Alaska in search of opportunity.

“What we found over the last five years was a trend where every year without fail, we’re seeing 16,000 people move from the Lower 48 to Anchorage and about 20,000 people a year moving to the Lower 48,” said Bill Popp, president and CEO of the Anchorage Development Corp. “So that’s a net loss of about 20,000 from Anchorage to the Lower 48 over the past five years.”

The high out-migration for Anchorage is mirrored in figures for the rest of the state. The past five years have seen increasing numbers of Alaska residents leave the state as the national unemployment rate dropped.

“Alaska’s continuous net migration loss makes sense given that the nation’s economic expansion has hit a record length and the U.S. unemployment rate has fallen to a near 50-year low,” read a report written by Neal Fried, a State of Alaska economist.

“A smaller population means a smaller marketplace and less spending in our community,” said Popp, who continued to describe that a declining population hurts local businesses and entrepreneurs.

The AEDC is now looking at improving quality of life indicators such as a strong university district, strong arts sector, accessible parks and trails as a way to attract and retain talent.

Paula Bradison, president of Alaska Executive Search, said the recruitment company had seen a rise in job orders but difficulty hiring in some sectors, particularly for accountants, who are said to be in demand.

“Absolutely,” said Bradison to the question of whether a strong economy in the Lower 48 is pulling people away. Ongoing state budget turmoil is also said to be making some small and midsize businesses nervous.

“What I hear from the employers is uncertainty, even from our strongest legacy businesses, this is the first time in my career that I’ve heard this level of uncertainty,” Bradison said. The consequence is that some businesses are nervous about making a hire and talented people are being snapped up out of state.

In late July, the AEDC released a scathing three-year outlook for Anchorage, warning that budget instability and the governor’s vetoes would worsen the recession and spark higher out-migration.

The report suggested that if some of the vetoes are restored that those population losses would be mitigated.

There is however a bright spot for Anchorage. Barbara Ramsey, an associate broker at ReMax Dynamic Properties, said the property market appeared to be relatively balanced. She described falling oil prices, budget uncertainty and high unemployment as “speed bumps” but said that the property market could weather the storm.

The number of homes being built or on the market is a major difference from 1986 when the economy tanked and people left the state en masse. “We had a lot of inventory on the market, that created a nosedive, created a car crash,” Ramsey said.

“While no single landlord’s vacancy is an indicator of the whole market, and we offer a different product than other landlords, we currently are still seeing a healthy demand for our rentals,” read a prepared statement from the Cook Inlet Housing Authority. “However, we are concerned that current budget decisions could begin to negatively affect demand in the not so distant future for our region and across the state."
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Re: Frostbite Falls Newz Links
« Reply #858 on: August 16, 2019, 03:08:52 AM »
Yeah, anybody who follows the climate change catastrophe that's approaching (and is young) would be moving to Canada, Alaska, Scandinavia or South New Zealand. Only dimwits would move back to the lower 48.
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Re: Frostbite Falls Newz Links
« Reply #859 on: August 16, 2019, 03:31:00 AM »
Yeah, anybody who follows the climate change catastrophe that's approaching (and is young) would be moving to Canada, Alaska, Scandinavia or South New Zealand. Only dimwits would move back to the lower 48.

Don't forget Siberia & Nunavut!

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🐀 State monitoring Wasilla Fred Meyer rodent problem
« Reply #860 on: August 16, 2019, 09:26:22 AM »
The Wasilla Fred Meyer has reopened.  They're still watching for Rats though.


State monitoring Wasilla Fred Meyer rodent problem
Thursday, August 15th 2019, 2:57 PM AKDT
Updated: Thursday, August 15th 2019, 9:12 PM AKDT
By: Heather Hintze

State health inspectors are monitoring a pest problem at the Wasilla Fred Meyer after complaints of rodents throughout the store.

A video posted to social media alerted staff at the Department of Environmental Conservation’s food safety office to the issue.

Program manager Jeremy Ayers said the department has received about a dozen more complaints since then.

He said a supervisor inspector went to the store on Friday, Aug. 9, a day after the Facebook video went up.

In the report the supervisor wrote he found two small outside openings.

“One door sweep appeared to be chewed through creating an entry point (emergency exit near customer pickup as well as automatic doors leading to home and garden outdoor section). Person in charge agreed to seal off these openings as soon as possible,” Nathan Maxwell wrote.

Maxwell noted he observed “numerous rodent droppings throughout the store” and found sticky traps were catching rodents on a regular basis.

Earlier this week a corporate spokesperson for Fred Meyer said the company is implementing “aggressive” cleaning and working with a third-party pest management company.

Ayers said the state is there to make sure the company follows through.

“We’re there to ensure not only that progress is being made but that there potentially isn’t a significant hazard to the public,” Ayers said. “Obviously when you have rodents in a facility that’s bad and they do pose a potential health risk. So we need to make sure the risk to the public is minimized as much as possible.”

One customer said she first noticed signs of rodents in February. But Ayers said no one made a formal complaint to DEC until after the video was seen on social media.

Ayers encourages people to report any food safety or health issues they find right away.

“We only have about 13 full-time inspectors for the state. So we can’t be in the facilities as much as we’d like to. It’s important if the public sees something, if they alert us to it and we know there’s a problem we can get someone in there sooner to correct the issue,” Ayers said.

DEC has a complaint line set up where people can text information along with pictures or videos. People can also ask to keep their complaint anonymous. That number is 907-764-YUCK.

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