Alaska Update – Douglas A. Yates
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In Alaska, matters have been quite warm but not record-breaking this winter, says Rick Thoman, climate science and services manager for the National Weather Service in the state.
“It’s been another warm winter in Alaska,” Thoman says. “No other way to put it. This is the third in a row that’s been significantly warmer than normal.” Alaska’s winter so far (taking into account the months of November, December and January) has been the third warmest on record since 1925, he says.
Here’s a series of 13 images capturing a static view yesterday afternoon in the vicinity of Anchorage, Alaska. An image was made every 10 minutes. Atmospheric physics indicates that clouds restrict nighttime heat loss from the surface. Data shows nighttime warming is a significant contributor to higher temp averages. As illustrated here, just as the sun sets, an artificial cloud bank is created at the approx. 36,000 ft level. Repeated in continuous cycles over 20 years, it is little wonder things are out of kilter? The blanket of particulates seen here can be viewed from remote cameras in most parts of the world. Alaska is not unique; it is a test victim. Views from Knik-West were particularly gruesome. Similar chemical spray operations are underway daily across Alaska’s skies. One presumes the Stockholm Syndrome is at work. Otherwise, the rats would be erecting barriers or blowing holes in airport runways. Thanks again to the FAA, whose flight conditions cameras offer snuff-film highs a step or two above those in Hunter Thompson’s archive. Read more: http://www.adn.com/article/20160218/absurdly-warm-arctic-drives-earths-january-temperature-highest-recorded
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