Alaska sees record average high temperature at end of 2019. The turmoil is a part of a fast warming pattern wherein Alaska at the main edge of environmental change because of its closeness to the Arctic is warming at double the pace of the planet in general, analysts state.
A climatologist from University of Alaska at Fairbanks’ International Arctic Research Center, Brian Brettschneider said, “Even with the current cold snap, I don’t see any way that 2019 is not the warmest year on record.”
2016 was the hottest year on record for Alaska, when yearly temperatures arrived at the midpoint of 32.5 degrees Fahrenheit, or a little more than 0 Celsius. That was the first run through the benchmark crawled above freezing, as per the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
For 2019, the state-wide normal through November remained at 34.5 degrees, a year-to-date high that tops almost an era of record-keeping. The spring melt on significant waterways came sooner than at any other time and the highest layer of permafrost over the Seward Peninsula was defrosted the whole year.
In the Bering Sea, where fish populaces were separated and bodies of seabirds and seals littered shorelines, the impacts of warming are outstandingly intense, Thoman said. The remarkable states of 2019 offer a review of Alaska’s future.