This early winter has been brutal already for a large part of Alaska, at least with regards to temperatures. Below, to much below, normal temperatures have been persistent since the beginning of November. But since November 24 it has been especially harsh. Here are the departures from normal for a select number of cities.
These number are just so impressive. Just think about it. For instance the normal high in Fairbanks right now is 6 with a normal low of 11 below zero. They are averaging more than 25 degrees below that for 13 days.
But not everyone has been this cold. Barrow and Prudhoe Bay on the North Slope have actually average above normal for the same time period by around 6 degrees.
The good news for the state is that this bitter cold will be easing quite a bit over the next few days and from south to north. Places in southern Alaska will be climbing to above normal by as early as Sunday and in the interior I am looking for more near normal
temperatures by early next week.
The amount of water in the snowpack in the Sierra is far below normal for even this time of year.
Flooding will be a given, most widespread in the northern half of the state.
This storm will endanger life and property both on the seas and over land in a large area.
A huge storm is expected it impact much of the Bering Sea beginning Friday night
This will be the first significant statewide rain and snow event of the season.