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.
As of the end of June there had been no named storms in the Eastern Pacific basin.
This is some serious and dangerous heat. Outdoor activity is just not at all recommended during the daytime.
A strong ridge of high pressure in the West brings the highest heat of the season so far to a large area.
Combine the cold with the wind and some precipitation and there is a real danger of hypothermia.
Any shower and thunderstorm can contain heavy downpours, heavy enough to cause temporary, low-lying ponding.
According to all long-range models, the warmest area in North America compared to average will be over the Northwest.