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TOP: PAUL CLAUS; BOTTOM: ORIGINAL BY RICK THOMAN, RE-CREATED WITH PERMISSION

UPPER BARNARD GLACIER, WRANGELL MOUNTAINS

In South Central Alaska, there are
widespread fire scars near Willow from
the Sockeye Fire of 2015 as well as the
McKinley Fire of 2019. The spruce beetle outbreak has turned the forest from
healthy green to a dead, rusty brown and
continues to challenge utility companies
and landowners in clearing dead trees.
On July 4, 2019, Anchorage saw the
thermometer reach 90 degrees Fahrenheit
for the first time in recorded history.
Shortly after this record, the Chulitna,
Talkeetna, and Susitna rivers were near
flood stage caused by runoff from melting glaciers. Then came the wildfires. The
McKinley Fire attracted national attention.
Many flightseeing companies had to cancel flights because of the smoke-filled air.
General aviation pilots can play a role in
witnessing changes to the environment and
providing valuable data to climate scientists. One method of gathering information
on weather in Alaska has been FAA webcams that are designed to give pilots visual
weather information to help inform their
"go/no-go" decision. About half of these
cameras are colocated with weather stations
that supply temperatures, dew point, wind,
and altimeter settings included in METARs.
Also, the information gathered at airports in
Alaska and worldwide has provided valuable data used by weather forecasters to see
trends and make comparisons.

NOTABLE EVENTS IN AND AROUND ALASKA 2014-2019
FIVE WARMEST WINTERS

Utqiagvik 2014-2019

FLOODING

Dalton Highway
April-May 2015

WARMEST MONTH

Statewide July 2019

WILDFIRE

Four million acres
burned in five weeks
June--July 2015
COASTAL FLOODING

Little Diomede 2018

EARLIEST
BREAK-UP

Tanana River 2019
RECORD HEAT

Northway 92°F
June 2019

RECORD LOW
SEA ICE EXTENT

Bering Sea Spring
2018-2019

LONGEST GROWING
SEASON

155 days Bethel 2018

RECORD HEAT

Anchorage 90°F
July 2019
WARMEST MONTH

Yakutat July 2019
WARMEST YEAR

Kodiak 2016

WARMEST YEAR

St. Paul 2016

"BLOB" MARINE
HEATWAVE

Gulf of Alaska
July 2014-2016

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