Alaska Heat Wave Shatters Records Bringing Warmest Temperature Ever to Deadhorse
A massive heat wave struck Alaska this week, with the town of Deadhorse witnessing a high of 85 F. This has been the warmest ever in Deadhorse, where average temperatures tend to be 57 F at this time of the year. The temperatures were in the 80s across the region.
The new all-time record of 84°F at Deadhorse is also an AK record for any station within 50 miles of Arctic Ocean. pic.twitter.com/5i7AeK2H0B
— Brian Brettschneider (@Climatologist49) July 14, 2016
The highest ever temperature record in Alaska was in 1915 when it reached 100 F in Fort Yukon on June 27. This year Alaska has witnessed a freakishly warm first six months with the state’s temperature averaging 30.4 F, 9 F higher than normal. As a result, the state’s fire season had an early start this year and more wildfires are feared due to the heat wave.
For a deeper dive: USA Today, Alaska Dispatch News, ThinkProgress, Mashable
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