Skagway gets slammed

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By the time we get to June, we expect the weather to settle down a bit…even here in Alaska. But weather would be boring if it were not for a few surprises now and then. Skagway was sucker-punched this day with a sharp front featuring wind gusts up to 52 mph (22 m/s) and a […]

Diurnal temperature patterns in spring

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With the rapidly lengthening daylight during the Alaskan spring comes much welcomed warmer weather. Also increasing is the daily temperature range, the spread between the afternoon high and the early hours low. This diurnal effect is easy to spot in spring and fall when there are enough hours of both daytime heating by the sun […]

Why, why, why is it so warm?

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After a fairly seasonable winter through the end of 2009 in Southeast Alaska, 2010 soon broke into what many old-timers call a “January thaw” that seems to want to be known as a “January-February thaw.” Ketchikan has been warm and wet, double the precipitation but ZERO snowfall in January. Juneau has had about 50 inches […]

Why is it so warm? (why #2)

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Let’s look at the next level — Why does Southeast Alaska get these warm spells and what’s causing this one? The answer to this question is pretty straightforward, but still interesting. Low pressure systems that track north or northeastward off the coast of the panhandle enhance the warming influence of the Pacific Ocean by pumping […]

Taku Wind

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The Taku Blows I’m in Juneau for the Alaska Math and Science Conference and enjoying the sun and the beautiful blue sky. Blue sky does not necessarily equate to “fair” weather here. The Taku winds were blowing yesterday (10/13) and probably still are, though weakening. The photo above looks east across the Channel at Downtown. […]