This Inside Climate News article discusses the hottest month on record in Alaska – Melting Sea Ice, Wildfires and Unexpected Die-Offs. Arctic sea ice is at a record low for this time of year, and the usual buffer that helps keep Alaska cool is gone.
The temperatures have soared as high as 90 degrees Fahrenheit, seals and other animals are inexplicably dying, and the once-dependable sea ice is long gone from the shores. Welcome to summer in Alaska in the Anthropocene.
Alaska just recorded its warmest July—and warmest month—on record, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announcedWednesday.
At a time when the Lower 48 states were clocking average temperatures 1°F above normal, Alaska’s temperatures were 5.4°F above average and 0.8°F more than the previous warmest month, which was July 2004.