Alaska isn't warmer today than normal.
Throughout most of the 20th century Alaska was QUITE cold:
the brutal cold reduced some in 1976.
Since then the state has warmed little,
except Barrow and a few other locations.
deliberately disingenuous words? You're from Alaska.
There's no way you COULDN'T have known that this is CLASSICAL Alaskan climate,
and why it exists.
The CENTER for ALASKA CLIMATE RESEARCH:
"The period 1949 to 1975 was substantially colder than the period from 1977 to 2014,
however since 1977 little additional warming has occurred in Alaska with the exception of Barrow and a few other locations."
You know what the Climate Research Center says about Alaska, or should.
The discovery and verification back for hundreds of years,
of the P.D.O.
the Pacific Decadal Oscillation -
is one of the most famous Earth sciences discoveries verified through multiple scientific disciplines, in the late 20th century.
..."The stepwise shift appearing in the temperature data in 1976
corresponds to a phase shift of the Pacific Decadal Oscillation
from a negative phase to a positive phase.
Synoptic conditions with the positive phase
tend to consist of increased southerly flow
and warm air advection into Alaska during the winter,
resulting in positive temperature anomalies."
Oh, that's right, Alaska is bathed in persistently warm winds, creating temperatures WARMER than the mean for the region.
Parts of North America come out of the normal deep freeze conditions for decades;
clocking back through time using multiple disciplines,
researchers have discovered that sometimes, entire generations have grown up and been approaching middle age,
having never seen colder-weather conditions which would predominate if not for the flow of the Pacific Decadal Oscillation.
The Pacific Decadal Oscillation was discovered by a man doing research for the Salmon industry.
It's tracks are seen all over the world through classically processed physics
like precipitation and temperature regimes in micro-climates globally,
and through the ebb and flow of life in accordance with it's environmental influence.
Originally Posted by Phaeton
Those pictures are worth a thousand deliberately disingenuous words.
Per the world temperature change map, I live in the light red area of Alaska, I remember back to the 1950's with fair clarity.
The 1940's were cold (per parents and grand parents), the 1950's were cold (per me), as were the the first years of the 1960's.
Late 1960's warmer winters began happening more often, cold spells became shorter.
The 1970's began an accelerated warming, cold winters were fewer with shorter duration of the high pressure ridges that cause inversions, resulting in fewer -60 and colder temperatures.
1989 saw a winter colder than the previous ten years, three weeks of -40. Nothing like the six weeks of -50 seen in the 1950's, but damn cold.
Jump to 2016. After an entire winter of above zero I removed my furnace and heated the house with the lights in the garden.
Not a problem, probably could have removed the furnace in 2013 but I worried about weather, cold winters still can happen, not as cold and not as often, but natural variability says they will happen.
The climate in Alaska has warmed and is continuing to warm faster every year.
Rumor has it this is a part of a worldwide result of climate changing the local weather patterns. I am not everywhere but that is true in Alaska.
The Pacific Decadal Oscillation influences micro-climates across what's pretty much the ENTIRE North American continent.
And an entire global regime of micro-climates
operating in lock step.
Furnaces aren't going to go out of style forever.
The Oscillation is named that, because it's only part of the time.
You've lived during a period where there have been repeated PDO influences on Alaska and North America in general.
Obviously it's going to continue to preserve Alaska's climate for a very very long time to come; but if it weren't for the P.D.O. it would be a whole other story.