6.19.13 … Alaska Heat Wave … Talkeetna even measured 98 degrees …

Alaska heat wave 2013

Taking advantage of an intense heatwave that broke long-standing records yesterday, residents of Anchorage, Alaska headed to the beach at Goose Lake.As The Anchorage Daily News reports, the National Weather Service recorded a high temperature of 81 degrees in the city, beating the previous record set in June of 1926.The AP reports that in other spots, it got in even hotter:”All-time highs were recorded elsewhere, including 96 degrees on Monday 80 miles to the north in the small community of Talkeetna, purported to be the inspiration for the town in the TV series, Northern Exposure and the last stop for climbers heading to Mount McKinley, North Americas tallest mountain. One unofficial reading taken at a lodge near Talkeetna even measured 98 degrees, which would tie the highest undisputed temperature recorded in Alaska.”That record was set in 1969, according to Jeff Masters, meteorology director of the online forecasting service Weather Underground.”This is the hottest heat wave in Alaska since 69, he said. Youre way, way from normal.”NBC News reports that the unusual heat follows an unrelenting winter that hung on until the end of May, when the state gets 18 hours of sunlight a day.

via Its Beach Time … In Alaska, Where Heat Wave Breaks Records : The Two-Way : NPR.

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