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All-time record heat grips Alaska

by KGW Meteorologist Rod Hill

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Posted on June 19, 2013 at 9:26 AM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 30 at 4:51 AM

Remember the amazing, dry weather we had back in April and into the first two weeks of May?  A large ridge of high pressure over the eastern Pacific delivered what for some was record dry conditions.  Fast forward to June and the high pressure area has pushed north across Alaska, allowing a series of cut-off low centers to bring cooler, showery weather to the Northwest.

The high pressure center over Alaska is responsible for several all-time record highs over the state this month.  Here are the new records:

Talkeetna (75 miles north of Anchorage) 96 degrees, breaks the old record of 91.

McGrath reaches 94 degrees, the old record was 90 degrees.

Cordova sets near record of 90 degrees.

Valdez warms to 90 degrees, breaking old record of 87 set back in 1953.

Seward sets new record of 88 degrees.

Again, the above temperatures are the hottest on record for any time of the year since records began.

The above record heat is in contrast to what has been a cooler and wetter than normal spring, March - May, for the lower 48 states.  The above graphic from NOAA, illustrates a few spring headlines.

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