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Low snowpack challenges Alaska's Iditarod race

Low snowpack challenges Alaska's Iditarod race

by KGW Meteorologist Rod Hill

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Posted on April 15, 2014 at 10:49 PM

 

Last winter's warm, Alaska temperatures have left low snowpack conditions for this spring's Iditarod sled dog race.  Temperatures last season were the 8th warmest on record for the state, averaging more than 6 degrees Fahrenheit above the 1971-2000 average.  While Alaska saw above normal winter precipitation on average, February was drier than normal, including the town of McGrath, a large checkpoint along the Iditarod sled dog race.  Sparse snow cover at several points has left trails exposed with tree stumps, roots and other dangerous obstacles. 

To read more about the Iditarod and Alaska's warming, click:  www.climate.gov/news-features/featured-images/snow-largely-no-show-iditarod-trail-sled-dog-race

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