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Old 01-07-2014, 01:57 AM
 
Location: Bethel, Alaska
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We're having a heat wave in Southwest Alaska.

Temperature: 38F
Humidity: 68%
Pressure: 29.23in ( Falling)
Conditions: Overcast
Direction: East
Wind Speed: 16mph
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Old 01-07-2014, 02:07 AM
 
Location: Valdez, Alaska
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Yeah, it's slushtastic.
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Old 01-07-2014, 04:55 AM
 
Location: Wasilla, Alaska
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Yeah, I don't understand why everyone is freaking out down here. I mean, its supposed to get to 20 something below with a few days that have highs below zero. That's just a small cold snap to most of Alaska and Canada! It's not like we never deal with extreme cold in Minnesota. I can understand keeping the kids home, but corporations closing for the day?? We've become a bunch of wimps here in Minnesota
Its funny to hear my friends and family down south to freak out because its supposed to get to 0F.
At least its supposed to only last a few days. It seems like all the cold air that would usually be in Alaska is being pushed down into the lower 48.
I use to live in St. Paul when I attended the University of Minnesota. As I recall, -20F for a few days was the norm for St. Paul in January.
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Old 01-07-2014, 05:12 AM
 
Location: Wasilla, Alaska
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My wife lived in Minnesota when she was vey young. She told me that back then temperatures that were a lot colder than now were very common. According to the weather forecast for that region, it has been much warmer for the past 20 years. Now it is cold like it used to happen over 20 or 30 years ago.
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You guys in Alaska are having a warm winter this year, hoping the jet stream will plunge down south for us in Miami and we get a real cool down come tuesday.

Jersery girl here and I remember very cold winters growing up, but for the last 25 or so years it has been warm...until this winter. Reminds me of my childhood and snow days!
There is a very good reason for why we are experiencing similar temperatures to what we experienced 30 years ago. We are moving into another global cooling cycle.

According to NASA's global temperature data since 1880, we have been experiencing 35-year cooling cycles, followed by 30-year warming cycles. Over the 130 year period there was a total overall increase of 0.80C, and a total overall decrease of 0.29C, which leaves a net overall increase of 0.51C.



1880-1915 : 35-year Cooling Cycle
1915-1945 : 30-year Warming Cycle
1945-1980 : 35-year Cooling Cycle
1980-2010 : 30-year Warming Cycle

Therefore, if the trend continues, we are looking at another cooling cycle from 2010-2045. Based upon the above data we can expect a total overall increase of 0.20C, and a total overall decrease of 0.145C, leaving an overall net increase of 0.055C by the year 2045.
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Old 01-07-2014, 10:47 AM
 
Location: NP
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I think if it was -5 or below, the school didn't make us go out side for recess. If it was just zero, they probably made us go outside.
The kids still go out for recess here down to -20F.
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