COLD WEATHER CASUALTY – Sitka Public Works Department employees dig up a section of broken water line near the corner of Price Street and Sawmill Creek Road this afternoon. Nearby houses continue to have water, but may have reduced pressure. While work is being done, the intersection is closed from the corner to Lillian Drive. Detours for access to the Lance Drive and the Hillside Subdivision neighborhoods are from Smith Street and Jarvis Street. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

Experts: Alaska Had Record High Temps in 2019

    ANCHORAGE (AP) — Alaska experienced its warmest year on record, according to federal climate officials.
    The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in its U.S. Climate report said Alaska had a statewide average temperature of 32.2 degrees (0.11 Celsius). That was 6.2 degrees (4.4 Celsius) above the long-term average.
    It also surpassed the previous record statewide average temperature of 31.9 (-0.06 Celsius), set in 2016, the agency said.
    Four of the last six years in Alaska have been record warm years, NOAA said.
    Ten cities experienced their warmest years ever, including Anchorage, Fairbanks, Utqiagvik, Kotzebue, King Salmon, Bethel, Northway, McGrath, Kodiak and Cold Bay.
    Alaska set the record despite a December that featured temperatures closer to average, NOAA said.
    NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information compiled the annual summary. Among the other highlights was rainfall in other states. The contiguous 48 states experienced the second wettest year on record with 34.78 inches (88.34 centimeters), just 0.18 inches (4.6 millimeters) less than the total for the wettest year set in 1973.   

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