DIVE PRACTICUM – Dive student Karson Winslow hands a discarded garden hose to SCUBA instructor Haleigh Damron, standing on the dock, at Crescent Harbor this afternoon. The University of Alaska Southeast Sitka Campus Dive Team is clearing trash from the harbor floor under floats 5, 6 and 7 as part of their instruction. Fourteen student divers are taking part this year. This is the fifth year the dive team has volunteered to clean up Sitka harbors. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

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By GARLAND KENNEDY

Sentinel Staff Writer

The all-time heat record for May in Sitka fell Thursday as the mercury rose to 82 degrees at the National Weather Service station at the airport. The previous high for the month was a reading of 79 degrees on May 29, 1964.

A typical May day in Sitka peaks in the mid-50s, NWS meteorologist Grant Smith told the Sentinel today.

“Your normal is 54, so you’re pushing almost 30 degrees warmer than normal,” he said from his Juneau office.

A high pressure ridge that built over Canada set off this week’s clear, hot weather, with highs reaching into the 60s before Thursday’s 82. Today, Southeast returned to more typical weather.

“It’s just a high pressure (front) that builds somewhere near us, and then that high pressure can cause outflow winds or drier air to move in,” said Smith. “And then your first couple of days will get a little warmer, but if that pattern doesn’t move… One day it’s warmer, and then the next day it’s even warmer… That just builds up until a weather pattern change.”

That change arrived in the form of cloud cover and light rain today, though more sunshine is forecast next week.

“Looking ahead to next week we might see a little break in the weather again,” Smith said. ”It’s not going to be quite as long lived but we are kind of eyeballing some potential for some sunshine and drier weather midweek before the cloudy, rainy weather comes in.”

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April 2004

Photo caption: Sitka High students in the guitar music class gather in the hall before the school’s spring concert. The concert was dedicated to music instructor Brad Howey, who taught more than 1,000 Sitka High students from 1993 to 2004. From left are Kristina Bidwell, Rachel Ulrich, Mitch Rusk, Nicholas Mitchell, Eris Weis and Joey Metz.

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