Record Heat Baking Alaska

When one thinks of Alaska, one thinks of bone-chilling winters, permafrost, and glaciers. But in recent days, record summer heat has been baking much of the state. During the 12-day period of June 27th to July 8th, Anchorage, AK recorded an average temperature of 80.8F, which beat the previous warmest such period by over 5F. This included a rare 90F high temperature in Anchorage last Thursday. Meanwhile, the town of Talkeetna reached a blistering 93F on Sunday.

Source: The Washington Post

Source: The Washington Post

Although the heat over the state of Alaska is expected to ease in the coming days and weeks, temperatures are expected to remain above normal for the foreseeable future.

Summer Snow Blankets Parts of Rocky Mountains

The calendar may read summer, but Old Man Winter is still hanging on in parts of the Rocky Mountains. Snow fell in many areas over the weekend, even along Interstate 80 near Laramie, Wyoming. Up to 1.5 inches of snow was reported near the town of Buford, WY, located in Laramie County, by Sunday morning. In the highest elevations, snow caused numerous road closures, including through Montana’s Glacier National Park, Beartooth Highway through Red Lodge, Montana, and Trail Ridge Road through Colorado’s Rocky Mountain National Park.

Source: Oil City News

Source: Oil City News

Going forward, no more snow is in the forecast, and in fact, temperatures are expected to rise above average over the next several days.

Early-Season Heat Wave Grips Much of Western U.S.

Though astronomical summer does not begin until June 21st, much of the western United States is being subjected to record-breaking heat this week. As usual, Death Valley, California is continuing to be the hottest spot, with high temperatures expected to reach 120 degrees Fahrenheit on Wednesday. Palm Springs isn’t expected to be much cooler, with high temperatures near 114 degrees are expected.

But even normally-cooler spots have not been immune to the searing heat. San Francisco International Airport reached 100 degrees Sunday, making it the first time the airport has ever reached 100 degrees in the month of June. Monday was also only the 7th time the airport has ever reached 100 degrees.

Source: USA Today

Source: USA Today

Floodwaters Continue to Ravage Mississippi River Valley

The month of May featured a large amount of severe weather in the central United States. Tornadoes grabbed most of the headlines, as several that hit the region turned deadly.

However, another devastating impact of the severe weather that is still ongoing is the near-record flooding over much of the region. The flooding is especially severe along the Mississippi River near St. Louis, Missouri, where floodwaters have reached levels not seen since the record floods of 1993. A levee near the small town of Winfield, Missouri broke on Sunday, forcing evacuations in the area. It was one of 28 levee breaches in the State of Missouri. Even the city of St. Louis has been impacted by the flooding, as a pump station was overwhelmed and left several crowded hotels without hot water.

Source: KY3

Source: KY3

Unfortunately for the waterlogged region, more heavy rain is in the forecast this week as multiple low pressure systems track near the area. The active pattern is expected to continue through at least mid-June, which will only exacerbate flooding problems in the area.