Jun 17, 2015

Baked Alaska: State swelters in unusually hot temperatures

Anchorage, AK
Sitka, AK
USA
by
Rachel D'Oro
,
NewsMiner
Summer day at Jewel Lake Park in western Anchorage, Alaska. Image: Luke Jones, Flickr
Summer day at Jewel Lake Park in western Anchorage, Alaska. Image: Luke Jones, Flickr

The far-north state is sweltering under unusually hot, dry weather that has broken records and intensified conditions fueling two large wildfires in the state. The tinderbox setting got an early start during a warm winter with comparably little snow...A strong, stable region of air is sitting over Alaska, Snider said. "We're out of reach of any storm-making pattern right now, allowing Alaska to kind of sit on slow bake," he said.