It’s Warmer In Alaska?

With all of the cold temperatures and talk of snow here this past week, it is interesting to note that parts of Alaska have actually been warmer than areas in the Lower 48. While we’ve been experiencing an “Arctic blast”, several daily high records have been made across the state of Alaska. Why, you ask? A ridge of high pressure on the west coast has caused an “Omega block” (pattern form resembles the Greek letter Omega), sending more moderate air Alaska’s way and cold air from the Arctic down into the Lower 48.



It’s been a running joke this week among Meteorologists and people alike that Alaska has been running warmer than some places in the contiguous United States, as showcased below: