- Posted January 28, 2014 by
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The Arctic: Polar Vortex Moves
The shifting of the polar vortex has shown an extremely warm winter in the Arctic, while massive snowfall, blizzards and subzero temperatures are elsewhere. The usual January temperatures in Kotzebue, Alaska, are minus 20 to minus 30 d. Fahrenheit with blizzards and snow. However, the winter of January 2014 has shown temperatures in the upper 30s, even touching upon 40 degrees. Even the willows are budding in January, instead of April or May. Even a radio report called it 'June-uary' instead of 'January'.... All of these photos are taken in January 2014 at Kotzebue, Alaska, USA... photos by Jim Evak, Inupiaq...
"On Monday, January 27, Kotzebue, Alaska, set a new January record high temperature at 40ºF. This beat the previous record of 39ºF set in 1945. Reliable records extend back to 1929.
The low temperature on the same day was 34º. This is the highest minimum temperature for January in Kotzebue." (US National Weather Service Alaska)