Get out the shorts and the sun tan lotion, the U.S.National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association has joined Environment and Climate Change Canada in predicting global warming is about to revisit the most of the 49th state.
A possibly bad sign for those who fret over climate change, a possibly good sign for those who think the north still has enough a cold and dark.
“The temperature outlook for July through September 2018 shows that the majority of Alaska and northwest Canada have a 40 to 95 percent chance of above average temperature,” the climate prediction says.
The two federal agencies add that odds of warmth go up along the Pacific Rim edge of the continent and out into the Bering Sea region. Their mapping puts the Anchorage metropolitan area and the Kenai Peninsula smack in the middle of the zone with an 80 percent chance of balmy weather.
That’s the good news.
The bad news?
“The precipitation outlook for July through September 2018 shows that most of Alaska, the Yukon, and the northwest part of the Northwest Territories have a 40 to 60 percent chance of above normal precipitation,” the report says.
And rain has a way of washing away perceptions of nice weather.
Remember that cold spring that visited Alaska’s urban core earlier? It really wasn’t.
Temperatures for Anchorage and Fairbanks, the state’s two biggest cities, were near normal to slightly above normal. The difference was that they were wet.
The snow and rain apparently washed away thoughts of nice weather.