Weather skeptics — An Alaska Tradition

I can think of two obvious reasons there are quite a few global warming disbelievers a way up North in Alaska.

  1. Alaska is a really cold place.   A warm day is something to look forward too.   Anchorage, my home town, rarely gets above 80 degrees F and any day above 70 degrees F is considered a nice summer day.   The snow that falls in November, melts in April.    We know cold.   Warm doesn’t seem like a bad idea.
  2. Anchorage, Alaska is an extraordinarily difficult place to predict weather.  There are mountains all around and water to the West.   Weather prediction is complicated by the fact that there are very few weather stations to the west of the city.    The weather man is wrong more often here than most places.

I just looked up our weather on two well known weather sites, the Weather Channel and AccuWeather and ….guess what…..they disagree.    Both think tomorrow will be rainy, but AccuWeather thinks the high will be 60, while the weather channel likes 65.  Saturday they agree on temperature, but AccuWeather says it will be mostly sunny weather while the Weather Channel shows rain.  Sunday is more of the same.

Frequently both are wrong.

My daughter went to college in upstate NY and was taken aback when city public schools ware closed when an ice storm was predicted or when snowfall was anticipated.  We in Alaska do not live with the presumption that the weather man will be right.

Climate prediction really is nothing more than worldwide long range weather forecasting.   It is easier for us to assume that it could be wrong….because we see it very nearly every day.

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