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While Southcentral Alaskans are enjoying a return to winter, others are coping with mild weather, and unusually low snow and ice conditions. The Iditarod start has again been relocated to Fairbanks, and rain in the Yukon is making road travel hazardous to impossible. Across the Arctic, sea ice conditions are at record low levels.

Willow, Alaska, United States
Tegan Hanlon / Alaska Dispatch News / February 11, 2017

For the second time in three years, the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race will move its official start from Willow to Fairbanks due to poor trail conditions that race officials determined unsafe.

Read article on Alaska Dispatch News



Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada
Ashley Joannou / Yukon News / February 15, 2017

Record-breaking warm temperatures had some people in Whitehorse basking in the sun. In Haines Junction it was raining so hard the sand was washing off the road.

Read article on Yukon News



Östersund, Jämtland, Sweden
Radio Sweden / February 14, 2017

Sweden is having another winter without much of the white stuff, but local councils are taking the matter in their own hands.

Read article on Radio Sweden



Tornio, Lapland, Finland
Yle Uutiset / February 11, 2017

Ice cover over Finlands sea areas is very low. Experts warn that the ice is now very thin over sea, and with spring slowly arriving, the situation is not likely to improve.

Read article on Yle Uutiset



Homer, Alaska, United States
Shahla Farzan / KBBI / February 15, 2017

Sea star wasting syndrome was first documented in Kachemak Bay in 2014, but it wasn’t until last summer that the mysterious infection began killing sea stars in large numbers.

Read article on KBBI



Anaktuvuk Pass, Alaska, United States
Yereth Rosen / Alaska Dispatch News / January 19, 2017

The 2007 fire was probably the first for that area in 6,500 years, according to scientific evidence examined later, Higuera said. But the wait for the next big burn won't be nearly as long, according to the evidence gathered in the study.

Read article on Alaska Dispatch News



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