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The Northern Climate Observer

The Northern Climate Observer is a compilation of articles and observations about changing environment and climate, and the impacts on Northern communities. It is a LEO Network product, published weekly by the Center for Climate and Health at the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium.

Oh What a March! Across Alaska normal temperatures and clear skies persist. Alaskans welcome the cold, after three years of freakishly warm temperatures. Looking back through the years in LEO Network, a few March posts stand out - salmonberry blossoms in Juneau, the absence of snow in Nanwalek, and of sea ice in Unalakleet. See in this edition an archive post by Ian Williams about the early emergence of pollen and honey bees on March 23, 2016, and some interesting recent news articles from across the North.

Mike Brubaker, Editor


Eagle River, Alaska, United States
Yereth Rosen / Alaska Dispatch News / February 20, 2017

A new study quantifies the rate at which Eklutna Glacier is losing its icy mass. Between 1957 and 2010, the loss of glacier mass averaged 5 percent a year.

Read article on Alaska Dispatch News



Fairbanks, Alaska, United States
Emily Swing / Arctic Deeply / March 23, 2017

The unexpected appearance of sinkholes or groundwater flooding is something to which residents have grown accustomed.

Read article on Arctic Deeply



Koyuk, Alaska, United States
Robert Hannon, Erica Lujan, Martha Turner and Patricia Yaska / LEO Network / March 20, 2017

Traditional knowledge keepers and ADFG identify as a chum salmon.

Read post on the LEO Network



Churchill, Manitoba, Canada
CBC News / March 20, 2017

Northern Manitoba town's grocery shelves are bare as residents face another blizzard.

Read article on CBC News



Salekhard, Yamalo-Nenetskiy Avtonomnyy Okrug, Russia
Siberia Times / March 23, 2017

Detailed study of satellite data has identified more than 200 lakes with active methane emissions.

Read article on Siberia Times



Vladivostok, Primorskiy, Russia
Siberia Times / March 20, 2017

March brings a gathering of paddle boarders on a big ice floe in Ussuri Bayk. The air temperature didn't go above 10C and water was at maximum of 5C.

Read article on Siberia Times



Anchorage, Alaska, United States
LEO Network / March 23, 2016

Warm temperatures drive emergence of early willow buds, pollen and honey bee activity.

Read post on the LEO Network



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