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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.

Spring Break-Up The best measure of break-up in Alaska is the Nenana River Classic which has made a lottery out of the event since 1917. Break up has been trending earlier since the mid 1960s and last spring there were records set across Alaska. The Nenena tripod fell on April 23rd, not a record but pretty early. From the archive see a LEO Post from Patricia Yaska in Chuathbaluk about the early Kuskokwim break-up on April 17, 2016. See also a great post about the impacts of jellyfish on the commercial salmon fishery last summer. Mike Brubaker - Editor


Dalton Highway, Alaska, United States
Margaret Kriz Hobson / Scientific American / March 8, 2017

The most recent study noted that Arctic thaw is occurring one to two weeks earlier than the first study, and the North Slope growing season is lengthening by 15 to 21 days. At the same time, however, caribou are maintaining the same reproductive timeline.

Read article on Scientific American



Sabetta, Yamalo-Nenets
Siberia Times / April 11, 2017

The aim is to give warnings over seismic activity that could lead to the sudden formation of new craters, which could potentially damage key industrial infrastructure.

Read article on Siberia Times



Lake Cowichan, British Columbia, Canada
Lexi Bainas / Lake Cowichan Gazette / April 5, 2017

It’s likely a lot of Cowichan Lake residents think there’s plenty of water around for the summer of 2017, given the winter we’ve been having. But, according to Cowichan River watcher Parker Jefferson, “We’re just about where we were last year.”

Read article on Lake Cowichan Gazette



Southern Ostrobothnia, Finland
YLE News / Eye on the Arctic / April 7, 2017

The past three winters have been particularly hard on road pavements. Wet winters with temperatures fluctuating on both sides of the freezing point have damaged even relatively fresh asphalt, leading to cracks, potholes and deep ruts.

Read article on Eye on the Arctic



Sand Point, Alaska, United States
David Osterback and Kristin Cieciel / LEO Network / September 4, 2016

Purse seiner crew scrambles to shovel the huge bycatch of Northern sea nettle jelly fish (Chrysaora melanaster) overboard.

Read post on the LEO Network



Chuathbaluk, Alaska, United States
LEO Network / April 17, 2016

We have had an extremely warm winter, and the river had many open holes that never froze completely.

Read post on the LEO Network



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