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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.

Kotzebue, Alaska, United States
Alaska Media / Arctic Sounder / June 7, 2019

The Kotzebue area saw average temperatures as high as 11.4 degrees F above normal in May, with similar conditions in nearby villages. Utqiaġvik saw a 6.6-degree jump, while Prudhoe Bay experienced temperatures more than 8 degrees higher than normal.

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Reykjavík, Capital Region, Iceland
Jelena Ćirić / Iceland Review / June 6, 2019

In Reykjavík, Akureyri, and Stykkishólmur, this was the second warmest since record-keeping began. After last year’s unusually cold and rainy spring and summer, locals are enjoying pleasant weather.

Read article on Iceland Review



Tampere, Pirkanmaa, Finland
Yle Uutiset / June 9, 2019

After several warm days, lightning bolts struck Finland about 16,000 times on Saturday. By evening, nearly 20,000 customers were without electricity. More trees may be felled as electrical storms move toward the Russian border.

Read article on Yle Uutiset



Anchorage, Alaska, United States
Tegan Hanlon / Anchorage Daily News / June 10, 2019

Records show there were 18 years without any days of thunderstorms in Anchorage. The average is about 1.4 days of thunderstorms a year. This year there have already been four, and more over the Chugach.

Read article on Anchorage Daily News



Arcadia, Alberta, Canada
CBC / June 1, 2019

An additional 12,000 people in northwest Alberta have been placed on evacuation alert as an out-of-control wildfire in the area grows.

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Seldovia Village, Alaska, United States
Mike Brubaker, Kris Holdreid and Michael Opheim / LEO Network / June 3, 2019

We did not see a single sea star in the Kachemak-side tide pools, and boulders we visit each year all looked a little vacant, with a lot of empty, critter-free space.

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Crown Point, Alaska, United States
Madeline McGee, Tegan Hanlon / Anchorage Daily News / May 31, 2019

About 70 gray whales have been spotted dead so far this year along the West Coast from California to Alaska, the most in almost 20 years. Many of them appeared malnourished, according to NOAA officials.

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Fairbanks, Alaska, United States
Tim Ellis / Alaska Public Media / June 10, 2019

Fish and Game says tularemia is showing up early this year in snowshoe hares around the Interior and areas south of the Alaska Range. Tularemia is a bacteria that can pass to pets and people, causing serious illness.

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Cantwell, Alaska, United States
Alaska Public Media / YouTube / May 30, 2019

There are over one hundred and forty landslides along the Denali Park road, the 92 mile road through Denali National Park and Preserve. None are more threatening than the Pretty Rocks Landslide at Polychrome Pass.

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