The quake has triggered a tsunami warning for a swath of coastal Alaska from Sand Point to Kodiak to Homer to Cordova, and prompted sirens to sound in communities as evacuations began.
This summer has been one of the colder summers the region has had in the last few years. But when compared with summers over the last several decades, it’s still among the hottest.
Climate specialist Rick Thoman says the likelihood of these storms becoming more common is high and will continue to rise as our climate changes.
The cause of the flooding is clear: human-driven climate change.
The burning taiga is sending a massive plume up into the atmosphere and then over to Alaska.
Peonies are usually ready to pick in early July. But due to this year’s colder weather and the lack of sun, they’re still not ready in the middle of the month.
About 70% of the active fires were likely caused by lightning strikes, according to the British Columbia Wildfire Service’s dashboard.
There have been some pretty incredibly high temperatures recently in the Pacific Northwest. Southeast Alaska has shared in that, with some local, daily record highs.
On Sunday, Juneau hit 80 degrees for the first time this year. On Monday, it was 83 degrees.
Major flooding is underway after a glacial dam release dumped even more water into an already swollen river.