An early spring in Alaska •

Last update: January 18th, 2020 at 8:00 am

Today’s Image of the Day from NASA Earth Observatory illustrates how warm weather caused Alaska to jump from the middle of winter straight into spring.

March of 2019 was part of an ongoing warming trend across the state in recent years. According to the Alaska Climate Research Center, a high-pressure ridge developed in the middle of the month and stayed in place.

The hotter air temperatures combined with warm sea surface temperatures have significantly lowered the amount of sea ice coverage west of Alaska in the Bering Sea.

This image was captured over Anchorage on March 30, 2019 by MODIS on NASA’s Terra satellite.

By Chrissy Sexton, Staff Writer

Image Credit: NASA Earth Observatory

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