Cold Winter and Summer Have Some Ready to Leave Alaska

Russ Steele

Ellen and I are fans of Flying Wild Alaska and the adventures of the Tweto family on the Discovery Channel.   Jim Tweto and his family-run airline Era Alaska and each week we get another episode on how they battle the arctic elements to transport supplies and passengers to some of the most inaccessible areas on the planet, winter and summer. Link to Flying Wild Alaska web page is HERE.

This season includes numerous references to the some of the worst winter flying they have ever encountered, with lots of visuals to back up the claim.  The article below reminded me of a conversation between Jim Tweto and his youngest daughter Ariel about the declining population of the remote villages in a recent program.  Jim Tweto concluded that the increased isolation was the issue, the weather was making travel more difficult and earning or harvesting a living was becoming more of a challenge, thus people were leaving the villages for warmer places.  It appears everyone is questioning life in Alaska.

ANCHORAGE – After a record-breaking winter, we are now headed for one of the coldest months of July on record.  And it has some Alaskans thinking it may be time to leave the great land.

By Alaska summer standards, it’s been a pretty cool and gloomy start to the beginning of July.

The temps may be setting records, but it’s not the first summer that’s been less than sunny – and some people say they’ve had enough.

Link to the KTVA article is HERE

According to the US Geological Survey (USGS) survey the glaciers in Alaska are growing again. As the summers cool, and the winter ice does not melt, the glaciers will continue to grow, like they did in the 1800s. Could this be a signal that we are on the cusp of an ice age?

7 thoughts on “Cold Winter and Summer Have Some Ready to Leave Alaska

  1. Anthony j. Mengotto July 19, 2012 / 7:12 pm

    Russ, I agree with you, we are on that cusp.It was the beginning of the vikings relocating to the south in the 1400’s and now, the alaskan people.I think it’s only a matter of time, you will read or hear about the same thing happening to the canadian people up in canada.The fact that the earth did not warm as much as the medieval warm period. We do not have the warm climate that they had before the minimum came.I know David archibald said, and seen this comming, as far back as 2007.Now, just a little over 5 years latter, were seeing, and reading this.I hope he’s right about the 2 weak cycles 24,25. Because, if we get a third weak cycle,if cycle 26 is weak, and still a minimum, the whole world could be on the brink of a ice age, worse than the little ice age. It’s all up to the sun, as to what happen’s here on earth. Weather we warm, or cool, it’s all up to the sun!!!!!! Anthony

  2. Russell Steele July 20, 2012 / 10:21 am

    I wrote a paper published in Dec 2006 on the web that took advantage of David Archibald’s work on solar cycles. It was titled TR0612-8: Cooler Temps — Dalton Minimum Returns. I will post a copy on this blog later today under LINKS.

    • Anthony j. Mengotto July 20, 2012 / 11:30 am

      Russ, Great!!!!!! I am looking forward to reading it.Remember, we can only use it as a very good tool, and guide line as to what happened in the past, as to how the sun output was. It sounds like you have done many years of research.Today layman’s sunspot count,is counting only one sunspot today on the sun. Cycle 24 is 4.5 years long so far. The F10.7 Flux is down to 103.2. I do not think we are going to see solar maximum any time soon, if the flux falls below 90 this far into the cycle. This could be the the first time in modern day history that we do not see a maximum as strong as it was with solar cycle 5. But,we do not know what the solar F10.7 Flux was back then. We can only guess, what it was back then. Anthony

      • Anthony j. Mengotto July 20, 2012 / 6:12 pm

        Russ, I read your report and, I must say that I found it very interesting.But I found on page 13 to be, very little convincing about the COSMIC RAY > REFLECTIVE LOW CLOUD THEORY. Because it say’s, If the comic ray > reflective low cloud theory is correct, the cooling started before cycles 5 and 6 normally considered,THE DALTON MINIMUM. We can now say that the cooling came durring, those two cycles. According to A METEOROLOGICAL ACCOUNT OF THE WEATHER IN PHILADELPHIA. If you go to page 264, you will find the average temperatures for philadelphia from 1790 to 1847.It lines right up with the sunspot chart except,the year of 1816 when,mt. tambora erupted in 1815.When the average yearly temp 50-52 degree’s F. durring both minimum’s went down to 49 degree’s F. I also know that if solar cycle 4 was counted today, it would have not peaked with a smooth value of 140 sunspot numbers. It would have been at 170-180 smooth sunspot values today. Again, a stronger cycle than cycle 23 was!!!!!!!! Anthony

  3. chillguy33 July 20, 2012 / 5:06 pm

    Hi, Russ,

    History repeats, eventually. Al Gore has jinxed all humanity. The ones who are leaving, may know more about history than scientists will tell them.

  4. JP July 21, 2012 / 12:17 pm

    If I am not mistaken we are only about 8 years out (give a take a decade) from entering a negative De Vries Cycle. The current positive De Vries Cycle began around 1820. The last negative De Vries Cycle encompassed the Maunder, Sporer, Wolfe, and Dalton minimums.

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