The state has just had its warmest spring on record, causing permafrost to thaw and dramatically reshaping some areas
A city in western Alaska has lost a huge stretch of riverbank to erosion that may turn it into an island, amid renewed warnings from scientists over the havoc triggered by the accelerating melting of the state’s ice and permafrost.
Residents of the small city of Akiak were alarmed to find the Kuskokwim River suddenly much closer to housing after approximately 75ft to 100ft of riverbank disappeared over the course of just a few hours.
Springtime in Alaska isn’t what it used to be. This is the 3rd time past 21 years we can say” warmest spring of record”. 1998 was the warmest to date, exceeded in 2016 and now 2016 exceeded in 2019. Trend +4.0F (+2.2C) since the 1970s. #akwx #Arctic @Climatologist49 @IARC_Alaska pic.twitter.com/Y1XaPVB3zy