- Associated Press - Thursday, February 19, 2015

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Communities across Alaska are reporting record high temperatures.

Alaska communities have been experiencing February temperatures as high as the mid-50s, Alaska Dispatch News (https://is.gd/mKKPHE) reported.

In Anchorage, Tuesday’s temperature reached an official high of 44 degrees, which broke the previous mark of 43 degrees for that date set in 1984. In some parts of the city, unofficial temperatures approached 50 degrees Tuesday.

The high Tuesday in Sitka was 54 degrees, which eclipsed the old record of 52 that was set in 1998.

In northwest Alaska, Tuesday’s high in Kotzebue was 32 degrees, which broke the old record of 30 degrees that was set in 2006.

Bettles, in Alaska’s interior, had a high of 28 degrees Tuesday. That broke the old record of 26 degrees for that date that was set in 1993.

The high reached 26 degrees Tuesday in McGrath, another interior community. The old record for that date in the community was 21 degrees, set in 1947.

In the southeast community of Yakutat, Monday’s high of 47 degrees broke the previous record of 44 degrees that was set in 1977.

Besides experiencing an unusually warm winter, Alaska also has had a low-snow season.

A lack of snow and rough trail conditions prompted organizers of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race to move the competitive start from Willow to Fairbanks. The ceremonial start remains in Anchorage on March 7.

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Information from: Alaska Dispatch News, https://www.adn.com


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