NASA Image Shows Nearly Ice-Free Alaska as Temps Top 96 Degrees

After a colder-than-average spring, Alaska is suffering a sudden and record-breaking heatwave, according to Mongabay. Temperatures on Monday, June 17th hit a stunning 96 degrees Fahrenheit  in Talkeetna, Alaska, just below the highest temperature on record, 98 degrees Fahrenheit, which it reached back in 1969. On the same day, NASA's Terra Satellite's Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) took a rare image of a cloud-free Alaska that NASA called "striking."

"Other towns in southern [besides Talkeetna] Alaska set all-time record highs, including Cordova, Valez, and Seward. The high temperatures also helped fuel wildfires and hastened the breakup of sea ice in the Chukchi Sea," a press release from NASA reads.

Here's the photo:

Climate change is impacting Alaska and other high-latitude regions quicker than rest of the world. In fact, the state is likely to see the first climate change refugees in North America, due to rising sea levels swamping native villages on the Arctic Ocean.

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