“This is unprecedented. I tease people that Anchorage is the coolest city in the country—and climatically that is true—but right now we are seeing record heat,” said Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz
With Alaska in the midst of an unprecedented heat wave that experts say is driven by the climate crisis, Anchorage—the state’s largest city—reached an all-time high temperature of 90 degrees on Thursday.
“At 5 pm [Thursday] afternoon, Anchorage International Airport officially hit 90 degrees for the first time on record,” the Anchorage National Weather Service announced in a tweet early Friday.
— NWS Anchorage (@NWSAnchorage) July 5, 2019
“We are in a climate emergency, America,” wrote meteorologist Eric Holthaus in response to the news.
It’s 90 degrees in Anchorage, Alaska today for the first time in recorded history.
We are in a climate emergency, America. https://t.co/ySYbbexNNd
— Eric Holthaus (@EricHolthaus) July 5, 2019
Anchorage reached the 90-degree mark just hours after the city hit 89 degrees, shattering the previous high of 85 degrees set in June of 1969, according to the Anchorage National Weather Service.
“This isn’t just breaking a record—it’s obliterating a record that’s stood for more than half a century,” tweeted Bill McKibben, environmentalist and founder of 350.org.
This isn’t just breaking a record–it’s obliterating a record that’s stood for more than half a century. https://t.co/rybQkET2bC
— Bill McKibben (@billmckibben) July 5, 2019
The record heat in Anchorage forced officials to cancel planned Fourth of July firework celebrations due to wildfire concerns. The Alaska state fire marshal had already banned the sale and personal use of fireworks throughout much of the state due to the unusually hot weather.
“This is unprecedented,” Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz told the New York Times. “I tease people that Anchorage is the coolest city in the country—and climatically that is true—but right now we are seeing record heat.”
And the 90-degree record may not stand for long.
As the Times reported, temperatures could rise even higher over the weekend.
“With the combined forces of climate change that has disrupted temperature trends around the state, a remarkable dearth of ice in the Bering Sea and weather patterns generating a general heat wave, Alaska is facing a Fourth of July unlike any before… city officials are worrying about air quality and forecasters expect temperatures to rival those in Miami,” according to the Times.
News of Anchorage’s record-breaking heat comes after data from the U.N.-backed Copernicus Climate Change Service showed that last month was the hottest June ever recorded.
“Summer has just begun for many, but already temperature records are being broken,” said 350.org. “We need to act like this is the climate emergency it is.”
West Virginia voter: ‘I’ll probably vote for Donald Trump’ because ‘he keeps the people to the TV set’
A group of West Virginia voters explained their voting choices to MSNBC on Monday.
"I don't have TV, I don't have internet," one woman said. "I'm pretty far behind. And I bet you a lot of around here are because we're poor. I don't know nothing about Joe [Biden]. I ain't never heard nothing about him at all. Donald Trump, I know a little bit about him because of the past couple of years."
"I'll probably vote for Donald Trump," Jeff Kibbey told MSNBC. "He keeps the people to the TV set."
"One, Trump is good," Francis Senter insisted. "Biden -- however you pronounce his name -- is good too. But like I say, I can't judge either one of them. It's the same community it ain't never going to change because if it was going to change it wouldn't look like this right here."
White nationalist group ‘training for violence’ as Trump’s defeat grows likelier: report
On Tuesday, BuzzFeed News reported that Patriot Front, a white supremacist group formed from the collapse of groups that participated in the Charlottesville neo-Nazi riots, is preparing for civil unrest as they believe President Donald Trump's re-election is a lost cause.
"BuzzFeed News has received a cache of hundreds of messages exchanged by Patriot Front members on Rocket.Chat, an encrypted group messaging app," reported Jane Lytvynenko. "In logs of the chats, all from this year, around 280 members of the group discuss grandiose goals — creating a white ethnostate from the existing United States. The group wants to expel immigrants, people of color, and Jews, remaking the fabric of America."
Clinical psychologist predicts what life after Trump will be like — and how the president will respond if he loses
Clinical psychologist Dr. Alan Blotcky, Ph.D. spoke to Raw Story Tuesday to walk through what he thinks voters will see from President Donald Trump in the upcoming week ahead of the election.
While Dr. Blotcky isn't part of the "Duty To Warn" movement, he does support it and he explained how mental health experts have been able to diagnose the president without ever having him sit in their offices.