Kodiak feels tropical at 78F and breaks a 1941 record

Kodiak Sunrise. (Photo by LaniElderts / Flickr)

If you were in Kodiak on Monday morning, it felt more like Hawaii than Alaska.

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John Selman, a meteorological technician with the National Weather service in Kodiak, says the warm temperatures are due to northwest winds.

“Anytime we get a northwest flow, and we all know that it gets really hot in the interior. We get all that warmth that kind of funnels down towards Kodiak,” Selman said. “And with that northwest flow it is almost guaranteed that we are going to break 70.”

By 12:56 p.m. it had reached a record-breaking 78 degrees.

The former record was 75 degrees on this day in 1941.

The record low was 39 degrees in 2011.

Selman adds that with a northwest flow comes windy weather, especially in channels.

Northwest winds are predicted to continue into midweek.

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Daysha Eaton is a contributor with the Alaska Public Radio Network. Daysha Eaton holds a B.A. from Evergreen State College, and a M.A. from the University of Southern California. Daysha got her start in radio at Seattle public radio stations, KPLU and KUOW. Before coming to KBBI, she was the News Director at KYUK in Bethel. She has also worked as the Southcentral Reporter for KSKA in Anchorage. Daysha's work has appeared on NPR's "Morning Edition" and "All Things Considered", PRI's "The World" and "National Native News". She's happy to take assignments, and to get news tips, which are best sent via email. Daysha became a journalist because she believes in the power of storytelling. Stories connect us and they help us make sense of our world. They shed light on injustice and they comfort us in troubled times. She got into public broadcasting because it seems to fulfill the intention of the 4th Estate and to most effectively apply the freedom of the press granted to us through the Constitution. She feels that public radio has a special way of moving people emotionally through sound, taking them to remote places, introducing them to people they would not otherwise meet and compelling them to think about issues they might ordinarily overlook.