First hand accounts of climate changes in Alaska

There is often a tension between the scientists who study a subject and the people who live in the area of interest.
Recently in Alaska, scientists have began using the oral histories of native Alaskans as another source of evidence for climate change.

Residents of Alaska have been saying that the 1970's were a turning point as far as noticing changes in weather patterns and conditions.
Maggie Attila, from Galena, stated, "The last couple of years has been really crazy. It is kind of scary when the wind comes up at the wrong time and we have rain in the winter."

Do you think that Alaskan residents are a useful source of information about climate change? Does the Attila's statement make you think of the past few years of Minnesotan weather?

Your Comments, Thoughts, Questions, Ideas

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sandynwa says:

Yes, I think Alaskan residents are a useful source of information. And yes, Attila's statements remind me of Minnesota weather in recent years.
However; I think it is important to remember that wastefulness is always wrong. A long time ago, a poor resident of the Phillipine Islands told me her family's philosophy "Wast not, want not". A lot of our current society in America is greedy, arrogant, lack exercise or any physical exertion in our job. The result is a huge increase in obesity. All of the consumption can only result in decreased natural resources, more polution, and a poor image of the United States for the rest of the international community.

posted on Wed, 08/10/2005 - 12:30pm
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Anonymous says:

I was just in Galena AK a couple of months ago. Those native to the area are always a good source of information.\r\n\r\nPS. don't respond to weather questions with a tirade about consumption that is inerrant and irrelevant to the thread of the discussion

posted on Fri, 08/12/2005 - 5:50pm
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Fred Rose says:

I lived in Galena from about 1947 to 1950. My father worked for the FAA (it was called the CAA back then). I was about 12 years old when my family left Galena to move to Woody Island just offshore from Kodiak City. Our moving van was a DC-3. I remember temperatures during the deep of winter averaging about
-45 to cold snaps of -60. Can anyone point me to where I can find what the recorded tempuratures were during that time?

posted on Thu, 01/04/2007 - 8:00pm

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