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Hey, Lower 48, let’s trade!

"Ransom" note

Whether you’re in northern Alaska or anywhere in the Lower 48, it’s likely that unusual weather has been on your mind – or disrupting your day-to-day life – over the past few weeks.

The region we serve, Western Alaska, has seen temperatures rise well above normal in the past week – into the 40s and even 50s above zero – causing widespread melting and, for many of our listeners, a serious disruption to the winter lifestyles that make Alaska so unique. (The ice on the Bering Sea, for example – normally solid and safe by this point in winter – has been thin, scattered, and dangerously unfit for transportation or crab fishing.)

This has all happened at the same time many of our supporters in the Lower 48, even in regions as far south as Georgia, have experienced unusual amounts of snow and strangely frigid weather.

As fellow news organizations like NPR, The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, and The Weather Channel have pointed out, it’s almost as if Alaska and the Lower 48 have “switched” weather: like two travelers who have mistakenly taken each other’s luggage.

So, Lower 48, whaddya say? Should we switch back our weather? We’ve written up the heartfelt note below. Let us know what you think in the comments.

"Ransom" note

Let’s trade!

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