Warmth in Alaska, Cold in the Midwest – Signs of a Shifting Climate?

NASA authors explore the cause for the recent enormous avalanche that blocked the only land link between the ice-free oil port of Valdez and the rest of Alaska.  What does this have to do with the rest of us?  In essence, Alaska’s warmth is the “flip side of the coin” to the Midwest and Northeast’s frigidity, and the drought in the Southwest.

http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/blogs/fromthefield/2014/02/05/alaskapipeline/