A few years ago, the world’s top climate experts told us that Alaska is the global warming canary in the coal mine.
As Denali National Park shivers through a frigid May, businesses trying to thaw out for summer face freezing pipes and delayed openings as visitors start to arrive at the park.
“It’ll be a story to tell for the next 10 years,” said Dave McCarthy, owner of the Denali Park Salmon Bake in the canyon outside of the park entrance.
A slew of gift shops, hotels, outdoor tours businesses and restaurants outside of the park shutter their doors for the winter and reopen every spring as visitors flock north to see Mount McKinley, the tallest peak in North America.
But this winter won’t let go: Fresh snowfall over the weekend, followed by temperatures in the teens and mid-20s through the weekend culminated with a record low of 14 degrees Saturday morning. The chill disrupted local businesses trying to get their seasons started.
It is very unfortunate that these experts don’t have the integrity to admit that they were wrong.