Every traveler's worst nightmare. This sounds like a flight straight out of hell.
Nearly 50 lightning strikes happened during a record setting heat-wave in the Arctic in July. This was in addition to over 1000 of them hitting over a wider area during a massive storm. This was one of the furthest examples of lightning strikes anywhere in the world in weather forecasters memories, with the closest being in Fairbanks, Alaska. While lightning strikes do occur in the Arctic, they are much rarer in such frequency, because the air is usually to cold and dry for such a major storm to be able to form.
President Obama has had a very strange relationship with salmon this past week.
During a scheduled trip to Alaska to see the effects of climate change firsthand, Obama appeared on a taping of Running Wild With Bear Grylls. While many people hoped the duo would end up drinking each other's urine, they opted for something a bit more mundane—a leftover salmon carcass that an actual bear had left on the side of a river.
This wasn't the first run in with salmon Obama had during his Alaskan adventure. Just days before this, a salmon spawned (if ya know what we mean) on the President.
President Obama and Bear Grylls are basically besties now, and they've got the selfie to prove it.
As part of Obama's three-day trip to Alaska to study the impact of climate change on the region, he is spending time with survivalist Bear Grylls and exploring the wild.
Ahead of Obama's trip, he finalized a name change of Mount McKinley. It is known officially known as Denali, the original name given to the highest point in North America by Alaskan natives.
Since starting his Alaskan adventure, the White House Instagram has been posting other pictures of Obama in the wilderness.
The President joins celebs like Kate Winslet, Zac Efron and Michelle Rodriguez appearing on Running Wild With Bear Grylls.
President Obama is officially the #YOLO president.
Ahead of his scheduled three-day trip to Alaska to see the effects of climate change, Obama announced that Mount McKinley, America's highest point, will now officially be known as Denali.
The mountain was originally known as Denali by Alaskan natives before it was renamed to honor President William McKinley in 1917. But many Alaskans have continued to call it by its original name, and the state has been petitioning the federal government to change the name since 1975.
Some Ohioans think this is a Miserable idea, since McKinley hails from the state.
But this isn't even the craziest part of Obama's trip. NBC has announced that the president will film an episode of Running Wild With Bear Grylls.
Obama will learn survival skills
and talk about environment issues with Bear Grylls, the survivalist who has recently filmed with stars Kate Winslet and Michelle Rodriguez.
No word yet if Bear plans on drinking Obama's presidential urine.
Rep. Don Young of Alaska certainly has problems, but wolves aren’t one of them.
At a House Natural Resources Committee hearing this week, Young was complaining about how members of Congress were rallying together to help protect the gray wolf, when they don’t have to deal with them on a regular basis like he does.
“How many of you have got wolves in your district?” he asked. “None. None. Not one.”
And then, likely due to a full moon, he offered up this completely insane proposal.
“I’d like to introduce them to your district,” he said. “You wouldn’t have a homeless problem anymore.”
A spokesperson for Young later clarified to the Washington Post that the “analogy was purposely hyperbolic to stress the point that these predators pose serious threats to wildlife management and their listing has damaging impacts to local communities.”
Alaska has “the largest remaining population of gray wolves in the United States,” according to Defenders of Wildlife.
Pacific walrus that can't find sea ice for resting in Arctic waters are coming ashore in record numbers on a beach in northwest Alaska.
This isn't the first time walruses have gathered in such numbers or that stampedes have occurred. As AP reports, large walrus assemblies also formed in 2007, 2009 and 2011. Groups have also been spotted on the other side of the Chukchi Sea, in Russia.