The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported Monday that 2019 has so far been Alaska's warmest year on record. NOAA measuring stations in Anchorage, Cold Bay, Homer, and Kodiak have all reported their warmest November on record, culminating in the whole state's fourth-warmest autumn of all time. That leaves 2019 as Alaska's warmest year so far, narrowly beating out 2016 as Alaska's hottest year since measurements first started in 1925. The warm temperatures have coincided with an unprecedented low in the state's cod population in the Gulf of Alaska. Anchorage's federal cod fishery announced Friday it would close for the 2020 season, as there were "next to no" new eggs in the warmer waters. The closing of the fishery is expected to put communities dependent on the fishing economy at risk.
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