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From California to Alaska, it’s been a weirdly warm winter.

And earlier this month, Sitka, Alaska, set a new record for the warmest low temperature ... Climate gentrification — a new phrase to describe climate change’s transformation of real estate markets — could have huge repercussions.

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Climate scientist Daniel Swain attributes the cold in the east and the warmth out west to a continent-wide weather pattern similar to the one that ushered in California’s megadrought a few years ago. There’s evidence that shrinking Arctic ice is making extreme patterns like this more likely. Speaking of shrinking ice, December has been downright balmy in Alaska. Frozen rivers — the highways of the North during winter — still haven’t frozenThe sea ice is in “shockingly bad” condition for native hunters. Parts of 40 states, including Arizona, have been colder than Anchorage so farAnd earlier this month, Sitka, Alaska, set a new record for the warmest low temperature ever recorded in Alaskan wintertime: 53 degrees. Eric Holthaus Dec 28, 2017 looming lexicon The Intracoastal Waterway divides the houses from the beachCollins Avenue is the spine for the high-rise developmentPhoto by Nathan Benn\/Corbis via Getty Images","created_timestamp":"351820800","

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