Misery of An Alaskan Heat Wave

Barrow AK, July4 Heat, Smithsonian

Photo of The Day Finalist

Little Jade (age 2) seeks refuge in her mother’s arms during an unusually hot 4th of July in Barrow, Alaska. For every Independence Day celebration, a baby pageant called Top of the World is held. Local babies hit the runaways with full traditional attires made of different furs hunted by family members, designed and hand-stitched. Each piece that Jade is wearing was confectioned by her mother. Given the high temperatures, keeping the kids wearing their heavy parkas was an ordeal. Having a 70°F degree day in Arctic Alaska is rarity even during the summer, were temperatures average 42°F.

courtesy of:  http://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/

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