A convective storm on the coastal plain of Alaska
Historically, the coastal plain of Alaska has been characterized by cloudy or foggy conditions, with only limited summer rain. However, with increasing air temperatures, convective storms are becoming increasingly common. Such events may impact the water budgets of the region's many lakes and ponds, which can reduce nesting success of birds such as loons, and alter the hydrologic connectivity of the landscape, with impact for fish movement.
Photo by Joshua Koch, U.S. Geological Survey