Craig, Alaska hit a record high of 65 degrees on Sunday, Jan. 14. A funnel of warm air blasted Southeast Alaska Sunday, producing temperatures that made it feel more like June than January. Temperatures in several communities climbed into the mid-60's, shattering records.
Alaska is known as the "last frontier" because of its rugged, remote landscape, but it's also a last frontier of sorts for the GIS community. While high-resolution aerial imaging would be valuable for a variety of reasons - public safety, protecting natural resources, identifying geo-hazards, land use, and state and federal programs, to name a few - it is cost-prohibitive for any one organization to do.