As the cool kids like to say, everything you need to know about your local weather in one graph.
Some types of data correlation are hard, but I am confident that everyone can see the gist of this one. Whenever it gets warm in western Alaska the midwest gets colder. This corresponds to times when attracted by the thriving Alaskan craft beer scene, the warm jet stream takes a northern holiday and pushes the normal arctic weather down to us. This may make it easier to explain climate even to people who struggle with second grade math (a line slanting in the direction of zero means that health care spending and deficit numbers went down, not up).
Charts repurposed from Weather Underground and rearranged for clarity.