Most know the Arctic for being bitterly cold all the time. Well, not anymore! During the month of February, the North Pole saw record high temperatures. At some points, temps were as high as 35 degrees Fahrenheit. This number is higher than it reaches during the summertime.
The U.S. Global Forecast System is model that focuses on the world’s climate and weather. This is the source for the information on the North Pole. However, there is a chance that the model is not accurate.
Currently, the Arctic is around 50 degrees warmer than normal for around this time. Also, the ice in the area is melting. This is an issue because, during the winter months, the Arctic is supposed to accumulate more ice. The ice at the North Pole is already at it’s lowest point.
Arctic Temperatures Rising Makes For More Melting and Less Ice
What is the reason behind these abnormal temperatures this time of year? Scientists say some of it is due to the Arctic sea ice being on the low end of the spectrum. January was not a good month this year for ice-building. Also, with there not being as much sea ice as before, the ocean receives less insulation. This is not good news. When there is not a lot of ice, ocean water that is warm can make the atmosphere warmer. Thus, leading to warmer weather and record-breaking temperatures.
What makes the situation worse, is that it doesn’t look like the weather is going to get any better soon. Without sea ice, the warm weather will continue to make it difficult for ice to build. Scientist says that this month’s record will go into the next winter. Also, that we may be looking at the last years of there being any sea ice in the Arctic forever.