Arctic’s strongest sea ice breaks up for first time on record

missing sea ice off north greenland coast

The UK’s Guardian reports on something that has never been seen before this year. The sea ice north of Greenland normally does not break up even in the summer melt season. This year it has been different. They describe it as follows … This phenomenon – which has never been recorded before – has occurred … Read moreArctic’s strongest sea ice breaks up for first time on record

Record Warmth in Arctic not possible without Global Warming

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If you keep you finger on the Global Warming pulse then you will be familiar with the observations of record warmth in the Arctic during the winter of 2016. Research by NOAA has now confirmed that this was not a natural event, a black swan, and would not have been possible in a world without … Read moreRecord Warmth in Arctic not possible without Global Warming

Will a Warming Arctic lead to more winter storms?

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A new study published within Nature Communications on 13th March shows that there appears to be a robust relationship between a warming Arctic and more severe winter weather further south. Warm Arctic episodes linked with increased frequency of extreme winter weather in the United States Weather is variable and that is driven by both forced … Read moreWill a Warming Arctic lead to more winter storms?

#Arctic Sea Ice update

arctic sea ice extent - 6th March 2018

The National Snow and Ice Data Centre have issued their early March update for Arctic sea ice news. The content is not exactly a surprise. Below I’ve laid out some of the details. Highlights Temperatures over the Arctic have been unseasonably high and have been approaching melting point – in February – a time when … Read more#Arctic Sea Ice update

Arctic spring is starting a lot earlier than a decade ago

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There is a new study that examines 86 years worth of events that are tracked to mark the start of spring in the higher latitudes. The term used to describe the study of seasonal changes is Phenology. This is the study of periodic plant and animal life cycle events and so tracking those has previously … Read moreArctic spring is starting a lot earlier than a decade ago