Ever since human-forced climate change started to kick off dramatically worsening polar warming events in the 2000s, the Arctic has struggled to cool down to normal temperatures during fall and winter. However, for 2016, this failure of Arctic cooling appears to have grown even more pronounced.
Over the past few weeks, temperature anomalies for the entire region north of the 66th parallel have ranged between 3 and 5 degrees Celsius above average. These are very extreme departures — ones we typically have only seen during winter when the poleward heat energy transfer effects of human-caused climate change are at their strongest. But this fall, a north-bound flood of warmth has turned the Arctic into a glaring global hot spot — featuring the highest above normal temperature readings for any region of the Earth.
New Record Daily Lows for Arctic Sea Ice
So much added heat has had a marked effect…
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