North Pole Storm Tops Off Freakish Weather Of 2015
It doesn’t matter where you live in the World there have been some really freakish weather moments and some that have been devastating to whole communities. Areas have seen 2015 as the warmest year on record with December temperatures being almost spring like in parts of the world that could be deep in snow at this time. The next storm when it hits the North Pole today will mean that the temperature there will rise above freezing for only the second time on record.
Why is this happening and will there be any long term effects, read on to find out:
Today, the same storm system that last week spun up deadly tornadoes in the American southeast will burst into the far north, centering over Iceland. It will bring strong winds and pressure as low as is typically seen during hurricanes.
That low pressure will suck air out of the planet’s middle latitudes and send it rushing to the Arctic. And so on Wednesday, the North Pole will likely see temperatures of about 35 degrees Fahrenheit, or 2 degrees Celsius. That’s 50 degrees hotter than average: It’s usually 20 degrees Fahrenheit below zero there at this time of year.
2015 is the warmest year ever recorded. Thirteen of the top 14 warmest years on the books have happened this century. And here in the United States, it has been a hot, strange month. Many cities across the northeast smashed their Christmas and Christmas Eve temperature records not at midday, but at the stroke of midnight. For the hundred-plus years that New York temperatures have been recorded, the city has never been warmer than 63 degrees Fahrenheit on a December 24. Yet at 1 a.m. on Christmas Eve of this year, the thermometer measured 67 degrees.
Winter temperatures have only snuck above freezing at the North Pole once before. Eric Holthaus, Slate
’s meterologist, could not find an Arctic expert
who had witnessed above-freezing temperatures at the pole between December and early April.
While institutional science will take years, if not decades, to confirm a correlation between human-forced climate change and strong North Atlantic storms, Scribbler believes that Wednesday’s insane warmth at the pole resembles the southern incursions of the “polar vortex” that have been seen in recent winters. These changes are related to human-forced climate change, he writes: a sign that something in the atmosphere has gone “dreadfully wrong.”
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