If this doesn’t freak you out, I am not sure what to say. Despite onset of the Polar Nights, the temperatures near the North Pole are increasing. Yes, you read that correctly…increasing. This can’t be good. This is the second year in a row that temperatures near the North Pole have risen to freakishly warm levels. During 2015’s final days, the temperature near the Pole spiked to the melting point thanks to a massive storm that pumped warm air into the region.
So what’s going on here?
It’s about 20C [36 degrees Fahrenheit] warmer than normal over most of the Arctic Ocean, along with cold anomalies of about the same magnitude over north-central Asia. The Arctic warmth is the result of a combination of record-low sea-ice extent for this time of year, probably very thin ice, and plenty of warm/moist air from lower latitudes being driven northward by a very wavy jet stream.
A recent paper has suggested that the jet stream, which travels from west to east across the Northern Hemisphere in the mid-latitudes, is becoming more wavy and elongated as the Arctic warms faster than the equator does. Apparently wavy = hot!
As the incoming US President proclaims that climate change is a hoax…this does give one a moment of pause.