Scientists announce a freak warm front pushing through the Arctic region of the North Pole this Thursday soared temperatures near melting point.
Reports by the Norwegian Meteorological Institute claim temperatures in the area were approximately minus four degrees Celsius by noon, a highly unusual statistic compared to the average minus thirty degree range.
Although there are no official weather stations based at the North Pole, a buoy drifting just north of Spitsbergen this Thursday had collected temperature recordings of only zero degrees.
According to global records, this year has made the charts for the warmest year to date as a result of both pollution emissions as well as a major El Nino occurrence along the Pacific Ocean.
Justyna Wodziczko, Danish Meteorological Institute reporter, claims warm air has been driven north due to very “low pressure between Greenland and Spitsbergen, with a very powerful air current”.
Another forecaster, Jesper Eriksen, explained that increasingly warm temperatures in the Arctic region “are becoming more frequent because we have a declining sea ice cover – the water below is warmer”.
An all-time record low for the region’s sea ice levels were recorded by U.S. National Snow and Ice Data Center, particularly for the winter season.
These red alert temperature oddities have caused drastic repercussions to both wildlife habitat and Indigenous group’s livelihood in the area.
Side Affects of the Melting
To make things worse, rapid melting rates has given way to more oil and gas exploration. According to a Tweet released by the Norwegian Meteorological Institute earlier this week, temperatures are predicted to decrease in the next few days.
Scientists are hoping for a similar trend to last December’s measurements, as there too was a brief rise in temperature in the region.
The long list of weather data collected since 1959 does show a general trend of winter weather peaks in temperature across the span of a decade as stated by G.W.K. Moore in the journal, Scientific Reports, earlier this December.
He quotes that these weather changes were predicted occur more frequently “as the region transitions towards the occurrence of warmer and wetter winters”.
The A.U.N. panel of climate scientists released a statement that there is a 95 percent estimate that temperature rises are a direct result of greenhouse gas emissions causing a snowball effect climate related catastrophes.