Expect ‘Midwinter Warming’ As Artic Temperature Tops Ice-Melting, says NOAA
While Global Warming intensifies, there are current events that are happening which seem nearly impossible to happen before. An example would be the temperature forecast for the Arctic, in which the temperature would be ice-melting, according to US National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
The forecast is the same last year, and it might be a trend occurring because of the climate change. The forecast would almost be laughable if there is no threat coming from human greenhouse emissions.
Expect that a gust of warm air hotter by 20°C by usual will hit the Arctic this year. There is even a chance that some will tip over the 0°C melting temperature of water. For the next five days, the air in the Canada is expected to be warmer, according to NOAA, as per the report of The Guardian.
Furthermore, this dramatic melting of Arctic Ice is already felt by hundreds of millions of people across North America, Europe, and Asia. The northern ice cap has been shrinking since the 1970s, with global warming driving the loss of about three-quarters of its volume so far.
But the recent heat in the Arctic has shocked scientists, with temperatures 33°C above average in parts of the Russian Arctic and 20°C higher in some other places. The warming of the Arctic or better known as “Midwinter Warming” is expected to be a regular pattern now and it will affect the middle latitudes further south, where so many people live.
But it’s not just predicted maximum temperatures that have been extreme. November and December have seen record average temperatures over the Arctic, averaging 2.5°C above the usual for this time of year, as per TechnoID.
Temperature anomalies like that have been linked to changes in migration patterns of marine mammals, cause mass starvation and deaths of reindeer as well as impact the habitats of polar bears.