The world’s been witnessing its hottest year on record and, even worse, some of its coldest parts are witnessing temperature spikes that are crazy even by these abnormal standards
It’s polar night there now – the sun isn’t rising in much of the Arctic. That’s when the Arctic is supposed to get super-cold, when the sea ice that covers the vast Arctic Ocean is supposed to grow and thicken. But it’s super-hot.
How insanely hot?
1. In some parts of Arctic Russia, anomalies have exceeded 22.2° Celsius
2. As these high temperatures occur, sea ice is struggling to recover
3. The average Arctic sea ice area for October was 28.5% below the 1981-2010 average, the smallest extent of ice for the month since records began in 1979
What’s going on?
1. Up until October, things were as normal as they can be in the era of record-shattering climate change
2. In Mid-October Arctic temperatures suddenly flattened and then rose, instead of continuing downward as winter progressed
Meanwhile, 2016 is set to be the hottest year in recorded history
1. Scientists at the World Meteorological Organization have predicted 2016 will be the hottest year on record
2. October globally was 0.73° C above the 20th century average of 13.9°C and tying it with 2003 as the third-warmest October on record
3. Alaska and Finland had the driest Octobers on record
4. Africa notched the second-warmest October, behind the record set in 2015
5. The world’s average sea surface temperature was the second warmest on record for October, and the warmest on record for the year to date
6. From May 2015 to August 2016, Earth set monthly heat records for 16 straight months.