Arctic continues to heat record
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Arctic continues to heat record

December 01, 2020

The size of the area affected by the spike in temperatures alarmed scientists.

#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. In the Arctic, record temperatures continue to rise in an area nearly double the size of the United States. Climatic observations showed that on November 21 it was 10-12 degrees higher than 30 years ago. While for the entire Arctic, it was on average 6.7 degrees above normal.

In some places, temperatures have risen more than 20 degrees above the average recorded over the past 30 years.

And while the Arctic is still cold by the standards of the average person, and temperatures in many places are well below freezing, the size of the area affected by the spike in temperatures alarmed scientists.

According to the Barents Observer, a belt of warm air currently stretches from northern Greenland across the North Pole to the Laptev Sea and the East Siberian Sea north of mainland Russia. A similar heat wave was also observed north-east of Svalbard, over Franz Josef Land and Severnaya Zemlya.

It is noted that this year in the Arctic there was a record low level of ice cover, even by mid-November, many areas remained unfrozen.

Text: Ekaterina Maximova, Photo: open sources

December 01, 2020

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