SOURCE: AGU

DATE: February 22, 2018

SNIP: The big weather story in February has not been snow, but the astounding heat. The Danish Meteorological Institute has a station on the Arctic Ocean in Northern Greenland. While in total darkness, and just 400 miles from the North Pole, the temperature there climbed above freezing Tuesday [Feb 20, 2018]!

And then there’s the global sea ice extent, which has continued to track at the lowest levels measured for most of the NH winter. The Arctic sea ice is also at record lows at the time of maximum winter extent, and it’s not even a close call on that record.Temperatures north of 80° have been as warm as 10-15 °C ABOVE normal since the beginning of the year.