|24 December, 2016|
I mean, this is crazy. Seriously. Here and now.
The Arctic continues to run a fever.
On Thursday, the temperature there was almost 30 C warmer than average, and it continued into Friday morning. Ocean buoys recorded temperatures near the North Pole of 0 C or warmer. That's right: It's warmer in the Arctic than it is in Thunder Bay, Ont.
This isn't an isolated event. Arctic temperatures have been unusually warm for the past few months, though perhaps not quite as dramatically different as we're seeing now.
In November, the region was 20 C warmer than average.
"The temperatures there of the atmosphere are on … any given day, like 20 C warmer than they should be for this time of year," Jennifer Francis, a marine and coastal sciences research professor at Rutgers University in New Jersey, told CBC News at the time.
"The ocean temperatures there are also warmer than they should be. I'm really, really worried, and I think everyone should be."