Arctic and Antarctic Temperatures SOAR

This can not be good news

The climate change institute at the University of Maine reported that temperatures at both poles were way above normal for this time of year.

Temperatures averaged over the high Arctic north of 80 degrees latitude are about 25 degrees (14 Celsius) above normal. Some forecast models indicate small areas in the Arctic, including near the North Pole, could experience temperatures as much as 45 to 54 degrees (25 to 30 Celsius) above normal Wednesday and Thursday.

At the other end of the world

The warmest temperature ever recorded in a permanent weather station of the Antarctic Plateau in 66 operational years has been reached during an unprecedented heatwave in the Concordia-Dome C research station on March 18th, 2022

Researchers are reluctant to attribute these events to climate change, noting that it could be a random weather event.

The arctic weather anomaly was caused by a bomb cyclone which began over the eastern United States and has tracked over Greenland and Iceland causing an atmospheric river to move over the arctic, bringing milder air and temperatures near 30 degrees Fahrenheit (0 celcius) to the arctic. That is around 50 degrees (28 Celsius) warmer than usual for this date

It’s a highly unusual and extreme bout of circumstances, particularly considering the North Pole is still in a nearly six-month period of darkness known as “polar night.” The sun doesn’t fully rise above the horizon between fall and spring equinoxes, contributing to the bone-chilling temperatures customary to the inhospitable region.

Highs in the lower 30s (0 Celsius) are not terribly unusual in the summertime, but they’re far from the norm in winter. The mild temperatures are also accompanied by liquid rain at far northern latitudes, hastening the seasonal melting of sea ice.

And while the extreme event might be random, arctic temperatures have been rising. over decades, and this year have been well above normal

And, as can be expected, sea ice levels are at or below the low end of historic ranges

In the Antarctic, it is heading into fall, but they are seeing summer like temperatures

Weather stations in Antarctica shattered records Friday as the region neared autumn. The two-mile high (3,234 meters) Concordia station was at 10 degrees (-12.2 degrees Celsius),which is about 70 degrees warmer than average, while the even higher Vostok station hit a shade above 0 degrees (-17.7 degrees Celsius), beating its all-time record by about 27 degrees (15 degrees Celsius), according to a tweet from extreme weather record tracker Maximiliano Herrera.

The coastal Terra Nova Base was far above freezing at 44.6 degrees (7 degrees Celsius).

Severe Weather Europe explains the origins of this warming trend

The warm air mass of the heatwave traveled from Australia towards Antarctica has also been making parts of southeastern Australia feel unseasonably warm. On Thursday, the town of Hobart climbed almost 10 ° C above average to a top of 29.2 ° C, while some parts of the state had their warmest March day in several years.

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