The Gulf Stream is heating up as the 2017 El Niño strengthens
The Gulf Stream is heating up as the 2017 El Niño strengthens, fueled by record low global sea ice extent, which means a lot of extra heat is getting absorbed globally.
Over the next half year, increasingly warm waters will be carried by the Gulf Stream from the coast of North America to the Arctic Ocean.
As this warmer water arrives in the Arctic Ocean, there will no longer be the buffer of sea ice there to consume the heat, as was common for the past thousands of years and more. Additionally, warmer water looks set to arrive in an Arctic Ocean heated up like we've never seen before, as so much of the sunlight reaching the surface of the Arctic Ocean doesn't get reflected back into space anymore.
Where can all this extra heat go? Sea ice will start sealing off much of the surface of the Arctic Ocean by the end of September 2017, making it hard for more heat to enter the atmosphere. The extremely dangerous situation is that it looks like much of the extra heat will instead reach sediments at the seafloor of the Arctic Ocean that contain huge amounts of methane in currently still frozen hydrates.
Arctic Sea ice is breaking up and flowing through Bering Strait
Arctic Sea Ice 04 02 2017. While the "flock" has been squabbling, Bering Sea ice has been breaking up and Arctic Sea ice is breaking up. Arctic Sea ice is flowing through the Bering Strait, almost unnoticed.
Within five hours today, the area swept by the raging fires expanded by one and a half times, reaching more than 2,000 hectares.
The weather in the Siberian region is dry, warm and windy.
The local Ministry of Natural Resources reported 20 epicentres of wildfires.
323 firefighters were involved, and 66 units of equipmentdeployed to stop the fires.
A state of emergency was declared in Chitinsky and Khiloksky districts of the region
We haven’t quite gotten to the global ‘year without a winter’ yet. But it sure looks like we’re heading in that direction –fast.
Southeast England, which includes the capital, had the warmest month since records began in 1910, according to the U.K.’s Met Office. The average temperature of 9.2 degrees Celsius (49 degrees Fahrenheit) equaled a record set in 1957, the year the Soviet Union launched Sputnik 1, the first human-made object in space. The U.K. overall had its fifth-warmest March on record.
The trend is supposed to continue into April across the whole of Europe, according to meteorologists surveyed by Bloomberg. An early start to summer could raise the risk of drought and further reduce heat and power prices, which have plunged since February.
April “is looking very dry across Iberia,” said Claire Kennedy-Edwards, a senior meteorologist at Atlanta-based The Weather Co. “Very dry springtime conditions over Iberia, resulting in soil moisture deficits, can lead to a greater risk of heat wave events over Europe.”
March was 1.8 degrees Celsius (3.2 Fahrenheit) warmer than average, according to the Met Office. It was also unusually bright, with 21 percent more hours of sunshine than usual. Precipitation was near normal levels except in Wales, where 164.7 millimeters (6.5 inches) of rain fell, 141 percent of the seasonal norm.
As the lower atmosphere becomes warmer, evaporation rates will increase, resulting in an increase in the amount of moisture circulating throughout the troposphere (lower atmosphere). An observed consequence of higher water vapor concentrations is the increased frequency of intense precipitation events… — NASA’s Earth Observatory
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