how much warmer than ‘normal’ the entire region of the Arctic
above the 66 degree North Latitude Line was earlier today. Areas
within this large warm pool saw temperatures spike to a range of 15
to 25 C warmer than the already warmer than normal 1981-2010 base
period. And broad regions saw temperature between 10 and 20 C above
that 30-year average.
entire Arctic is an incredible 5.5 C warmer than normal today.
Meanwhile, Arctic sea ice extent has plunged, once-more, into record
low ranges. Image source: Climate
as during last year’s ridiculously warm Arctic winter, the sea ice
has taken a considerable pounding. Yesterday
dropping to a new record low extent of 13.774 million square
Beating out the previous record low for the day set just last year.
And dipping more than 1.8 million square kilometers below the
1979-1990 average. A period that already featured greatly reduced
Arctic sea ice cover when compared to extents seen in the early 20th
sea ice extent for 2018 [lower pink line above] dipped into new
record low ranges during recent days. Note that the 1979 – 1990
extent average is indicated by the green line at top. Image