Arctic heat spasm that created the 'Beast from the East' has southern counterpart
1 March, 2018
The remarkable buckling of weather patterns in the northern hemisphere this week that has seen a relative Arctic heatwave drive frigid conditions into much of Europe has a southern counterpart that is being closely watched by scientists.
A so-called sudden stratospheric warming event pushed temperatures in the high Arctic close to and above freezing even though the region remains in total darkness in the dead of winter, stunning researchers.
That areas off Greenland normally thick with ice at this time of year are now open sea will be little comfort to millions of Europeans coping with heavy snowfall from an event dubbed the "Beast from the East".