US weather data has revealed that the Artic has experienced its warmest winter on record, with sea ice hitting record lows for the time of year. The land weather station closest to the North Pole spent more than 60 hours above freezing in February. Prior to this year, it had only risen above freezing twice in February, and only very briefly. February’s record high temperatures have been more like those typical of May, astounding climate scientists.
This is the latest in a number of events showing the growing impact of climate change, and the rate at which it appears to be accelerating. Above average temperatures in the Arctic are likely to occur with greater regularity, which will lead to more extreme weather events occurring on a global scale.