WION Web Team Delhi, India
Feb 27, 2018, 09.55 AM
The North Pole is experiencing a sudden surge in temperatures which has left the environmentalists and experts stunned. The North Pole is usually at its coldest around this time of the year. Despite this, the region has seen a historic thaw after an enormous storm pumped an intense pulse of heat through the Greenland Sea.
It is unlikely for the North Pole to get the sight of the Sun until till March 20; meanwhile, the temperature in the region has already mounted to 35 degrees Fahrenheit, around 2 degree Celsius.
According to Zack Labe, a climate scientist from the University of California at Irvine, this is one of the most expansive warm intrusions to have hit the region for the longest time.
"No other warm intrusions were very close to this," Labe said in an interview, describing a data set maintained by the Danish Meteorological Institute that dated back to 1958. "I was taken by surprise how expansive this warm intrusion was," Labe noted.
Some of the previously conducted studies have noted climatic intrusions to have become more frequent ever since the 1980s.
The change in temperature has been linked to the decline of winter sea ice in the Arctic; January's ice extent was the lowest on record.