Arctic sea ice at record low levels

Courtesy of NSIDC

The latest Arctic sea ice extent are at historic lows levels for late October, which reflects the toll the warming from this years record high temperatures across the Arctic, and particularly northern Russia have had on it. Ice extents are less the two thirds of what they should be, and almost 11% lower (3.27 million square kilometres) than at the same time in 2019. There are still vast area of the Arctic ocean that remain ice free, which does make you wonder what effect that this coupled with the La Niña event that’s just begun in the central Pacific will have on the weather patterns during this coming winter in the northern hemisphere, we could be in for a bumpy ride.

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