Despite 'Unremarkable' Temps, More Ice Melt Woes
Records set throughout the Arctic
By Mark Russell, Newser Staff
Posted Dec 6, 2012 10:50 AM CST
This climate map shows how temperatures around the Arctic have increased in the past decade compared to the 30 years prior.   (NOAA: http://www.climatewatch.noaa.gov/image/2012/arctic-temperature-patterns-2012-and-2001-2011)

(Newser) – Despite "unremarkable" temperatures across the Arctic over the past year, melting around the region continues to set records, reports LiveScience. Among the findings of the latest Arctic Report Card released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association yesterday (its largest such report since starting them in 2006):

  • Snow coverage in the northern hemisphere hit an all-time low in June.

  • Sea ice reached an all-time low in September.
  • The Greenland ice sheet set a new melting record, with 97% of it registering as melting on a day in July (the country saw its warmest summer in 170 years).
"What happens in the Arctic doesn't always stay in the Arctic. We're seeing Arctic changes in the ocean and the atmosphere that affect weather patterns elsewhere," said a NOAA official. You can read the full NOAA report here, or click for more on polar ice sheet woes.

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DalaiLama
Dec 7, 2012 11:53 AM CST
Another negative article about global warming. Can't we acknowledge the positives? During any climate change there will be winners and losers, yet all we talk about are the losers. Plants love CO2. More CO2 means more plants, as in crops for food. As some areas might overwarm, other areas will benefit from a longer growing season. Warmer weather means less need for heat and burning fossil fuels. I live in the northern U.S. and frankly, I am loving global warming.
right2dave
Dec 7, 2012 7:05 AM CST
Scotch on the rocks please!
JoeQ
Dec 6, 2012 4:17 PM CST
I suspect that even if temperatures were exactly the same, you'd see extra melting from the effect of soot.