Sun sets in the Barents Sea. Photo: Thomas Nilsen

Top of the world sees yet another heat record month

Planet earth, and particularly the Arctic, is heating up with average temperatures never seen before for the 11th month in a row.
April 18, 2016

The three first months of 2016 have been a continuation of the extreme heat wave seen in high Arctic in late December last year when Christmas temperatures at the North Pole reached up to 0° Celsius.

NASA recently published March temperature data for the planet, showing the same pat as scientists have seen over the last 11 months, year another monthly heat record since global temperature

The planet temperature map by NASA shows how temperatures today differ from the 1951-1980 average. Particularly Arctic measurements are of concern with abnormal heat ranging from 2 to 6° C above average for the three first months of 2016.


Map by NASA.

Scientists say a combination of global warming and the current El Nino cause the record heat wave.

In February, the Arctic sea ice seen from satellites clearly proved something is terribly wrong. Instead of growing, like normally mid-winter, extent of the sea ice declined in European part of the Arctic, including the Barents- and East Greenland Seas.

Also the waters west and northwest of Novaya Zemlya had way less sea ice than normal.  

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