North Pole Temperature Jumps Above Freezing From Bizarre Storms
A combination of rare and powerful weather conditions were predicted to raise temperatures at the North Pole to more than 50 degrees Fahrenheit above average on Wednesday.
The forecast appeared correct as a reading on a weather buoy drifting in ice near the pole climbed above the freezing point — an almost unthinkable temperature for the Arctic in the middle of winter considering there’s no daylight for weeks.
If the reading was accurate, it was warmer there than in many cities, including Boston, Beijing and Moscow.
The bizarre, and in some cases cataclysmic, weather reached across other regions of the North Atlantic on Wednesday. Forecasts said hurricane-force winds would blast Iceland.
In fact, the storm threatened to be one of the most powerful on record in the North Atlantic.
One feature of the weather is a sudden and severe loss of barometric pressure. If it drops fast enough, it could unleash a phenomenon ominously called a “bomb cyclone,” according to The Washington Post.
The low-pressure system disturbing the normal Arctic conditions is the same behemoth that produced devastating cyclones in the southern United States and triggered flooding along the Mississippi River in recent days.
Called Storm Frank in the United Kingdom, the heavy rain and strong winds are looming over the U.K., which is reeling from severe flooding there over the weekend.