Arctic sea ice extent above levels not seen since 2013

Arctic sea ice extent above levels not seen since 2013

Arctic’s seasonal sea ice loss began more slowly in May 2022 than in the recent years as air temperatures were closer to the 1981 to 2010 average. The month ended with the highest sea ice extent since 2013 – the 14th lowest in the satellite record.

South Pole registers coldest winter on record

South Pole registers coldest winter on record

A weather station at the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station registered record cold winter temperatures this season (April – September), averaging at -61.1 °C (-77.9 °F) and breaking the previous record set in 1976 at -60.6 °C (-77 °F). Weather records…

Scientists identify new atmospheric circulation over the Arctic

Scientists identify new atmospheric circulation over the Arctic

A team of scientists from Japan, South Korea, and the USA, has identified a new pattern of atmospheric circulation around the Arctic that could drive co-occurrences of heatwaves and large-scale wildfires over the region, particularly in Siberia and subpolar North…

Antarctica hit by 30 000 earthquakes in 3 months

Antarctica hit by 30 000 earthquakes in 3 months

More than 30 000 earthquakes have been registered in the Bransfield Strait, an ocean channel between the South Shetland Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula, since the end of August 2020, according to the University of Chile. The strait is now expanding 15 cm (6…

Arctic ozone levels hit record low in March

Arctic ozone levels hit record low in March

An analysis of satellite observations shows that ozone levels over the Arctic hit a record low for the month of March, NASA researchers reported on April 16, 2020. Ozone levels reached their lowest point on March 12 at 205 Dobson units. The depletion was caused by…

Rare ozone hole opens over the Arctic, likely the largest in history

Rare ozone hole opens over the Arctic, likely the largest in history

A huge ozone hole has opened this year over the Arctic. While ozone holes normally form in the Antarctic zone every year because winter temperatures drop to extremely low values, allowing high-altitude clouds to develop– the Arctic has more varying temperatures and…

Rare, unusually large ozone hole develops over the Arctic-Canadian region

Rare, unusually large ozone hole develops over the Arctic-Canadian region

A huge area of sustained ozone depletion has developed over the Arctic-Canadian region — too late for the winter season, too early for spring, and unusually strong for the northern hemisphere. The ozone layer is a natural layer of protective gas in the upper…