Unprecedented Heat Wave Near North Pole

Long-time Slashdot reader Freshly Exhumed quotes the CBC:

Weather watchers are focused on the world’s most northerly community, which is in the middle of a record-breaking heat wave. “It’s really quite spectacular,” said David Phillips, Environment Canada’s chief climatologist. “This is unprecedented.” The weather agency confirmed that Canadian Forces Station Alert hit a record of 21 C [69.8 F] on Sunday. On Monday, the military listening post on the top of Ellesmere Island had reached 20 C [68 F] by noon and inched slightly higher later in the day.

A government report in April found that Canada was warming at twice the rate of the rest of the world, and this new article points out that recently records have been beaten “not by fractions, but by large margins.” For example, the Alert station’s average temperature had been a cool 44.6 F, and Environment Canada’s chief climatologist says a deviation of this magnitude is like the city of Toronto reaching a high of 107.6 F.

“It’s nothing that you would have ever seen.”

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