Warmest winter on record in Arctic

    Anchorage, Alaska (KINY) Sea ice hit record lows this year according to new US Weather data.

    Scientists said the global warming cycle played a role in ice storms in Europe and the US Southeast this year.

    Mark Serreze, Director of the National Snow and Ice Data Center in Boulder, Colorado said in all of his studies since 1982, he has never seen anything like this.

    The weather station located closest to the North Pole, in Greenland, spend more than 60 hours above freezing in February.  This above freezing temperatures have occurred only twice before in history

    Barrow, Alaska was more than 18 degrees above normal in February, and was 14 degrees above normal since winter began.  Arctic weather stations averaged 8.8 degrees above normal.

    In February, Arctic sea ice covered 5.4 million square miles (13.9 million square kilometers), about 62,000 square miles (160,000 square kilometers) smaller than last year's record low, the ice data center said Tuesday. The difference is an area about the size of the state of Georgia. Sea ice coverage in February also was 521,000 square miles (1.4 million square kilometers) below the 30-year normal, an area nearly twice the size of Texas.

    Sea ice is frozen ocean water that, in contrast to icebergs and glaciers, forms, grows and melts on the ocean.

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