There are a couple of reporters out there who write really good articles about the Arctic, and Alaska Dispatch News' Yereth Rosen is one of them. Just a couple of days ADN published this article of hers on the extreme temperature anomalies in the Arctic this year. Below is an excerpt, and below that I have a couple of notes on recent temperatures and the short-term forecast.
Persistent Arctic and sub-Arctic warmth expected to continue for months
The Arctic has been gripped in extraordinary warmth since December, when an Atlantic storm blew in from the south and pushed temperatures near the North Pole to about the point of thaw.
Expect that unusual warmth to continue, at least in the short term, experts advise.
Temperatures in eastern Siberia and parts of Alaska could reach above 80 degrees in coming days, according to the University of Maine's Climate Reanalyzer. Temperatures are likely to be above normal in all of Alaska this June and all the way through October, according to the National Weather Service's Climate Prediction Center. Most of Canada is also likely to have higher-than-normal temperatures, at least through fall, according to Environment Canada's seasonal forecasts.
"It has been an outlier year," Slater said.
He identified four "notable zones" of unusual warmth in the Arctic and circumpolar north — the central Arctic, which was warmed up by the December storm; the Barents and Kara seas, where lack of winter ice allowed heat and moisture to stream into the atmosphere; southwestern Alaska, where ice was especially low in the Bering Sea; and the land areas of Siberia.
Read the rest here.
Finally, fi-nal-ly, the trend line on the DMI 80N temperature graph has dipped below average, after being in positive territory for the entire year so far (something never seen before). This graph shows the (modelled) daily mean temperature of the Arctic area north of the 80th northern parallel, shown on the image to the right (found here):