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Parts of the Arctic Spiked to 45 Degrees Above Normal

Meanwhile, Europe is bitterly cold.

Robinson MeyerFeb 27, 2018

Even as the North Pole soared above freezing, much of Europe—including Moscow, above—shivered. Alexander Zemlianichenko / AP

In December, a team of U.S. government scientists released a “report card” on the Arctic.

Their top conclusion was pithy, comprehensive, and bleak.

The Arctic, they said, “shows no sign of returning to [the] reliably frozen region of recent past decades.”

Now, it’s almost like the environment is trying to prove them right.

Though the sun hasn’t shone on the central Arctic for more than four months, the region is currently gripped by historic, record-breaking warmth.

On Sunday, the temperature at the North Pole rose to about the melting point, and parts of the Arctic were more than 50 degrees Fahrenheit warmer than normal.

A handful of Arctic scientists spent the weekend…

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