The Arctic is experiencing a summer-like winter this year as temperatures soar 20°- 30°C higher than normal.
In a little over a week, temperatures north of Greenland, and towards the North Pole, have jumped by 20 to 30 oC, putting some areas above the freezing mark, even while they're still in the darkest depths of winter.
The weather station at Cape Morris Jesup, at the northern tip of Greenland, saw temperatures climb from near -30oC to a few degrees above zero, in a matter of a few days, and then roller-coaster between the -20s and above freezing twice since then.
As temperatures are forecast to remain warmer than usual, what might the impact be?
In addition to that large rift that developoed [sic] in the sea ice north of Greenland, this is contributing to the very slow rate of ice growth across the region, which currently has Arctic sea ice extents on their way towards yet another lowest winter maximum on record - the fourth such record low in a row.