Anchorage 54.0 °F
Fairbanks 52.0 °F
Juneau 53.0 °F
Arctic Ice At Record Low
Early Warning Sign?
A report from the National Snow and Ice Data Center also setting off new warnings about the rapid changes in the Arctic.
The low point setting a new record, with sea ice covering 1.32 million square miles or 24% of the Arctic Ocean. The previous record low was 29% that mark set in 2007.
Scientists consider the rapid warming as a prime example of the long term consequences of what heat trapping emissions are doing on a global basis. Unproven at this point, some believe the collapsing sea ice is already altering the Northern Hemispheres atmospheric patterns.
This Summers measurements of the Greenland Sheet Ice are showing surface melt effecting 97% of the ice.