The North Pole “unfroze” today, experiencing a temperature high of upwards 40 degrees Fahrenheit (10 degrees celsius), a temperature that’s “unheard of” in the area during winter months, according to ABC News meteorologist Melissa Griffin. It’s usually minus 15 to minus 20 degrees Fahrenheit there at this time of year, ABC news reports.
Earlier this month, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued a report concluding the Arctic is warming twice as fast as other parts of the planet.
2015 is the warmest year ever recorded. Thirteen of the top 14 warmest years on the books have happened this century. And here in the United States, it has been a hot, strange month. Many cities across the northeast smashed their Christmas and Christmas Eve temperature records not at midday, but at the stroke of midnight. For the hundred-plus years that New York temperatures have been recorded, the city has never been warmer than 63 degrees Fahrenheit on a December 24. Yet at 1 a.m. on Christmas Eve of this year, the thermometer measured 67 degrees.
— The Atlantic (@TheAtlantic) December 30, 2015