Earth’s Pole Warms, Antarctica and Arctic Experiencing Extreme Heat

KOMPAS.com – Two poles Earth reported warming. Temperature in Antartika and Arctic experiencing strange extreme heat simultaneously.

Quoted from PhysTuesday (22/3/2022), the temperature is in South Pole Earth, Antarctica is recorded to have warmed by about 40 degrees Celsius, warmer than average. While the Arctic, Arctic Pole Earth, hot temperatures reach about 30 degrees Celsius, warmer than average.

Last week, a weather station in Antarctica broke temperature records as the region nears autumn.

Concordia Station, which is at an altitude of 3,234 meters, was at a temperature of -12.2 degrees Celsius, which is about 70 degrees warmer than the average temperature.

Meanwhile, Antarctica temperature monitoring at Vostok Station, which is located at a higher altitude, reached -17.7 degrees Celsius, beating an all-time record of around 15 degrees Celsius, according to a tweet from the records tracker. extreme weather Maximilian Herrera.

Meanwhile, temperatures at the coastal Terra Nova weather base were well above freezing at 7 degrees Celsius.

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Temperature condition the poles of the Earth this surprised officials at the National Snow and Ice Data Center in Boulder, Colorado. Because, they have noticed that the North Pole, where the temperature is 50 degrees warmer than average.

In addition, observations in the area around the North Pole are also approaching the melting point. According to ice center scientist Walt Meier, the conditions were really unusual in mid-March.

“This (Earth’s North and South Pole observation posts) are opposite seasons. You don’t see that the north and south (poles) are both melting at the same time. This is clearly an unusual occurrence,” Meier told The Associated Press.

“I’ve never seen anything like this in Antarctica,” said University of Colorado ice scientist Ted Scambos, who recently returned from an expedition to the continent.

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“Not a good sign when you see that kind of thing (the temperature of two Earth’s poles are heating up) happened,” said University of Wisconsin meteorologist Matthew Lazzara.

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SHUTTERSTOCK/nwdph An illustration of the Adelie penguin in Antarctica. A rare species of penguin that only lives in Antarctica, the South Pole.

Lazzara monitored temperatures at East Antarctica’s Dome C-ii and recorded 14 degrees (-10 degrees Celsius) on Friday, 18/3/2022, where the normal is -45 degrees (-43 degrees Celsius).

“That’s the temperature you should see in January, not March. January is summer there. It’s dramatic,” he said.

Experts say that what’s happening in Antarctica, Earth’s South Pole, may just be a random weather phenomenon and not a sign climate change.

However, if that happens again and again, they say, then there may be something to worry about that could be a sign global warming.

According to the University of Maine Climate Analyst, the continent of Antarctica as a whole last week recorded a temperature 4.8 degrees Celsius warmer than the baseline between 1979 and 2000, based on the US National Oceanic Administration’s Atmospheric Administration weather model.

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Meier says that a warming of 8 degrees above the already-warming average is unusual, thinking of it as if the entire United States was 8 degrees hotter than usual.

At the same time, on March 18, temperatures in Earth’s North Pole, the Arctic, overall warmed by 3.3 degrees Celsius compared to the 1979 and 2000 averages.

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So, what makes warming in Antarctica look weird?

Meier said that this southern continent, has not warmed up much, especially when compared to the rest of the world.

According to the Snow and Ice Data Center, Antarctica did record the lowest summer sea ice since 1979. It was shrinking to 741,000 square miles or 1.9 million square km by the end of February 2022.

While in the Earth’s North Pole, the Arctic is warming two to three times faster than other parts of the world and considered vulnerable to climate change, warm Atlantic air is coming north off the coast of Greenland.

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