Feb 7, 2016

Climate: Arctic sea ice at record low in January

Arctic Bay, NU
Canada
by
Bob Berwyn
,
Summit County Citizens Voice
Arctic sea ice extent is declining at a rate of about 3.2 percent per decade. Photo: Bob Berwyn
Arctic sea ice extent is declining at a rate of about 3.2 percent per decade. Photo: Bob Berwyn

Arctic sea ice extent in January was the lowest in the satellite record, according to the latest monthly update from the National Snow and Ice Data Center. Scientists said the new record monthly low was likely the result of  unusually high air temperatures over the Arctic Ocean and a strong negative phase of the Arctic Oscillation for the first three weeks of the month