Publication Date February 23, 2016

Arctic heat wave; sea ice at record February low

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Global Forecast System data, via University of Maine

The rare Arctic warmth is already causing a decline in Arctic sea ice coverage, at a time of the year when ice cover is historically still increasing toward peak coverage in March. In an eye opening development, current Arctic sea ice coverage is at record lows for February and is tracking well below the previous record year of 2012