It’s been just revealed that a rare and large hole opened up in the ozone layer over the Arctic. Experts are blaming the low temperatures in the atmosphere above the north pole for this occurrence which they have been tracking for a few days now.
On the other hand, it seems that the experts are expecting this hole to disappear in the upcoming weeks, and it’s been also highlighted that this will not pose any problems for us.
“It’s the unusual temperatures this year that led to unusual levels of polar stratospheric clouds, which led to unusual ozone depletion,” according to Paul Newman, chief scientist for earth sciences at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center.
Fox News also wanted to mention the fact that this hole is not at all related in any way to the coronavirus pandemic-related shutdowns that have been causing pollution to decrease and lowered greenhouse gas emissions.
Speaking about the coronavirus, there’s been a lot of debate as to where this novel virus really came from.
You should check out our previous article in order to learn more. Covid-19 is still rapidly spreading all over the world, and this pandemic has changed our whole lives, and some analysts even say that we’ll never be able to go back to the way life used to be.
The ozone hole is a geophysical curiosity
“The hole is principally a geophysical curiosity,” Vincent-Henri Peuch, director of the Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service, told The Guardian as cited by Fox News.
He continued and explained that “We monitored unusual dynamic conditions, which drive the process of chemical depletion of ozone. [Those dynamics] allowed for lower temperatures and a more stable vortex than usual over the Arctic, which then triggered the formation of polar stratospheric clouds and the catalytic destruction of ozone.”
The report released by The Guardian said that it’s too soon to determine whether the stable Arctic polar vortex conditions are related to the global warming or they are simply a part of the normal stratospheric weather variability.