It’s been just revealed that the arctic weather is being influenced by something unexpected from the ocean.
Winter now has its grip on the Arctic Ocean, but a part of the Arctic seems to be resisting its grasp, as Gizmodo puts it.
Sea ice growth is stalling out in one of the gateway seas that are leading to the heart of the Arctic Ocean.
The Chukchi Sea has a sea ice extent that is more reminiscent of summer than the early winter.
This is reportedly a sign that something is not how it should be in the waters at the highest latitudes of the globe.
The online pubcalition mentioned above notes that “Sea ice data crunched by University of California, Irvine PhD candidate and Arctic watcher Zack Labe shows that ice extent is the lowest on record for this time of year by a long shot.”
It’s been revealed that the Arctic sea ice as a whole sits at its third-lowest extent on record for this time.
The summer heat is melting the ice
The intense heat during the summer helped melt the ice, and the result was that this year’s Arctic sea ice minimum had been the second-lowest on record.
This meant that more dark and open water was available to absorb the rays of the sun and heat up itself, says Gizmodo.
Even now, the last rays of summer are still present in the waters, and this makes it hard for the sea ice to form.
The disappearing sea ice and more open water will make sure that the region will continue to heat faster compared to the rest of the world.
This is a really vicious cycle that places the Arctic on the edge of a tipping point into “a more volatile state unrecognizable from the Arctic we know today.”