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A prelude to the Arctic melting season:

A prelude to the Arctic melting season Posted on 12 February 2012 by Neven This is a summary/re-write of a recent blog post on the Arctic Sea Ice blog. We are entering the final stage of the freezing season in the Arctic. The sea ice has reached all shores, and where there aren't shores it reaches as far south as the winds and currents will permit. Or, at least it used to go like that. Ice growth had been relatively slow in sea ice regions like the Barents Sea, Kara Sea and Greenland Sea (see this Cryosphere Today map to get an idea of where the regions are), but nothing (much) out of the ordinary. However, in the past two weeks a persistent weather pattern emerged that is bringing Siberian cold to almost all of Europe, but warm air and water to Novaya Zemlya , the large island that separates the Barentsz and Kara Seas. The effect this has had can clearly be seen when comp...

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