31 Mar '15, 8pm

Antarctica has never been this hot: The record was broken twice last week

When you think of setting high temperature records, Antarctica might not be the first place that comes to mind. But because climate change is warming the poles of our planet faster than the rest (NASA explains : "energy in the atmosphere that is carried to the poles through large weather systems."), records tend to fall rather quickly. Dr. Jeff Masters at Weather Underground writes that "the warmest temperature ever recorded on the continent of Antarctica may have occurred on Tuesday, March 24, 2015, when the mercury shot up to 63.5°F (17.5°C) at Argentina's Esperanza Base on the northern tip of the Antarctic Peninsula." (shown above) When was the previous record? The day before: "the previous hottest temperature recorded in Antarctica was 63.3°F (17.4°C) set just one day previously at Argentina's Marambio Base, on a small islet just off the coast of the Antarctic Peninsul...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/climate-change/antarctica-has-n...

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