Weather Bell via Washington Post
A storm and humongous wind field covers Iceland, the UK and parts of Europe, and sends temperatures above freezing at the North Pole.

‘Bomb Cyclone’ Lashes North Pole, Sends Temps Above Freezing


The North Pole is becoming the Slush Pole as one of the strongest storms in recorded history lashes at the roof of Mother Earth, pushing temperatures 50 degrees above normal for the year, exceeding the freezing mark.

It traveled all the way from Texas, where it spurred two devastating tornadoes and flooded rivers.

“From Tuesday evening to Wednesday morning, a mind-boggling pressure drop was recorded in Iceland: 54 millibars in just 18 hours,” the Washington Post reported on December 30. “This triples the criteria for ‘bomb’ cyclogenesis, which meteorologists use to describe a rapidly intensifying mid-latitude storm. A ‘bomb’ cyclone is defined as dropping one millibar per hour for 24 hours.”

The Washington Post reported Wednesday-morning temperatures “over a vast area around the North Pole” to be between 30 and 35 degrees Fahrenheit, exceeding 32 degrees briefly.

This is the time of year when “The sun has not risen above the North Pole since mid-September,” The Atlantic noted. “The sea ice—flat, landlike, windswept, and stretching as far as the eye can see—has been bathed in darkness for months.”

And yet.

While the warmer weather that struck Northeastern Turtle Island over Christmas is not unheard-of, especially with an El Niño weather pattern in the picture, the dynamics are not playing out as they normally would, The Atlantic said. The storm, which reached Iceland on December 30, blew through the Jet Stream, which would normally be reinforced, not weakened, by El Niño, The Atlantic said.

Winter temperatures at the North Pole average 20 degrees below zero, the Washington Post pointed out.

The rogue weather pattern was not expected to affect Inuit lands in Canada, according to the Nunatsiaq News, even though it put North Pole temperatures more at the level of Vancouver's.

“It’s quite unseasonable and remarkable really,” Environment Canada meteorologist Kirk Torneby told the newspaper, adding that it was not expected to have much dramatic effect in Nunavut. “The upper part of the system will slowly transition across to Baffin to merge with another one and bring a little bit of warm air up between Baffin and Greenland, but not really affecting Canada’s weather so much.”

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