Caleb takes a look at the evolution of the ‘unprecedented’ recent warmth in the Arctic (Joe Bastardi on Twitter pointed out that 1976 was similar but not as strong) and how “the warm southerly flow [turned] off like a spigot.
Caleb saw this (my emphasis);
“CryoSat shows that the ice was thicker at the end of summer than in most other years, at 116 cm on average.This means there was substantially more ice this year than in 2011Thicker ice can occur if melting is lower, or if snowfall or ice compaction is higher”
The Pole continues to make for interesting theater, though the drama has died down from what it was a week ago, when temperatures were soaring to 35 degrees above normal and the ice at the north edge of Barents Sea was retreating. Fueling this weather was a strong south wind from the Atlantic that at times pushed right past the Pole towards the Pacific, thus confusing everybody, because a south wind became a north wind without changing direction. This flow achieved its peak around November 14:
By November 16 the flow was pushing an Atlantic low and its secondary up through Fram Strait, whereupon, due to the strict laws of this website, they are automatically dubbed “Ralph”. The southerly flow, while remaining southerly, had swung east, and was now coming less off the Atlantic and more off shore from Europe, but it nearly was able to push above-freezing temperatures to…
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