A massive summer storm settled over the Arctic and melted a lot of the ice just with the wind and the pressures caused by the storm. Not all the ice is gone, but it’s noticeable in the satellite images, just over the last week.
The storm started out in Siberia where less snow cover on the land contributed to its ferocity. It moved over the ice pack in the Arctic Ocean and gained strength over the unusually warm waters. You can see the sea ice melting in the time-lapse images below. Also, look at the southeastern side of Greenland and you’ll notice a chunk of ice just vanish.
Massive Arctic storm batters sea ice (via Skeptical Science)
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