A few weeks ago, BRT did a post titled Bomb Cyclone, a piece describing, 1: what a bomb cyclone is and 2: just how warm the Arctic got thanks to the aforementioned BC coming in violent contact with a European storm resulting in temperatures rising above freezing at the North Pole. Now comes a NY Times article titled T Shirt Weather in the Arctic describing the negative impact of GW in that region of the world in ways that truly boggle the mind.
WE crested the northern rim of Alaska’s Brooks Range, and from the windows of our truck looked out across the undulating foothills toward the Arctic Ocean. Instead of seeing snow as we had in years past, we were greeted by a landscape already green with spring.
We flew by helicopter to our remote camp and shed our heavy parkas. The fish we had come to study had already disappeared downstream to spawn.
We now realize that what we saw last May was historic — the hottest May for Alaska’s North Slope during what scientists recently concluded was the hottest year on record for the earth. We also saw the future.
The 900lb gorilla has arrived.