Extreme weather events tied to loss of Arctic sea ice

September 24, 2014 9:55 PM

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NASA image captured this true-color image on August 14, 2011. The clouds parted over the northeast Barents Sea region of the Arctic Ocean in late summer, 2011 allowing a view of the ice-covered islands of Franz Josef Land, Russia forming a stark-white contrast to the surrounding dark sea water. (Creative Commons photo by NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.)

‘Snowpoclypse’, ‘Snowmageddon’, ‘Frankenstorm’, and this year’s ‘Polar Vortex’ are all names that were attached to recent extreme winter weather events in the Lower 48.

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