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Above-Freezing North Pole Caps Year of Arctic Extremes

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In the darkness of an Arctic noon, a blast of (relatively) warm air blew over a buoy very near the North Pole this Wednesday. For a brief time, the temperature rose above freezing. The storm system that dumped record-breaking rain on England this week had flung a mass of warm, southern air over the North Pole, pushing the temperature more than 10 degrees Celsius above normal. It's not the first time it's been this warm up there this late in the year. Since 1948, the...

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