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Arctic Not So Chilly During Record Warm Winter, Scientists Say

Winter at the top of the world wimped out this year. The Arctic just finished its warmest winter on record. And sea ice hit record lows for this time of year, with plenty of open water where ocean water normally freezes into thick sheets of ice, new U.S. weather data show. Scientists say what's happening is unprecedented, part of a global warming-driven vicious cycle that most likely plays a role in strong, icy storms in Europe and the U.S. Northeast. "It's just crazy,...

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