The crushing effects of climate change are confusing scientists that are versed in the global warming crisis. In a bizarre, widespread warming event, both Arctic and Antarctic temperatures have risen massively, and scientists were suitably confused.
Why did the Arctic and Antarctic temperatures rise?
Via The Independent, extreme heat events ravaged both the Arctic and Antarctic last week. In what has been described as a freak occurrence, both of the Earth’s poles heavily rose in temperatures at the same time.
On Friday, stations across both poles broke records at the same time. Concordia Station, a research station on the Antarctic Plateau, rose by a temperature of 104° Fahrenheit warmer than normal. Additionally, Vostok Station, a Russian Antarctic research station, saw a temperature rise of 63.86° higher, 60° higher than its all-time record.
Meanwhile, temperatures also rose in the North Pole. Multiple stations saw temperatures 30° above normal temperatures. The warmer climate was also seen across Norway, Greenland and Franz Josef Land. Some areas were near melting point while others, such as Terra Nova, were far above freezing.
Researchers at the National Snow and Ice Data Centre were suitably bewildered. The team was reasonably concerned about the certain areas of both of the Arctic and Antarctic getting hotter simultaneously.
“They are opposite seasons. You don’t see the north and the south [poles] both melting at the same time!” said National Snow and Ice Data Centre scientist Walt Meier. “It’s definitely an unusual occurrence.”
A random weather event? Or something more?
Of course, with the climate crisis being as terrifying as it is, the idea of a massive spike in both Arctic and Antarctic temperatures sounds like a big issue. However, while it is a perplexing issue, multiple scientists believe we shouldn't really worry.
Nevertheless, researchers are also saying that this freak weather event will need to be closely monitored. A close eye is being kept on the situation, making sure that if it does happen again it will be noticed as soon as it happens.
If both areas end up rising simultaneously again, then it may be a sign of intense climate change. Of course, on the occasion, then there will be some cause for concern. However, according to scientists, we shouldn't worry for now.