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‘Shortest summer on record’ for Arctic

It’s been rather cold at the North Pole this summer:

“Normally the high Arctic has about 90 days above freezing. This year there was less than half that,” says Steven Goddard.

And there’s this:

“The Arctic ice extent is showing a remarkable recovery from the great oscillations of 2012,” says Guimaraes.

This COULD (strong emphasis on could) have implications for the Northern Hemisphere winter on down the road. That should be a little more clear in another 6-7 weeks.

Meanwhile, the thing that really jumped out at me was the second statement. There is a lot of hand-wringing and cries of alarm when satellite imagery shows the Arctic ice extent shrinking. What we seldom hear about is nature’s resilience . . . ice can be rebuilt as quickly as it melts.

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