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Topic - Coming of the Ice Age - 2016
Posted: December 31 2015 at 10:17am By jacksdad
I posted this in the "severe weather" thread, but it bears repeating. Strange things afoot with the weather...


Freak storm pushes North Pole 50 degrees above normal to melting point

By Angela Fritz 

December 30 at 7:12 PM 
(This story has been updated to include buoy measurements that confirm the North Pole temperature climbed above 32 degrees on Wednesday.)
 
A powerful winter cyclone — the same storm that led to two tornado outbreaks in the United States and disastrous river flooding — has driven the North Pole to the freezing point this week, 50 degrees above average for this time of year. 
From Tuesday evening to Wednesday morning, a mind-boggling pressure drop was recorded in Iceland: 54 millibars in just 18 hours. This triples the criteria for “bomb” cyclogenesis, which meteorologists use to describe a rapidly intensifying mid­ latitude storm. A “bomb” cyclone is defined as dropping one millibar per hour for 24 hours. 
NOAA’s Ocean Prediction Center said the storm’s minimum pressure dropped to 928 millibars around 1 a.m. Eastern time, which likely places it in the top five strongest storms on record in this region. [Washington, D.C., eclipses warmest December on record by an enormous margin] “According to the center’s records, the all­ time strongest storm in this area occurred on Dec. 15, 1986, and that had a minimum central pressure of 900 millibars,” Mashable’s Andrew Freedman reported on Tuesday. “The second strongest storm occurred in January 1993, with a pressure of 916 millibars.”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/capital-weather-gang/wp/2015/12/30/freak-storm-has-pushed-north-pole-to-freezing-point-50-degrees-above-normal/