It’s cold! Mount Washington in New Hampshire records minus 108 wind chill
The burst of Arctic air that enveloped the Northeast on Saturday included a record-setting wind chill of minus 108 degrees Fahrenheit at the summit of Mount Washington in New Hampshire. The National Weather Service pegged the wind chill at minus 108. The previous wind chill record was minus 105, set in Alaska, CNN reported. Based on records at the observatory, the wind chill also could have been at minus 108 or below on Jan. 22, 1885, USA Today reported. With an average speed of 89 mph, a wind chill below minus 108 degrees was possible, Brettschneider said.wftv.com
Mount Washington experiences record-setting wind chill
BOSTON — (AP) — The Arctic air that descended on the Northeast on Saturday brought dangerously cold sub-zero temperatures and wind chills to the region, including a record-setting wind chill of minus 108 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 78 C) on the summit of Mount Washington in New Hampshire. “This is just kind of an Arctic intrusion," said Stephen Baron, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Gray, Maine. In New York’s Adirondack Mountains, Old Forge recorded a temperature early Saturday of minus 36 degrees (minus 38 C) degrees. Temperatures plunged into the negative teens in dozens of other cities and towns, with wind chill making it feel even colder. “That's quite a change,” the National Weather Service's Baron said.wftv.com
Dangerously cold temperatures envelop Northeast
BOSTON — (AP) — Arctic air descended into the Northeast on Saturday morning, bringing dangerously cold sub-zero temperatures and wind chills that dropped to minus 45 to minus 50 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 43 to minus 45 C) in many areas. Gin Koo, 36, braved the cold to take his Boston terrier, Bee, out for a necessary walk. Temperatures plunged into the negative teens in dozens of other cities and towns, with wind chill making it feel even colder. Mackenzie Glasser, owner of Ozzie’s Coffee Bar in Old Forge, said frigid temperatures are just part of living in the Adirondacks. The good news is that the cold air is expected to move out of much of the region by Sunday, when temperatures could rise to the 40s.wftv.com
Norway's last Arctic miners struggle with coal mine's end
ADVENTDALEN, Norway — (AP) — Kneeling by his crew as they drilled steel bolts into the low roof of a tunnel miles-deep into an Arctic mountain, Geir Strand reflected on the impact of their coal mine’s impending closure. From his childhood, the Svalbard native recalls the rhythmic clanking of the coal carts making their way across town, every day except Sunday. “If you don’t take coal from us, you’ll take coal from someone else where it’s not that good – the world needs to take coal for your Tesla battery,” he said. Even windmill components need coal, added Elias Hagebø, his face smeared with coal dust as he grabbed a quick lunch in the mine’s underground break room. “It’s not the right way to do it,” said Sandvoll, a miner’s son with 20 years in mining.wftv.com
2022 was fifth or sixth warmest on record as Earth heats up
Last year was 2 degrees (1.1 degrees Celsius) warmer than the mid-19th century, NASA said. The United Nations weather agency said the last 10 years average 1.14 degrees Celsius warmer than pre-industrial times. “The La Nina years of today aren’t the La Nina years of yesterday,” said North Carolina state climatologist Kathie Dello. “That would suggest that 2024 would be the record warmest year by quite a large amount,” Schmidt said in an interview with The Associated Press. That year would go on to be the record warmest at the time.wftv.com
In polar night, Norway-Russia kids event lights up Christmas
“We who live in the north in darkness, we know how much the light means,” said the Rev. Siv Limstrand as she handed out the slim yellow candles popular in Orthodox churches to the children after the Gospel reading. It was put in doubt again by the war in Ukraine, which also disrupted the occasional visits by Orthodox priests. While she missed having an Orthodox priest on Christmas, she was delighted with this “unusual” celebration that the children had worked hard to prepare. Then a clunky bus drove the Norwegian group over snow-packed streets back to the port for the long ride home.wftv.com
US Declares Texas Grid Emergency in Arctic Blast
(Bloomberg) -- The US Energy Department declared a power emergency in Texas, citing a shortage of electricity as an Arctic winter blast causes power plants to fail. Most Read from BloombergChina Estimates Covid Surge Is Infecting 37 Million People a DayEastern US Power Grid Orders Cuts Amid System-Wide EmergencyAlameda’s Former CEO Ellison Said She, Bankman-Fried Misled FTX LendersPower Outages, Flight Delays as US Storm Leaves Trail of ChaosChina Is Likely Seeing 1 Million Covid Cases, 5,000 Denews.yahoo.com
EXPLAINER: Arctic blast sweeps US, causes bomb cyclone
The weather system, dubbed a "bomb cyclone," is disrupting travel and causing hazardous winter conditions. Where is this winter weather coming from, and what's in store for the coming days? A front of cold air is moving down from the Arctic, sending temperatures plunging. And for those planning to hit the road for the holidays, “you’re going to have pretty serious whiteout conditions,” Maue cautioned. But with the huge amount of cold air coming through, we could see a rare bomb cyclone forming over land.wftv.com
Local business shares in the Christmas spirit with donation to Toys for Tots
ORLANDO, Fla. — On Wednesday, employees of Frank Gay Services donated over 600 toys to the Toys for Tots program. See: These pets are still looking for homes for the holidays in Central FloridaAlong with toys employees held a raffle where that raised over $1,400 for the purchase of gift cards that were used to shop for for additional toys. Read: Dunkin’ donates $27K to Orlando children’s hospitalIn 2022 the Marine Corps and WFTV Toys For Tots drive delivered over 200,000 toys to nearly 50,000 needy children in Central Florida. Expand Autoplay Image 1 of 22 Toys for Tots Drop-off at WFTV Thanks to everyone that dropped off more toys this week. Click here to download the free WFTV news and weather apps, click here to download the WFTV Now app for your smart TV and click here to stream Channel 9 Eyewitness News live.wftv.com
Canadian polar bears near 'bear capital' dying at fast rate
“The actual decline is a lot larger than I would have expected,” said Andrew Derocher, a biology professor at the University of Alberta who has studied Hudson Bay polar bears for nearly four decades. Polar bears rely on arctic sea ice — frozen ocean water — that shrinks in the summer with warmer temperatures and forms again in the long winter. That has left polar bears — all 19 populations that live across the Arctic — with less ice on which to live, hunt and reproduce. Researchers said the concentration of deaths in young bears and females in Western Hudson Bay is alarming. Young bears need energy to grow and cannot survive long periods without enough food and female bears struggle because they expend so much energy nursing and rearing offspring.wftv.com
Starving seabirds on Alaska coast show climate change peril
“Since 2017, we’ve had multi-species seabird die-offs in the Bering Strait region,” said Gay Sheffield, a biologist at University of Alaska Fairbanks, based in Nome, Alaska and a co-author of the report. And their peril jeopardizes the human communities, as well: “Birds are essential to our region — they are nutritionally and economically essential,” said Sheffield. While seabirds naturally experience some lean years, the report documents a worrying pattern, said Lyons. And satellite records revealed that for several weeks last summer, large regions near the North Pole were virtually clear of sea ice. “The sea ice extent was much lower than long-term average,” said Walt Meier, a sea ice expert at the University of Colorado Boulder and a co-author of the report.wftv.com
Patrol spots Chinese, Russian naval ships off Alaska island
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — (AP) — A U.S. Coast Guard ship on routine patrol in the Bering Sea came across a guided missile cruiser from China, officials said Monday. The patrol boat, known as a cutter called Kimball, later discovered there were two other Chinese naval ships and four Russian naval vessels, including a destroyer, all in single formation. The Coast Guard did not immediately respond to questions about the incident from The Associated Press. This wasn’t the first time Chinese naval ships have sailed near Alaska waters. In September 2021, Coast Guard cutters in the Bering Sea and North Pacific Ocean encountered Chinese ships, some about 50 miles (80 kilometers) off the Aleutian Islands.wftv.com
Patrol spots Chinese, Russian naval ships off Alaska island
A U.S. Coast Guard ship on routine patrol in the Bering Sea came across a guided missile cruiser from China, officials said Monday. The patrol boat, known as a cutter called Kimball, later discovered there were two other Chinese naval ships and four Russian naval vessels, including a destroyer, all in single formation.news.yahoo.com
"Alarming year for extremes": 2021 saw record-high greenhouse gas, ocean heat and sea levels rise, new report finds
"With many communities hit with 1,000-year floods, exceptional drought and historic heat this year, it shows that the climate crisis is not a future threat but something we must address today," one NOAA administrator said.cbsnews.com
Finland, Sweden offer NATO an edge as rivalry warms up north
Both Finland and Sweden are in a region on one of Europe's front lines and meeting places with Russia. “I spent four years, my term, trying to persuade Sweden and Finland to join NATO," former NATO secretary-general Lord George Robertson said this summer. As of just five years ago, Sweden's entire tiny national defense force could fit into one of of Stockholm's soccer stadiums, a critic noted. Like Finland, Sweden has a valued homegrown defense industry; Sweden is one of the smallest countries in the world to build its own fighter jets. NATO strategy increasingly will incorporate the strategic advantage Finland and Sweden would bring to such scenarios, analysts said.wftv.com
Finland, Sweden offer NATO an edge as rivalry warms up north
The first surprise, for the Finnish conscripts and officers taking part in a NATO-hosted military exercise in the Arctic this spring: the sudden roar of a U.S. Marine helicopter assault force, touching down in a field right next to the Finns' well-hidden command post. The second surprise: Spilling out of their field headquarters, the Finnish Signal Corps communications workers and others inside routed the U.S. Marines — the Finns' designated adversary in the NATO exercise and members of America's professional and premier expeditionary force — in the mock firefight that followed. As the exercise made clear, NATO's addition of Finland and Sweden — what President Joe Biden calls “our allies of the high north” — would bring military and territorial advantages to the Western defense alliance.news.yahoo.com
Arctic Is Warming Nearly 4 Times Faster Than Rest of the Planet
Why is the Arctic warming so much faster? This feedback loop is largely responsible for what is known as Arctic amplification, and is the explanation for why the Arctic is warming so much more than the rest of the planet. This suggests the models may not fully capture the complete feedback loops responsible for Arctic amplification and may, as a consequence, underestimate future Arctic warming and the potential consequences that accompany that. Given the exceptional pace of Arctic warming, passing this critical threshold is rapidly becoming likely. Although there are some regional differences in the magnitude of Arctic amplification, the observed pace of Arctic warming is far higher than the models implied.flaglerlive.com
Forecasting Change: Here’s where the planet is warming the fastest
This week on Forecasting Change I want to show you the part of the planet that is warming the fastest. Unbelievably, it is not Florida! We have focused on our warmer days, hot fall weather, and droughts that are part of the “new normal” in climate change, but it is the Arctic that is changing fast and where the evidence of our changing climate can be seen.
Putin hails Russian military's performance in Arctic drills
In this handout photo taken from a footage released by Russian Defense Ministry Press Service on March 26, 2021, A Russian nuclear submarine breaks through the Arctic ice during military drills at an unspecified location. Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday hailed the military's performance during recent Arctic drills, part of Moscow's efforts to expand its presence in the polar region. (Russian Defense Ministry Press Service via AP)MOSCOW – Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday hailed the military's performance during recent Arctic drills, part of Moscow's efforts to expand its presence in the polar region. Navy chief Adm. Nikolai Yevmenov reported to Putin that the exercise has featured three nuclear submarines simultaneously breaking through Arctic Ice, and warplanes flying over the North Pole. The video also showed three nuclear submarines that smashed through the Arctic ice next to one another.
EXPLAINER: Topsy-turvy weather comes from polar vortex
Meteorologists blame the all-too-familiar polar vortex. That's the polar vortex, which spins like a whirling top at the top of the planet. AdThis particular polar vortex breakdown has been a whopper. Warming in the Arctic, with shrinking sea ice, is goosing the atmospheric wave in two places, giving it more energy when it strikes the polar vortex, making it more likely to disrupt the vortex, Cohen said. PATTERN HAS BEEN OBSERVED FOR DECADESThere were strong polar vortex disruptions and cold outbreaks like this in the 1980s, Cohen said.
Polar Express: Arctic outbreak to invade parts of US
ORLANDO, Fla. – The northern tier of the country has been in the grasp of Arctic air for the last week. The core of the potentially record-breaking cold air will settle right into the Nation’s heartland over the weekend. The second is the stratospheric polar vortex which forms in the winter and resides over the polar regions way up in the stratosphere. When the stratospheric polar vortex is weak, the tropospheric polar vortex or polar jet stream also tends to weaken, allowing for Arctic air to spill into the Lower-48. (NOAA)The Arctic oscillation tracks the stability of the polar vortex.
Hot again: 2020 sets yet another global temperature record
(AP Photo/Scott Sonner)Earth’s rising fever hit or neared record hot temperature levels in 2020, global weather groups reported Thursday. “We’re expecting it to get hotter and that’s exactly what happened.”NOAA said 2020 averaged 58.77 degrees (14.88 degrees Celsius), a few hundredths of a degree behind 2016. Japan’s weather agency put 2020 as warmer than 2016, but a separate calculation by Japanese scientists put 2020 as a close third behind 2016 and 2019. Earth has now warmed 1.2 degrees Celsius (2.2 degrees Fahrenheit) since pre-industrial times and is adding another 0.2 degrees Celsius (0.36 Fahrenheit) a decade. Schmidt said fewer cooling aerosols could be responsible for .09 to .18 degrees (.05 to .1 degrees Celsius) warming for the year.
Here’s where Christmas 2020 ranks among the coldest all time in Central Florida
ORLANDO, Fla. – Christmas 2020 will rank among the coldest Christmas’ on record for Central Florida. Christmas 2020 will take a spot in the top ten coldest of all time, tying with 1995 for the sixth coldest Christmas on record. The Christmas chill arrived in dramatic fashion on Christmas Eve night with a strong Arctic cold front blasting through Central Florida. Temperature drop behind Christmas Eve's Arctic cold frontThe biggest drop in temperature occurred after the cold front moved through after 7 p.m. Christmas Eve. Florida sees numerous cold fronts plow through every winter, but they are rarely as strong as the one that moved through Christmas Eve.
Arctic blast: Coldest Christmas in 25 years coming to Central Florida
ORLANDO, Fla. – Central Florida will experience two seasons in twelve hours as a strong cold front ushers in Arctic air. Highs Christmas Eve will be extremely warm, climbing into the upper 70s and low 80s. Temperatures plummet Christmas Eve nightHigh temperatures for Christmas will likely officially occur at midnight. Coldest Christmas' in the last 25 years. The coldest night in almost three years arrives Christmas night.
Scientists return from Arctic with wealth of climate data
The icebreaker Polarstern, carrying scientists on a year-long international effort to study the high Arctic, has returned to its home port in Germany. The RV Polarstern arrived Monday in the North Sea port of Bremerhaven. “We went above and beyond the data collection we set out to do," said Melinda Webster, a sea ice expert at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, whose work is funded by NASA. “This is an extremely exciting time to get into Arctic science because of the changes that are happening," she said. “We are watching the Arctic sea ice die,” said Rex, adding that he thinks it's possible there may be no summer sea ice in the Arctic soon.
Warming shrinks Arctic Ocean ice to 2nd lowest on record
Ice in the Arctic Ocean melted to its second lowest level on record this summer, triggered by global warming along with natural forces, U.S. scientists reported Monday. The extent of ice-covered ocean at the North Pole and extending further south to Alaska, Canada, Greenland and Russia reached its summertime low of 1.4 million square miles (3.7 million square kilometers) last week before starting to grow again. Arctic sea ice reaches its low point in September and its high in March after the winter. This year's melt is second only to 2012, when the ice shrank to 1.3 million square miles (3.4 million square kilometers), according to the National Snow and Ice Data Center, which has been keeping satellite records since 1979. In the 1980s, the ice cover was about 1 million square miles (2.7 million square kilometers) bigger than current summer levels.
UN agency laments summer's 'deep wound' to Earth's ice cover
GENEVA The United Nations weather agency says this summer will go down for leaving a deep wound in the cryosphere -- the planets frozen parts -- amid a heat wave in the Arctic, shrinking sea ice and the collapse of a leading Canadian ice shelf. The weather agency said in a statement that many new temperature records have been set in recent months, including in the Russian town of Verkhoyansk. The town, located in Siberia above the Arctic Circle line, reached 38 degrees Celsius (100 F) on June 20. She noted a heat wave across the Arctic, r ecord-breaking wildfires in Siberia, nearly record-low sea ice extent, and the collapse of one of the last fully intact Canadian ice shelves. The WMO is preparing to release on Sept. 9 a report on the impact of climate change on the cryosphere.
Dutch man killed by polar bear on Norway's Svalbard Islands
The Longyearbyen camp site after a polar bear attacked the site and killed a man in Norway's remote Svalbard Islands in the Arctic, Friday Aug. 28, 2020. The polar bear was killed. (Line Nagell Ylvisaker / NTB scanpix via AP)COPENHAGEN A polar bear attacked a camping site Friday in Norway's remote Svalbard Islands, killing a 38-year-old Dutch man before being shot and killed by onlookers, authorities on the Arctic island said. This is also a strong reminder that we are in polar bear country and must take the precautions to secure ourselves, Elvedahl later said. ___A previous version of this story was corrected to show that the last fatal polar bear mauling was in 2011, not 2001.
Scientists on Arctic mission make unplanned detour to pole
BERLIN A German icebreaker carrying scientists on a year-long international expedition in the high Arctic has reached the North Pole, after making an unplanned detour there due to lighter-than-usual sea ice conditions. Expedition leader Markus Rex said Wednesday the RV Polarstern was able to reach the geographic North Pole because of large openings in sea ice above Greenland, where shipping would normally be too difficult. The mushy ice conditions the Polarstern encountered this year provide further evidence of the warming that scientists say is taking place in the Arctic. The MOSAiC expedition involves scientists from 17 nations, including the United States, France, Russia and China. The coronavirus pandemic almost caused the mission to be cut short, as travel restrictions made resupply and crew rotations difficult.
Canada's last intact ice shelf collapses due to warming
Much of Canada's remaining intact ice shelf has broken apart into hulking iceberg islands thanks to a hot summer and global warming, scientists said. Canada's 4,000-year-old Milne Ice Shelf on the northwestern edge of Ellesmere Island had been the country's last intact ice shelf until the end of July when ice analyst Adrienne White of the Canadian Ice Service noticed that satellite photos showed that about 43% of it had broken off. The biggest is nearly the size of Manhattan 21 square miles (55 square kilometers) and 7 miles long (11.5 kilometers). Without a doubt, it's climate change, Copland said, noting the ice shelf is melting from both hotter air above and warmer water below. By 2005 it was down to six remaining ice shelves but the Milne was really the last complete ice shelf, she said.
US names new Arctic envoy in push to expand reach in region
WASHINGTON The Trump administration on Wednesday named a special envoy for the Arctic, filling a post that had been vacant for more than three years as the administration seeks a greater role in the region and tries to blunt growing Russian and Chinese influence there. Pompeo has spoken in the past about the Trump administration's determination to prevent Russia and China from playing a dominant role in the Arctic, which is heavily affected by climate change. Russia has expanded military bases in its Arctic regions, and China has sought to declare itself a near-Arctic nation despite having no territory near the area. DeHart is 28-year foreign service officer and was most recently senior adviser for security negotiations and agreements. 2 diplomat in Norway, which has extensive Arctic interests.
Climate change makes freak Siberian heat 600 times likelier
(Olga Burtseva via AP)Nearly impossible without man-made global warming, this years freak Siberian heat wave is producing climate changes most flagrant footprint of extreme weather, a new flash study says. International scientists released a study Wednesday that found the greenhouse effect multiplied the chance of the regions prolonged heat by at least 600 times, and maybe tens of thousands of times. World Weather Attributions past work has found some weather extremes were not triggered by climate change. This event is really worrying, said study co-author Olga Zolina, a climate scientist at the P.P. These types of studies allow people and world leaders to connect the dots between extreme weather events and climate change and prepare for them, said French climate scientist Valerie Masson-Delmotte, who wasnt part of the research.
Russia detains managers of plant that spilled fuel in Arctic
MOSCOW Russian authorities have detained three top managers of an Arctic power plant that leaked 20,000 tons of diesel fuel into the ecologically fragile region. Together with Vyacheslav Starostin, another manager at the plant arrested and charged earlier this month, they may face up to five years in prison. Much of the spilled fuel fouled waterways in the Norilsk area and there is concern it could affect wildlife or make its way into the Arctic Ocean. Some of it has seeped into a lake, connected by a river to the Kara Sea, part of the Arctic Ocean, but local authorities hope to contain it there. The power plant is operated by a division of Norilsk Nickel, whose giant plants in the area have made Norilsk, 2,900 kilometers (1,800 miles) northeast of Moscow, one of the most heavily polluted cities in the world.
Siberian governor says leaked oil spilled into Arctic lake
This handout photo provided by Vasiliy Ryabinin shows oil spill outside Norilsk, 2,900 kilometers (1,800 miles) northeast of Moscow, Russia, Friday, May 29, 2020. Russian authorities have charged Vyacheslav Starostin, the director of an Arctic power plant that leaked 20,000 tons of diesel fuel into the ecologically fragile region on May 29, 2020, with violating environmental regulations. (Vasiliy Ryabinin via AP)MOSCOW Some of the 20,000 tons of diesel oil that leaked from a power plant has seeped into a fragile Arctic lake, the regional governor said Tuesday. The fuel leaked when a storage tank at the power plant in Norilsk collapsed. The director of the power plant was charged Monday with violating environmental regulations.