|By May 20, 2016, most of the Arctic Ocean is predicted to see near-freezing or above-freezing temperatures. There will be surface melt of the ice pretty much everywhere and across all basins. Readings for the entire Arctic region are predicted to be a whooping 5C above average. That is one hell of a large and frightening anomaly. Rapid thaw conditions that were typically only experienced in the middle of summer during previous record warm years have already arrived. |
If such a pattern of extreme heat continues, it may wipe out practically all the Arctic ice by the end of this melt season. An event most scientists thought wouldn’t even be possible until the 2070s or 2080s could be a reality for 2016.