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These new highs come just after the warmest January on record for the Earth, The Washington Post reported, with many records being broken in Asia and Europe - and some temperatures in Russia climbing up to 13 F above average.
James Renwick, a climate scientist at the Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand, told The Guardian the new record was likely due to the warming climate and northwest winds hitting the peninsula. "The reason the peninsula is warming faster than other places is a combination of natural variations and warming signals," Renwick told The Guardian.
"It's a sign of the warming that has been happening there that's much faster than the global average," Renwick said. He also noted that strong winds coming from the northwest and warmer conditions often go hand-in-hand. But there was another factor that had a hand in the temperature record, a meteorologist at AccuWeather who specializes in global weather trends, said. AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Jim Andrews said that in addition to regional northwest winds "influencing the peninsula," extremely localized southwest winds were occurring at the base when the new temperature record was set. The local southwest winds caused the air to warm and compress as it flowed down from mountains to the south of the base, which sits at sea level, and Andrews explained this is why the temperature was able to climb so high. However, not all of Antarctica was warm that day. The temperature at Russian research station Vostok was below minus 50 F on Friday.
Vostok holds the record low temperature to be recorded in Antarctica, which was set on July 21, 1983, when the mercury dropped to minus 128.56 F. The station is located farther inland than Argentine, and closer to Australia and New Zealand. That extreme reading also stands as the lowest temperature ever recorded on Earth, according to the World Meteorological Organization.
"This is a record from only a single station, but it is in the context of what's happening elsewhere and is more evidence that as the planet warms we get more warm records and fewer cold records," Steve Rintoul, an oceanographer and Antarctic expert at The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization, said to The Guardian about the new high in Esperanza.
originally posted by: MRinder
a reply to: Silcone Synapse
What you said sounds as effective as anything else I have heard proposed so what the hell let's give it a try.
How do you recommend we fix it?
originally posted by: DBCowboy
Isn't it obvious?
Raise everyone's taxes, make politicians richer, make governments more powerful and controlling.
Oh, and reduce freedoms.
originally posted by: ketsuko
You do know that they've only been keeping temperature records in Antarctica for about 30 years, right? That's not a very long period of time as far as something like reliable climate records are concerned.