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Unusually cold weather, caused by the same patterns that have given Britain its coldest winter for decades, has resulted in levels of ice cover in line with longer-term averages for the first time since 2001. The trend was illustrated in figures for March published by the US National Snow and Ice Data Centre (NSIDC) in Colorado. Related Articles * Grit shortages 'down to freezing temperatures and heavy snow not poor planning' * Climate change rhetoric spirals out of control * Greenland cruise: In the wake of the Vikings * Further snow and ice forecast for rest of the winter * Snow Britain: grit supplies to run out in days * Snow Britain: Weather from France and Russia to blame for Arctic blizzards It has prompted climate change sceptics to question claims the North Pole could be free of ice during summer by 2013. However, the NSIDC stressed the March rise in ice could not be taken as a sign that global warming is coming to an end. A change in the usual pattern of winds around the North Pole has resulted in more cold air than usual in lower latitudes.
Bad news: UK's winter from hell. Good news: Ice cap has grown Premium Article ! Your account has been frozen. For your available options click the below button. Options Premium Article ! To read this article in full you must have registered and have a Premium Content Subscription with the The Scotsman site. Subscribe Registered Article ! To read this article in full you must be registered with the site. Sign In Register Click on thumbnail to view image Click on thumbnail to view image Click on thumbnail to view image Click on thumbnail to view image Click on thumbnail to view image « Previous « Previous Next » Next » View Gallery Published Date: 05 April 2010 By Susan Smith THE Arctic ice cap has dramatically increased to 2001 levels over the last few months, scientists have revealed. Thousands of square miles of ocean around the North Pole have frozen as a result of the unusual weather phenomenon that caused the dramatic snow experienced in Scotland this winter. Arctic oscillation has created unusually cold winds across the Be ADVERTISEMENT ring Sea, which in turn has caused the increase in the ice cap and allowed icy blasts to escape southwards.
Originally posted by nixie_nox
Especially if we have a record heat this year like they are predicting.