Antarctica Hits 64.9 Degrees, Highest Temperature Ever Recorded On Continent
|The Huffington Post 08 Feb 2020 at 14:30|
In a rattling new development, a research station in Antarctica registered the highest temperature ever recorded on the icy continent: 64.9 degrees Fahrenheit.
Argentinas Esperanza Base on the northern edge of Antarcticas Trinity Peninsula marked the high (18.3 Celsius) on Thursday. The previous record was 63.5 degrees on March 24, 2015.
The United Nations World Meteorological Organization is organizing a . But a WMO statement noted:Everything we have seen thus far indicates a likely legitimate record.
The record is startling because the , and the new one is almost 1 degree higher, climate scientist James Renwick of Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand told The Guardian.
To have a new record set that quickly is surprising but who knows how long that will last? Possibly not that long at all, warned Renwick, who has helped verify other records in the past.
More extreme warmth is likely in the area in the next few days with temperatures as high as 50 degrees above normal predicted by some weather models.
The Antarctic Peninsula is among the fastest-warming regions of the planet , according to the WMO. Average temperatures have soared 5 degrees in just 50 years, threatening the ice shelf and glaciers, which can catastrophically increase sea levels as they melt.The amount of ice lost annually from the continents ice sheet increased at least sixfold from 1979 to 2017.
Cracks in the massive Pine Island Glacier have been growing rapidly in the last few days, as shown on satellite images, according to the WMO.
Thursdays record high follows Earths warmest January on record .
Cracks in the Pine Island Glacier in Antarctica have been growing rapidly over the last days, as can be seen in this #Sentinel1 comparison of 02 & 05 February 2020. The glacier has been losing #ice dramatically & experienced a series of calvings in the last 25 years. pic.twitter.com/uKcbZmp45F
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) called the new high temperature insane. Others on Twitter had similar reactions.
The Seattle Post-Intelligencer quipped to readers that if they needed a break from chilly city weather,. Twitter responses also noted it was warmer in Antarctica than in New Orleans , .
Spring weather in Antarctica is truly insane.
Climate change is an existential threat to humanity. We must mobilize America and the rest of the world accordingly. https://t.co/gR37EIutSA
The hottest temp ever recorded in #Antarctica were measured on Thursday. It was nearly 65 degrees Fahrenheit (18.3 Celsius).
Good grief--temperature in Antarctica hits 65 degrees Fahrenheit (18.3C) crushing the old record for the continent https://t.co/grudG3m8JI
ANTARCTICA REACHED 65 DEGREES FAHRENHEIT TODAY, shattering all heat records. Yet they STILL says global warming is a hoax, and their cult followers agree... while Big Oil continues to rake in billions as the world burns. WHEN WILL THE MADNESS END?!