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5 January 2011
NOAA/NSIDC: December Arctic Sea Ice Lowest on Record
The National Snow Ice Data Center (NSIDC) released the Arctic ice summary for December today. It’s the lowest on record at 12 million square km. This is 270,000 sq. km below the previous record. The highly negative phase of the North Atlantic Oscillation is likely a contributing factor here. The negative NAO has drained much of the polar cold down into two main regions; Eastern N. America and Western Europe. …