Record heat reported in Antarctica: 65 degrees and sunny

id=”article-body” class=”row” section=”article-body”> NASA’s Operation IceBridge snapped this view of Mt. Balfour in Antarctica in 2016.

NASA/Joe MacGregor The planet continues to set new climate-change-fueled warming records after a toasty 2019. This time the heat is on in Antarctica, the continent we usually think of as the coldest place on Earth.

Argentina’s national meteorological service (SMN) reported a possible record-high temperature reading of 65 degrees Fahrenheit (18.3 degrees Celsius) on Feb. 6 taken at the Esperanza research base on the northern edge of the Antarctic peninsula. 

#Antártida | Nuevo récord de temperaturas 🌡️

Este mediodía la Base #Esperanza registró un nuevo récord histórico (desde 1961) de temperatura, 카지노사이트쿠폰 con 18,3°C. Con este valor se supera el récord anterior de 17,5°C del 24 en marzo de 2015. Y no fue el único récord…

— SMN Argentina (@SMN_Argentina) February 6, 2020 If the reading holds, then it would set a new historical record for the Antarctic continent with data reaching back to 1961. The previous record of 63.5 degrees F (17.5 degrees C) was set in March 2015, 카지노사이트주소 according to SMN.

A World Meteorological Organization (WMO) committee is working on verifying the reading. “Everything we have seen thus far indicates a likely legitimate record but we will of course begin a formal evaluation of the record once we have full data from SMN and on the meteorological conditions surrounding the event,” said WMO’s Randall Cerveny in a statement on Friday.

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The high temperature may have been associated with a regional blast of warm air. 

WMO described the Antarctic peninsula as “among the fastest warming regions of the planet.” This trend has triggered ice loss and 카지노사이트주소 is feeding into global sea level rise.

The SMN temperature reading may end up joining a grim parade of record highs set in recent years. It’s odd to imagine the Antarctic and the term “t-shirt weather” going together.