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Antarctic melt rate is accelerating

Whilst the UK suffers blizzards and sub-zero temperatures, the Arctic experiences one of its warmest winters ever

While the UK is slammed with the cold snap known as the "Beast from the East," it has been one of the warmest winters ever for the Arctic according to scientists.

The relative heat wave has resulted in the warmest February on record since 1958, with temperatures reaching up to 35 F (1.7 C) to 40 F (4.4 C).

The sudden warming is likely due to a combination of events; a "sudden stratospheric warming event" is when there is a quick jump in temperatures in the stratosphere; this coupled with a polar vortex, essentially splits those winds into two streams.

One hit the west coast of the US and the other went the way of Siberia and Eurasia, creating what is called the "Beast from the East" which is causing snow in places like Rome and London.

So the incredibly cold air that was supposed to be in the Arctic is dispersed and diluted.

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