Record warmth in icy Iqaluit

Negative North Atlantic Oscillation (TWN)

December 2010 will go down in the record books as the warmest ever in the eastern Arctic city of Iqaluit, Nunavut.

The Baffin Island community had an average December temperature of -8.4°C which beat the previous record of -11.8°C set in 1985.

Incredibly, the normal December average in Iqaluit is far colder at a frosty -22.7 C.

The weather pattern responsible for the warmth is known as a negative North Atlantic Oscillation or a Greenland Block and has also given much of Europe colder than normal temperatures with above average snowfall.


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