The sudden loss of sea ice after the record-breaking polar storm is a mystery to scientists

In early 2022, the Arctic experienced its strongest hurricane ever, with winds reaching 62 mph (100 km/h). Although storms are not rare in the Arctic, these storms have led to a significant loss of sea ice that has surprised researchers in the Arctic.

In the Arctic, sea ice — frozen sea water that floats above the ocean in the polar regions — reached its largest coverage in March and what is believed to be its maximum in April, researchers told Live Science. But with the buildup of sea ice this year, he’s faced a major setback. Between January 20th and January 28th, the storm developed green land It traveled northeast into the Barents Sea, where huge waves reached 26 feet (8 metres) high. Like a wild bronco, those waves receded sea ​​ice The edge of an ice pack moved 6 feet (2 m) up and down, while larger waves swept 60 miles (100 km) toward the center of the pack. Although weather models accurately predicted storm development, sea ice models didn’t just predict how much the storm would affect ice thickness.

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