Arctic ice melt doubles risk of frigid Eurasian winters, study says

When it comes to global warming, there isn’t a doubt within the science community that it heavily impacts the weather that is felt around the world. Weather patterns are changing and evolving, and more evidence is being found that corroborates the notion that these weather patterns are changing, as more Arctic sea ice melts.

The latest study has found that the entire Northern Hemisphere has suffered from worse winters since 2004 as Arctic ice has continued to melt. While many still debate the validity of the conclusion, the evidence is hard to overlook.


It’s been found that the Arctic is actually warming at a rate that’s twice as fast as the rest of the planet, and this rapid heating is depleting the regions sea ice – which takes place primarily during the summer and early fall. This depleting of the ice is causing a change in how heat and moisture exchange between the ocean and atmosphere in the Arctic, and that means a change in weather patterns.

Also, this evolution that’s taking place with regards to how heat and moisture exchange between the water and atmosphere means an altering of the broader jet stream. The jet stream is a corridor of high winds that sits approximately 35,000 feet above earth and blows from the west to east – moving weather systems around the globe.

The newest study uses 100 computer models and observations to understand what the future weather trends will look like in the region. In fact, it was found that Russia and China would bear the brunt of the weather change.

What the computer models found was that the low sea ice scenarios made more frigid, or unusually cold winters twice as likely, whereas when the same models ran high sea ice scenarios the winter weather was typically less extreme, and warmer.

The study suggests an obvious link between sea ice level in the Arctic and weather patterns in the Northern Hemisphere. Something many have argued is a legitimate fact about global warming. Now though, with more concrete evidence to support it – this could possibly become something that is a little more accepted by the mainstream viewpoint as well, instead of exclusively the science community.