North Pole thaws in winter amid warming temperatures

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Scientists are alarmed at the unusually warm winter in the North Pole and the bizarre cold front that has hit the UK and parts of Europe.

The Atlantic reports that Arctic sea ice typically develops a thick layer from late September to early March, with temperatures in the region normally below freezing.

This year's Arctic winter, however, is unusually warm. Temperatures have risen to over 36 degrees above normal, and sea ice has started melting.

According to The Guardian, a theory known as "warm arctic, cold continents" suggests that as the polar vortex becomes unstable, warm air is taken in and cold air expelled. The North Pole gets hotter as a result, while certain parts of Europe are subjected to unusually frigid weather.

Though the theory itself remains debatable, the fact remains that whatever changes happen in the Arctic has a huge impact on the rest of the world.

RUNDOWN SHOWS:
1. Depiction of a normal Arctic winter
2. Depiction of Arctic warming, sea ice melting
3. Depiction of 'warm Arctic, cold continents' theory
4. Depiction of cold front in Europe

VOICEOVER (in English):

"Arctic sea ice typically develops a thick layer from late September to early March, with temperatures in the region normally below freezing."

"This year's Arctic winter, however, is unusually warm. Temperatures have risen to over 36 degrees above normal, and sea ice has started melting."

"A theory known as 'warm arctic, cold continents' suggests that as the polar vortex becomes unstable, warm air is taken in and cold air expelled."

"The North Pole gets hotter as a result, while certain parts of Europe are subjected to unusually frigid weather."

SOURCES:
The Guardian, Reuters, CNN
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/feb/27/arctic-warming-scientists-alarmed-by-crazy-temperature-rises
https://edition.cnn.com/2018/02/27/weather/arctic-temperatures-record-high-intl/index.html
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-europe-weather/wacky-weather-makes-arctic-warmer-than-parts-of-europe-idUSKCN1GA2AD