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Ocean Signals - According to the Arctic Report Card 2020, sea surface temperatures in the Arctic Ocean last August were ~1-3°C warmer than the 1982-2010 mean. In the Kara Sea and other extremely warm areas, the warm surface waters are resulting in early loss of sea ice. This week we saw several ocean temperature related articles describing impacts on weather conditions, the health of wildlife and other topics. From the Western Aleutian comes reports of little snow and February air temperatures 8 degrees Fahrenheit above normal. In Western Iceland, ocean temperatures are at their highest point in the past 30 years. While parts of Alaska and Iceland have been uncommonly mild, many other parts of the north have been uncommonly cold and snowy. See video report of Russian snow storms from The Moscow Times along with other big snow days in the Southern Klondike and Nordland in Norway. Mike Brubaker, Editor

Unalaska, Alaska, United States
Bristol Bay Times / February 25, 2020

At Unalaska's Tom Madsen Airport, temperatures haven't dropped below freezing yet this month. And in Cold Bay, the average temperature is running more than 8 degrees Fahrenheit above normal, making this the second warmest start to February since World War II.

Read article on Bristol Bay Times



Reykjavík, Capital Region, Iceland
RÚV / February 26, 2021

The sea temperatures around Iceland have been higher than the average for the past 20 years, and the sea around the whole country has become more acidic, according to data recorded by the Marine Research Institute.

Read article on RÚV



Bering Sea
Catherine Rubano / KNOM Radio Mission / February 22, 2021

Coastal seabirds have experienced significant die-offs in Western Alaska the past few years. But recent results suggest that offshore birds are also feeling the impact of low ice and warming ocean temperatures in the Bering Sea.

Read article on KNOM Radio Mission



Ildskog, Porsanger, Finnmark Fylke, Norway
Christer Andre Henriksen / NRK / February 24, 2021

It is common to be found in Myanmar and in Southeastern Europe. Now the gold jackal is captured on film in Finnmark.

Read article on NRK



Carcross, Yukon, Canada
CBC / March 2, 2020

This year’s large snowfall in southern Yukon has caused issues for highway staff and for people contracted by Highways and Public Works to deal with avalanches.

Read article on CBC



Kistrand, Bodø, Norway
Sondre Skjelvik, Oliver Rønning / NRK / February 25, 2021

Ever since the first major snowfall this year, there have been warnings of avalanche danger in northern Norway. However, the recent cold period makes the area extra exposed. The avalanche that seriously injured a man on Kistrand was a "slippery avalanche", which differs relatively distinctly from an "ordinary" avalanche.

Read article on NRK



Moscow, Moscow, Russia
The Moscow Times / February 25, 2021

A snowpocalypse has engulfed Russia in recent days, with various regions and cities struggling to deal with the freak weather.

Read article on The Moscow Times



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