Weather In The Arctic Is Getting So Weird That Researchers Are Changing The Grading System

For the past 17 years, climate scientists and leaders from across the globe have come together to create what they call an Arctic Report Card. It’s an update about how the region is doing and tracks things like wildfires, major storms, or extreme temperatures. 

This year, Matthew Druckenmiller, a Boulder-based researcher at the National Snow and Ice Data Center, served as the report’s lead author. He presented his findings from this year’s report card at the annual Geophysical Union Conference in Chicago this week, telling colleagues that the data they collected this year and, in recent years, has created a “new normal.” 

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