Arctic sends weird weather south

Big changes in the Arctic are affecting weather across North America, Europe and Asia

By Sid Perkins, 09:35 AM May 5, 2014

CHICAGO — Earth is getting warmer. Since 1880, when scientists began collecting accurate global measurements, the average temperature across our planet has risen about 0.85° Celsius (1.53° Fahrenheit). Careful, though: The figure is just an average. Some areas have gotten even warmer during that time. One of those areas is the Arctic.

Normally we associate the far north with extreme cold. However, Arctic temperatures have risen about twice as much as the global average since 1880. That abnorma...

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