Originally Posted by Nutcracker
Not surprising, sadly - the whole Arctic has been crazy hot for the last 2-3 months.
The sea temperature off Svalbard was 18°C at the end of August and 17°C at the end of October; should be max 3°C in the summer.
Just as bad in the Southern Hemisphere oceans too, with record low sea ice for the time of year.
Combined, the total sea ice is seriously frightening now - see last 3 months on the graphs below. This has never happened before. I suspect this means we've passed the tipping point.
Oh my, hope you're wrong. . .