Bering Sea froze. Coverage of ice — the second in history!

February 14. Coverage of the Bering Sea ice in January 2012 became the second largest in the history of the climate. According to the U.S. National Center for Snow and Ice, ice covered 562 thousand square meters. km — at 104, 6 thousand square meters. km more than the average for the years 1979-2000. Record remains for January 2000 (629 thousand sq. km.). This event follows from the weather conditions that led to the spread of cold air from the Arctic to the Bering Sea and the movement of the ice to the south, across the Bering Strait. The situation in an atmosphere characterized by unusually deep ground-level cyclone to the south and east of the coast of Alaska, which formed over the Bering Sea north and north-east transport. At the same time, this weather system bring moist air from the Pacific Ocean to the southern coast of Alaska, which explains the record-breaking snowfall in the town of Cordova, which got more than 15 feet of snow since the beginning of November to mid-January. Powerful and extensive ice fishing and complicate the delivery of goods to remote areas of Alaska and Chukotka.

Source: News Gismeteo

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