Meteorologists recorded a record high in the Arctic temperature anomaly — the first time in the waters of the Arctic Ocean were recorded average temperature deviation from the norm by 7 degrees, the director of the Russian Hydrometeorological Center Roman Vilfand.
"In 2012 there were recorded very unusual records. For the first time in the waters of the Arctic (positive) annual mean temperature anomaly reached 7 degrees. This is a fantastic value. Even when the average daily temperature is different from the normal 7 degrees — this is a significant event, but the deviation of mean annual temperature was recorded for the first time "- said Vilfand at a news conference at RIA Novosti.
"That's why in 2012, the Arctic has been registered record low sea ice," — he added.
According to the head meteorologist, the temperature anomaly was detected in the region in the north of the Kara Sea between Franz Josef Land and Novaya Zemlya.
"Detection of anomalies in 5 degrees, but 7 degrees — is no comment," — said the head meteorologist.
He also said that last year was a record hot in the U.S., where the deviation from the mean annual temperature of 2.5 degrees.