Lowest February Arctic sea ice extent since the satellite era measured

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Extreme warmth in the Arctic in February has led to record low February sea ice measurements.

Arctic sea ice extent for February averaged around 5.5 million square miles… the lowest February extent since satellites began measuring it in 1979.

It is 448,000 square miles below the long-term average of 5.94 million square miles and is 77,000 square miles below the previous record low for the month recorded in 2005.

Air temperatures in February were as much as 11 to 14 degrees above the long term average in the central Arctic… helping lead to the dramatic ice loss.

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