Alaska experienced warmer temperatures from July through September, with some monthly mercury stats rising more than 5 °F above normal in the western and northern Arctic coasts.
These relatively sizzling temps — partly generated by regional high pressure and clear skies — contributed to the all-time record loss of summer sea ice. Vast stretches of the Arctic Ocean became ice free for the first time since humans developed technology, stunning scientists and offering a dismal harbinger for the fate of polar bears.
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