Sea ice shrank to the smallest extent in modern history. An atmospheric “hot spot” drifted closer to Europe. Some caribou herds have crashed in an environment that grows shrubbier by the decade.
Yet permafrost, while warming in some places, appears to have cooled at some depths, and may be stablizing. North Pole marine waters seem cooler. And there sure are gobs of geese.
NOAA’s annual report card on the State of the Arctic found mixed signals, and has posted its findings on an easy to navigate web site.
The first update of a report tracking the state of the Arctic indicates that some changes in that region are larger and occurring faster than those previously predicted by climate models, while other indicators show some stabilizing.