Global warming continues to remain active across all over the world. New research has revealed that the South Pole has warmed three times faster in comparison to other regions across the planet, according to data that has been collected in the last three decades.
Temperatures recorded in Antarctica can be quite varied depending on a specific region and season. Scientists have thought for years that the South Pole has remained cool even if other areas were warmer, but this isn’t the case.
The temperatures continue to grow
A team of mixed researchers from New Zealand, UK, and the United States has analyzed weather station data collected over 60 years and employed advanced computer modeling to trace the cause of the accelerated warming. The team learned that warm temperatures encountered in the western Pacific area had caused a decrease in the atmospheric pressure over the Weddel Sea in the Southern Atlantic.
The lower pressure increased the flow of warm air abe the South Pole, fueling a temperature increase above 1.83 degrees Celsius or 3.3 degrees Fahrenheit since 1989. The speed at which the temperature climbed was accelerated by the increasing amount of greenhouse gases, and it could be a veil for the effects of carbon pollution across the South Pole.
The harsh reality
Previous research has shown that temperatures have been rising in West Antarctica and the Antarctic Peninsula at the start of the 20th century, while the South Pole seemed to be cooler. This prompted some researchers to argue that the area might be immune to global warming.
It is now known that the temperature in the South Pole increases by 0.6 degrees Celsius (or 1.1 degrees Fahrenheit) in comparison to the global average of 0.2 degrees Celsius (or 0.4 degrees Fahrenheit).
The change has been linked to a phenomenon known as the Interdecadal Pacific Oscillation, and more data can be found in the study, which was published in a scientific journal.