One of the most powerful N. Atlantic storms on record builds 55-ft waves and brings winter melting to North Pole

A monstrously powerful North Atlantic storm has done the unthinkable: By drawing warm air up from the south into the Arctic, it likely pushed up temperatures at the North Pole today to just above the melting point.

The North Pole unfreezing — in winter? That’s seems like a fitting way to end a year that will go down as the warmest on record, by far.

See also: 2015 will almost certainly end as warmest year on record — and 2016 is now forecast to be at least as warm

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