Storm Frank may soon spark temperatures to spike by 50 degrees in the Arctic and unfreeze the North Pole. The severe weather system has been sweeping through the United Kingdom for nearly two weeks, and causing intensive flooding. The Icelandic storm could become the most intense ever to hit the region.
When Storm Frank hits the North Pole, it is predicted to bring temperatures above freezing level for only the second known time — and never before at this time of year.
— The Atlantic (@TheAtlantic) December 30, 2015
Storm Frank’s low pressure is predicted to “suck air” out of the middle latitudes of the planet and send the air rushing towards the North Pole and the Arctic, the Atlantic reports. The temperatures at the pole are expected to hit 35 degrees. It is usually 20 degrees below zero in the region during this time of the year.
The winds of Storm Frank have a hurricane force with a low pressure center. The system is brewing in the northwest region of Ireland, and creating a “swirling cloud” pattern often associated with hurricanes. When the winter storm peaks this morning, the central pressure of Frank is expected to be between 927 and 933 millibars, according to a Mashable report. Millibars are a meteorological unit of measure to gauge storm pressure. One millibar is equal to one-thousandth of a bar — or a whole C.G.S. (centimeter, gram, and second) unit of pressure, WeatherOnline notes.
Ocean Prediction Center meteorologist Dave Kosier feels that Storm Frank will become one of the “top 5 strongest storms” to ever occur in the region of the North Atlantic it is currently calling home. The most powerful storm to hit the region happened on December 15, 1986, and had a minimum central pressure of 900 millibars. The second most powerful storm had just 16 more millibars and happened during the early days of 1993.
“The Icelandic coast and near off-shore regions are expected to see heavy precipitation hurled over the island by 90 to 100 mile per hour or stronger winds raging out of 35-40 foot seas,” environmental journalist Robert Scribbler, said. “Meanwhile, the UK will find itself in the grips of an extraordinarily strong southerly gale running over the backs of 30 foot swells.”
The storm has been described by some weather watchers as a “jet stream on steroids.” The North Atlantic region is currently experiencing winds of 230 miles per hour, courtesy of Storm Frank.
“The surge of warm air making a beeline towards the North Pole is astonishing,” Washington Post meteorologist Jason Samenow said when deeming the high winds and low pressure system “mind-boggling.”
Storm Frank’s wind pressure plummeted more than 50 millibars in just 24 hours beginning on Monday evening. The strong actions of the storm have caused many meteorologists to classify the powerful weather front as a “bomb cyclone” or pressure drop of at least 24 millibars in 24 hours or less.
— Capital Weather Gang (@capitalweather) December 29, 2015
AccuWeather predicts that Storm Frank twill continue to dump rain and bring high winds across the British Isles throughout the evening as it moves north toward the Arctic region and the North Pole.
The year, which is drawing to a close, was reportedly the hottest on record. A total of 13 of the 14 hottest years ever recorded happened during this young century. Many of the odd weather fluctuations have been blamed on El Niño.
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