If you think that this Summer was a scorcher in your own hometown, you can only imagine the havoc being wreaked on the polar ice caps. Last month, the observatory recorded 1-3 degree Celsius (approx 3.5 degrees Fahrenheit) higher-than-average temps, ultimately causing some of the ice to melt. Around July 13, pools of water began to form around the monitoring buoy located at about 85° N.
All is not lost since these pools of icy water are actually on top of a layer of ice over the Arctic Ocean. The fact is, "Lake North Pole" is a normal occurrence, forming every year in the warmer months since 2002 and has since drained; thanks the Mercury dropping. Let's just hope that "Lake North Pole" doesn't become another crazy bucketlist item for travelers to tick off their list.
Have a watch of the time-lapse video from the webcam below. As the date clicks over in the upper left-hand corner, things start to get eye-opening just past one minute.
[Photo & Video: North Pole Environmental Observatory]