The snowier winters we have been experiencing over the past few years are a direct result of the arctic sea ice shrinking.
Over the summer and autumn months the Arctic Ocean is covered in a layer of ice; each year, since 2006, less and less water has frozen on the surface. This means that more heat is escaping from the planet and warming our atmosphere above.
As the area above the Arctic gets warmer, the strength of the northern jet stream, which usually brings our milder winter weather, is diminished. The air above the Arctic has also become more humid which is providing extra water and it is suspected that this is what is falling as snow.
It also seems that our winters are set to continue in the same manner and may even get worse. Scientists projections are even suggesting that at some point there may be no ice on the Arctic Ocean, although their prediction for this is sometime between 2016 and 2060.
When global warming first hit the media many jokingly speculated of tropical weather and topping up their sun tans; not many would have predicted this.
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