Jason Samenow, The Washington Post:
Temperatures may have soared as high as 35 degrees Fahrenheit (2 degrees Celsius) at the pole, according to the U.S. Global Forecast System model. While there are no direct measurements of temperature there, Zack Labe, a climate scientist working on his PhD at the University of California at Irvine, confirmed that several independent analyses showed “it was very close to freezing,” which is more than 50 degrees (30 degrees Celsius) above normal.
Parts of the Arctic Spiked to 45 Degrees Above Normal – Robinson Meyer, The Atlantic
The sun hasn’t shone on Cape Morris Jesup since October 11. These should be among the coldest weeks of the year for the cape. But over the weekend, the weather station there recorded an air temperature of 43 degrees Fahrenheit, more than 50 degrees above normal for this time of year.
It’s worth noting that these rodents are not always right, but they are always popular.
Nova Scotia’s famed Shubenacadie Sam was the first to waddle out Friday morning.
Sam said it first — early spring is on the way. The marmot did not see his shadow this morning.
The most famous groundhog in the U.S. — Pennsylvania’s Punxsutawney Phil — did see his shadow this year, meaning more winter weather will be on its way.
K2, the world’s second highest mountain, is a more lethal than Everest. 84 people are known to have died on the mountain since record keeping began. Among mountaineers, K2 is considered to be more difficult to ascent. 306 people have reached the summit, compared to more than 4,000 that have reached the top of Mount Everest.
Sarah Gibbens, writing for National Geographic:
Fourteen mountains in the world reach over 8,000 meters. All have been climbed in winter except for K2, despite attempts that began in 1987, 2002 and 2012. But an elite team of Polish climbers will set off today in an attempt to make history by summiting K2 in winter.
The team, which consists of 13 climbers, will fly from Poland to Islamabad, Pakistan, where they will travel to the country’s mountainous border with China. Once there, it will take at least 100 porters to carry over a ton of equipment needed to establish a basecamp.
Only Mount Everest, which stands at 29,029 feet, is taller than K2, whose peak rises 28,251 feet above sea level. Climbers have reached its peak in the spring and summer, when conditions are less perilous, and have partially climbed the mountain in winter, but no one has reached the mountain’s peak in winter.