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It’s the Warmest Winter Ever and It’s the North Pole’s Fault

Climate change and odd Arctic weather patterns combined to keep the cold from moving south.

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The World’s Warmest Winter

With just weeks left to go, the world is heading toward the warmest winter ever recorded as a strange brew of weather patterns at the top of the world combines with the mercury-boosting influence of climate change.

A stubbornly extreme low-pressure system over the North Pole has pulled the jet stream north, backing it up against the fast-moving winds that constantly ring the polar region. The result: A tight barrier that’s kept the cold locked in place, upsetting fall forecasts for an icy winter ahead.