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We often picture the Arctic region as a snowy expanse of tundra, glaciers, and icepack, with frigid winters and cold, cloudy summers. So when temperatures reach near 80°F near the Arctic Ocean, it comes as a surprise, even to seasoned meteorologist. In this example we'll take a look at the tail end of an Arctic heat wave and look at some weather systems common to the northern continental areas as we head into fall.

 

 

TIM VASQUEZ is a former Air Force forecaster and author of Digital Atmosphere, a weather forecasting software program. He lives near Norman, Oklahoma, where he keeps busy as a weather consultant and software developer

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