Executive Summary* A . ARGUEZ, A . M . WAPLE, AN D A . M . SANCHEZ-LUGO The year 2006 was marked by continued global warmth, a severe Antarctic ozone "hole," and further declines in Arctic sea ice. n the heels of 2005's record-breaking weather Netherlands. Also, parts of Australia reported record events, 2006 was also a year of records. This was warmth, while Canada the United States experienced Oespecially the case over the polar regions, where their second-warmest year on record, behind 1998. the largest Antarctic ozone hole on record occurred in There was a transition between La Nina in the first 2006. Sea ice extent in the Antarctic reached records half of the year to a weak to moderate El Nino in at times for both maximum and minimum extent, and the latter half. While some regions had temperature in the Arctic, scientists observed the second smallest and precipitation anomalies consistent with typical sea ice extent on record (behind 2005). These record El Nino-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) impacts, it is events came as attention to the polar regions gained noteworthy that the record warmth experienced over greater focus, thanks in large part to the International many parts of
Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society – American Meteorological Society
Published: Jun 1, 2007
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