The North Pole has melted again
Two weeks of warm weather in the high Arctic have caused a lake to begin forming. To be clear, the water ___SURROUNDING___ the pole is not sea water from the ocean.
It is ___MELTED___ ice water resting on a layer of ice below. “It’s a shallow lake. It’s a cold lake. But it is, actually, a lake,” writes William Wolfe of Canada.com.
That lake started to form on July 13 during a month of abnormally warm weather – temperatures were 1-3 degrees Celsius higher than average in the Arctic Ocean this month. In addition, the weather is likely to get ___WORSE___ over the coming week. An Arctic cyclone will bring strong winds and rain.
Snow in Brazil
According to the National Meteorology Institute, 87 towns in all three of Brazil’s southern states saw snow and freezing rain last week. The temperature ___WENT___ below zero.
In some towns temperature as low as minus 7 degrees Celsius was registered. It was the ___FIRST___ time that it snowed in Florianopolis, and Curitiba, the capital of the state of Parana reported snow after 38 years.
Snow is rare in Brazil. Last year it ___FELL___ out only in a handful of towns in the mountainous areas.
This year because of heavy snowfalls and low temperature a state of emergency ___WAS_DECLARED___ in several towns of the country.