Frozen fields on the Lofoten Islands in the Arctic Circle in northern Norway. Scientists say conditions in the region are unprecedented. Photograph: Olivier Morin/AFP/Getty Images
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Waves from a winter storm in early March washed over houses in Scituate, Massachusetts, and flooded the streets. The nor'easter hit as tides were already high because of the nearly full moon. Credit: Scott Eisen/Getty Images
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New Zealanders made the most of the country's hottest summer on record. CHARLOTTE CURD/STUFF
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At a Glance
- Winter Storm Riley has killed at least nine people on the East Coast.
- Nearly 200,000 remain without power.
- States of emergency were declared in Maryland and Virginia.
The Arctic is warming up more than twice as fast as the rest of the world, due to numerous feedbacks. At times, large areas over the Arctic Ocean can become 30°C or 54°F warmer than 1979-2000, as illustrated by the image below...