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North Pole Gets Bizarre Rainfall


April 30, 2010 — Climatologists are baffled to hear that it rained in the North Pole this week. This is a very rare event, and scientists are trying to find out how this happened.

Rain is pretty much non-existent in the High Arctic, especially in April, but this week a three-minute rain shower poured from the sky.

Environment Canada's David Phillips says that, '50 to 60 years of historical weather data show no signs of rainfall ever occurring in April in the High Arctic. The earliest account of measurable rainfall at Canadian Forces Station Alert took place on May 21, 1988, he said.

The rain was discovered by a scientific group who was on Ellef Ringnes Island as part of the Catlin Arctic Survey and were shocked to feel rain droplets.

Scientists are suggesting that we can expect increasingly more of these freakish outcomes as the climate warms.

A polar guide at the base noticed the rain had fallen after temperatures had been rising for a couple of days.

Environment Canada is currently looking into the phenomenon to try and understand better the unusual weather pattern.

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