New Studies Show Arctic Ice and Wildfires Could be Linked


Photo of glaciers out of an airplane window view.

Lynn Spuck, Editor


Ice and fire are two elements that don’t seem to go together. However, new research can provide evidence on how the arctic ice melting can cause more dangerous wildfires.


As global warming continues to affect all parts of the world, and the arctic poles are worried about the most. The ice is melting, causing heat waves from the sun to hit the water instead of being reflected by the ice. These heat waves warm the water, causing it to release heat, and eventually making warm air rise. This cycle creates something known as a low-pressure system above the ice.


A polar jet stream, a strong group of winds that guides U.S weather, can be impacted by the low-pressure system, causing a dip in the winds. Because of this dip, another area known as a high-pressure system can increase in size and especially danger. 


This high-pressure system can linger over an area for a period of time, causing a wildfire. But because of being toughened by the low-pressure system, these wildfires can be stronger and hotter for longer periods of time. 


If the arctic ice continues to melt at this rate and continues to strengthen high-pressure systems, then wildfires in the coming years can become unstoppable, ruining homes and lives in the process.