Some weather researchers are predicting we could be in for a rough winter this year due to melting ice thousands of miles away in the Arctic Ocean.
Research shows Arctic ice melted at a record pace this summer, melting to the smallest area ever observed. Scientists say that could mean more extreme weather this winter.
Jennifer Francis, a research professor at Rutgers University's Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences, joins WBUR's Morning Edition to help us understand why. Francis has studied melting Arctic ice and its effects on weather.
This program aired on September 17, 2012.