Scientists record lightning strikes near the North Pole in unusual phenomenon

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A rash of abnormal weather continues to unfold in the Arctic, this time bringing an unusual spat of lighting strikes just several hundred miles from the North Pole.

According to the National Weather Service in Fairbanks Alaska, the agency recorded 'a number' of lighting strikes about 300 miles from the North Pole on Saturday.

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As reported by National Geographic, that number is 48 times, making the strikes an extreme outlier compared to other similar occurrences.

As noted by the National Weather service via a tweet from climatologist, Brian Brettschneider, the event happened further North than just about any lighting strike in recent memory.

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While the strikes aren't in and of themselves concerning, it's the conditions that led to the inclement weather that has caught the attention of climatologists.

Lightning is typically a product of two different fronts -- a lower one that's both warm and wet and one above that that's cold and dry.

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Though the confluence of those two atmospheric conditions may be typical elsewhere throughout the world, the phenomenon in the Arctic -- known for its frigid temperatures -- means that ground temperature are likely humid enough to foster lighting.

According to a report from National Geographic, those unusually disparate fronts could be fueled by rapid sea ice melt in the Arctic Sea.

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