This powerful storm battered Finland in 2010
The last four winters in Finland have been brilliantly white, with snow. Intense storms are also on the increase. This has the Director of the Finnish Meteorological Institute, Mikko Alestalo, rather confused.

Bizarrely for a meteorologist, Alestalo seemed surprised at the idea that the cold winters could be caused by melting snow from the arctic. Arctic ice cover in recent years has dropped to record lows in summer causing large amounts of fresh water to spill into the North Atlantic, possibly affecting the function of the North Atlantic Drift that keeps Western Europe relatively warm throughout the year.

Yet also in recent years, during the Winter, arctic ice cover has tended to rebound in Winter, setting up further massive melts for the following summer.