2015 was hot. 2015 was also the year the world decided to beat the heat. This year is on track to be the hottest on record world-wide. Temperatures will reach the 70s on Christmas day in the Nation's Capital.
The reasons for thinking that there isn't an arctic crisis are about as firm as cotton candy. I'm sorry if this sounds "alarmist," but the arctic -- fundamental to the stability of our weather patterns, climate and agriculture -- is rapidly coming apart.