The cyclone was too short-lived to melt much sea ice, Asplin said. In general, cyclones can generate huge waves in open water that wash over ice to accelerate melting. The winds can cause the ice to move and deform.
The effect on sea-ice were visible during the Great Arctic Cyclone of 2012.
The Great Cyclone was the largest and deepest ever recorded in the Arctic. Atmospheric pressures reached a minimum of 975 millibars, and winds reached speeds rarely seen in August. The storm raged for almost two weeks.
All this happened in a year the sea ice reached a record minimum level on August 26. The ice cover in the Arctic last summer was 18 percent below the previous record from 2007.
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Scientists wanted to figure out how much of a role the Great Cyclone, which began August 6, played in the loss of sea ice.
Not very much, according to a study published in Geophysical Research Letters in February. The Great Cyclone reduced sea ice by 58,000 square miles - the size of Bangladesh - but this was still only 4 percent of the typical ice cover. Even without the cyclone, 2012 would have set the record for minimum sea ice.