In Search Of ——- The Lost Albedo

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This is delicious.  There was once a TV series called “In Search Of …..”  It was a fascinating show. 

The program conducted investigations into the controversial and paranormal (e.g., UFOs, Bigfoot, and the Loch Ness Monster). Additionally, it featured episodes about mysterious historical events and personalities such as Anna Anderson/Grand Duchess Anastasia, the Lincoln Assassination, the Jack the Ripper murders, infamous cults (e.g. Jim Jones), and missing persons, cities, and ships (e.g., Amelia Earhart, Jimmy Hoffa, D. B. Cooper, the Mary Celeste, the Titanic, the lost Roanoke Colony).

Leonard Nimoy hosted the show. 

Today, we pick up where they left off.  It was theorized that warming would produce melting of our polar caps, and the lost “whiteness” of the snow and ice would produce even more warming because of the lost albedo (white reflects light/energy while darker colors absorb heat).  This was described as an amplification effect.  The scary melting ice was a tipping point!!!  Once we get so far we’ll never be able to get back!!!  We’ll all be doomed!!! 

So, I’m off to look for this mysterious loss of albedo.  Let’s go to the Cryosphere Today.

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Oh, oh!!!  This could be bad!!  The arctic ice is over 1/2 million sq km below the 1979-2008 mean!  Or about 4% lower.  Well, okay, that’s not very scary, but that’s not the entire globe, either.  Let’s look south, to the Antarctic.

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Uhmm…… We actually have more global sea ice area now than we did for the mean of 1979-2008.  What about snow?  That has albedo!  Over the same time period….

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Any bets on why no one tracks the southern hemisphere snow extent?

It turns out our albedo loss tipping point is as real as bigfoot and Nessy.

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22 Responses to In Search Of ——- The Lost Albedo

  1. Keitho says:

    I thought that BigFoot was in residence in the White House.

    As for the ice, well it’s difficult to get worked up about cycles.

    • miked1947 says:

      His new name is “Skeeter”, as he “Does” Skeet! ;) While BigFoot may describe his shoe size, his admission of “Doing Skeet” has earned him the Title “Skeeter”!

  2. miked1947 says:

    After studying to Albedo Effect of reduced ice in the polar regions, I discovered that due to the angle the sun is above the horizon, the sun light hitting the water is reflected off the water more than it would be reflected off the ice and snow. The water becomes like a mirror at those angles.

    • miked1947 says:

      Of course the time of year with the least ice cover is when the sun is approaching its lowest angle or even setting for the year.

  3. leftinbrooklyn says:

    ‘It turns out our albedo loss tipping point is as real as bigfoot and Nessy.’

    Naw, bigfoot and Nessy might have at least existed at some point, millions of years ago… :)

  4. HankH says:

    Any bets on why no one tracks the southern hemisphere snow extent?

    When I read that I thought I might scour the Internet to see if I could find a database of SH snow extent. I came up empty handed.

    My bet is it’s an issue of if you don’t look you won’t see. You won’t see that Antarctic ice extent is at a record high and still growing. It’s all that frozen fluffy white precipitation that falls from the sky down there that makes the ice extent grow. It’s the 800 pound Yetti in the global warming room nobody wants to see or talk about.

  5. miked1947 says:

    Nobody lives in the Southern Hemisphere!!!!!
    Aint that right, Aussies? ;)

  6. HankH says:

    You’re right. It never snows in New Zealand – too much global warming ya’ know.

    http://www.3news.co.nz/Power-out-roads-icy-as-snow-eases/tabid/309/articleID/256983/Default.aspx

  7. David says:

    From Steven Goddard,
    My First Query To The Climate Science Rapid Response Team
    Posted on November 23, 2010 by stevengoddard Antarctic sea ice is currently about three standard deviations above normal, according to NSIDC graphs.

    The excess sea ice is necessarily located at relatively low latitudes, and the sun is near its peak in Antarctica now. This means that large amounts of sunshine are being reflected back into space by the excess ice.

    How much southern hemisphere cooling does this excess ice generate?
    ———————————————————————————————

    Also the earth is about three million miles closer to thre Sun at this time of year. More direct, more intense sun at lower laditudes. BTW, Steve is still waiting for a response from “the repid response team.”

    • suyts says:

      LOL, I remember that! Funny stuff! Steve has been key in the climate wars. His style and approach was exactly what was needed when he started his blog.

  8. Pingback: Forbearing Event For This Year? Antarctic Ice On The Increase Already!!! | suyts space

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