Incredible shrinking Ice cap slows tanker progress to near halt

I had to chuckle.  Steve has been hammering pretty hard on this, and he should.  It’s funny.  Here are a couple of his most recent offerings, http://www.real-science.com/bering-sea-problem and http://www.real-science.com/confusion-continues-alaska .  As we all know, the arctic ice cap is all but vanished from the earth.  But, for some reason, the icebreaker and tanker can’t seem to get up to speed and steam on in to Nome and deliver the much needed fuel.  Obviously, it is the denier winter that’s creating rotten ice that makes the Coast Guard only imagine 2-4ft thick ice in ocean south of the Bearing Strait.  In the mean time, Steve showed that someone was willing to speak up and shout the real truth!

A fellow named Doug O’Harra has apparently slipped into his unique version of reality.  And shows us that  the ice cap is really shrinking.  The title of the article is , “Arctic sea ice continues to shrink, even in frigid winter”  It is a rambling, babbling, piece of work which probably hit upon all of the talking points used on the arctic since this mindless CAGW issue started.  I’ll quote some of the more precious statements. 

Even as winter clamps down, our polar ice cap continues to dwindle.   …… the sea ice of the Arctic Ocean ended 2011 far below average in both extent and volume, continuing its decades-long shrink toward summer oblivion, ….. The total mass of ice — its surface footprint plus the bulk hidden beneath the surface — has never been lower for this time of year. The area covered was third smallest since 1979, with vast areas of ocean north of Europe remaining ice-free.  …… The polar cap has now lost almost half of its December volume since 1979…… Ice volume as of Dec. 31 was estimated to be lower than any previous New Year’s Eve on record, ….. This ongoing monitoring suggests that the winter of 2011-12 has so far failed to turn the corner on a trend that might deliver an ice-free Arctic during summers within a decade or so.  ….

The latest developments come after sea ice shrank to one of the smallest summer extents seen during the past 30 years, jeopardizing its role as a stabilizer of Earth’s climate. Over time, the loss of ice speeds up climate warming because darker open water absorbs more solar energy than reflective white floes. Dwindling summer ice also means destruction of habitat for healthy populations of polar bears, walruses and seals.

I won’t get into all of the drivel, though feel free to comment, but I’ll just show a couple of things…….  “Failed to turn the corner…”image                                                                      http://nsidc.org/arcticseaicenews/    

Destabilizing Earth’s climate…..     

image                                        http://www.woodfortrees.org/plot/hadcrut3vgl/from:1997.5/plot/hadcrut3vgl/from:1997.5/trend    

image               http://nsidc.org/data/seaice_index/images/daily_images/N_daily_extent_hires.png 

Where is the accelerating warming?  Failed to turn the corner?  There is now more extent in the 2011-2012 ice season than any of the previous 4.  Dougy, I think we’re going to be okay.  You should find some other delusional issue to wet yourself over.  Right now, there’s a bunch of people in Nome and on a couple ships that wish there wasn’t so much ice. 

And lastly, I’d like to point out that I don’t recall ever being told the ice by Nome is 4 ft thick this time of year.  And it has sort have got me wondering if all this talk about volume is disingenuous.  Did the icebreaker out them?

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9 Responses to Incredible shrinking Ice cap slows tanker progress to near halt

  1. Latitude says:

    James, see if you can snag their chart from this pdf……
    top column, far right, decreasing sea ice
    and tell me it’s not FUBAR
    Other than the PDO, it’s business as usual…
    ….of course they picked their time so ENSO would do that

    http://nome.colorado.edu/HARC/dloads/ClimatologyPosterfinal.pdf

    • suyts says:

      lol, K, but I was going to throw a dart Colorado’s way anyway……

    • suyts says:

      lol, Ok, now what. You’re right it is FUBAR…… worse, the silly graph only goes to 1998 or 2000, I can’t really tell. But, even if it was current, it’s meaningless. “The Barnett ice severity index (above) is a combination of the distance from Point Barrow northward to the ice edge on September 15th, the number of days the entire sea route from the Bering Strait to Prudhoe Bay is ice free, and the length of the navigable season.”…….. only pinheads like them would characterize the Bering strait being navigable as “severe”.

  2. Mike Davis says:

    The Russian Tanker has been claimed to be rated at capable of traveling “Long Distances” through FOUR feet thick ice. Either the rating agency got it wrong or the ice is thicker than any 4ft. I think the owner of the ship would be disappointed if their ship was not capable of making way through less than its rated capacity.

  3. Mike Davis says:

    A major issue being ignored is the changes in the land masks used to determine how large the area is for the ice. If the masks leave one million k sq less open water then the max can only be one million less than when they first started.
    The ice drama should be restricted to the Arctic Circle any way. Measuring ice in the Hudson Bay is the same as measuring ice off the coast of Ireland, same latitude.

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