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.
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.
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….
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.