Ice Ice Baby!

So what in the world is going on with our sea ice, lately?

Well, that depends on what data and/or graphic one wishes to look at and how one wishes to view it.  There seems to be some discrepancy, but, it could be simply how it is being presented.  Let’s look at some things.

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Whooaaa!!!  It looks like we could be headed for another record or near record low in the arctic!

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OTOH, this looks like we could be in for about average for the last few years……

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But, this makes it seem like we could be in for an increase over the last few years.

Honestly, I’ve no preference, nor discernment, over which one is lending to a more accurate description.  Nor do I believe any are a precursor to how things are going to end up.  Come the end of August we’ll have a better picture.  But, we can look at a couple of things.

Looking back at 2007 let’s look at the distribution and thickness compared to today.

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We have a larger extent, but, the ice was thicker in 2007 away from the Greenland side of the pole.  But, it’s thicker and more concentrated on the Greenland side this year. 

Meanwhile, down at the other end of the world……

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The global sea ice anomaly is back to being above the mean.  (Arctic is –1.084). 

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4 Responses to Ice Ice Baby!

  1. omnologos says:

    look at the Peninsula -at the current rate when will the Drake Passage completely glaciated over? 🙂

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