More happenings in the sea ice world! And a unique correlation.
Some readers may have already seen this ……
Now, because my memory isn’t what it used to be, I checked to see if this has happened before ….. recently. Oddly, 2010 had a similar temperature pattern.
For those wondering, going back to 2000, the temps don’t seem to go back up, much once they start dropping up there. Although, the cooling rate, at times, nearly stopped.
In Norsex’ Ice Area map, it saw something I was a bit incredulous about, but, then I moved my eyes over a bit and saw that it wasn’t unprecedented, again ……
Both 2009 and 2010 have had similar events of the area flattening for a bit. In 2009, the area just didn’t get much lower, but, 2010 did go a bit lower.
Is this a precursor to what we can expect for the minimum? Heck, I don’t know. But, it seems to be lining up like that. Further, we see the ice flow is significantly slower still.
It’s just not going anywhere very fast ….. although this is only for the last couple of days. Still, we know it is the ice moving which causes ice loss. The anomaly continues to move towards zero, gaining 350,000 km2 in the last few days.
Meanwhile, down south …….
To show this isn’t a “one-off”, let’s look at the anomaly graph ……
Since 2011, it has steadily grown. There has been larger extents, and there has been longer periods of sustained growth, but, not as much for as long. That said, I’m perceiving a pattern here. I’ll have to look at this some more. Sometimes, seeming patterns are simply coincidence.
It’s starting to look like we’re not going to see an “ice-free” anything for a while, and that globally, we’re probably in for more ice than usual, not less. We’ll see.