December 16 Global Sea Ice Area Is Second Highest On Record, And Highest In 25 Years

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arctic.atmos.uiuc.edu/cryosphere/timeseries.global.anom.1979-2008

It is closing in on an all-time record.

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45 Responses to December 16 Global Sea Ice Area Is Second Highest On Record, And Highest In 25 Years

  1. This extreme weather event is another sign of global warming

  2. gator69 says:

    Yes, but sea ice only covers about 8% of the Earth’s surface. The other 92% is warming. ;)

    • Jason Calley says:

      Only 92% warming?! gator, you are far to optimistic. 100% is warming, yes, even the sea ice. That is why the sea ice is expanding; things expand when the get warmer. If only you sceptics would learn science and be educated, then you would see how simple it is!

      (I hope I don’t have to say that that was sarcasm. I wish I could say it was a parody of CAGW cultists, but I can honestly imagine one of them saying something that wacky. The sad part is that they would still be certain that they were saying something brilliant.)

  3. Inc says:

    Its amazing the results you can get when you cherry pick your data.

  4. It’s not the area of ice that matters, it’s volume. Oh, the volume is higher too? OK. It’s not the volume, it’s the thickness. Oh, that too? It’s the temperature. There’s more ice, but it’s warmer ice. That’s the ticket.

  5. Jimmy Haigh. says:

    Global warming actually makes ice freeze at a higher temperature so the record ice extent at both poles is further proof of global warming.

    • Eric Simpson says:

      And more proof is it snowing in Cairo for the first time in 112 years. Because the climate has changed (warmed) snow is just not melting on the way down from the clouds, so we get a foot of snow when it’s 70°f! Lol.

  6. Hugh K says:

    Poor ol’ aunt arctica. Nobody pays attention to her anymore since she gained all that girth. Looking into my NASA crystal ball (came in a box of Lucky Stars cereal) I see the same fate north of the arctic circle. Will melting glaciers make a comeback? Or is it time for the left to play their ace in the hole and focus on the unusual short amount of time it takes for an ice cube to melt in Leo Dicaprio’s cocktail?

  7. Steve Keohane says:

    It’s Ice-9 contamination. We’re all doomed!!

  8. Steve Keohane says:

    Ice-9*
    * That is in the Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. context. I had no idea the term had gotten beyond the Dead’s production company.

  9. Lance says:

    and from the news media we hear ””crickets””’ however, if it was second lowest on record…front page

  10. Robertv says:

    It must be dirty ice. Something like Pykrete.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pykrete

  11. Inc says:
    December 19, 2013 at 11:30 pm

    Ben it was Steve that accused me of being scientifically illiterate, I was pointing out this is not the case.

    Yes, the fact that you misuse the term “cherry pick[ing]” indicates that you’re the ordinary kind of illiterate.

    Steve I didn’t have to pay for my qualification.

    You really are the World’s Greatest Dad! It even says so on your coffee cup!

  12. michael hart says:

    Maybe it’s “the wrong type of ice”?
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_wrong_type_of_snow

  13. Carbonicus says:

    Steven, firmly in the “denialist” camp.

    Just wondering. Why does the data set in the link cut off at 2008?

  14. TD says:

    As more heat accumulates in our climate, so too will more ice follow. Don’t believe me? Place a pot of water on your stove, turn up the heat and watch it freeze! IPCC redefined physics or haven’t yo heard.

  15. Robert says:

    Jason, actully the water molecule expands in both directions from its neutral state, grows about 7% by freezing and about 1500% by warming to steam.

  16. John Swallow says:

    Inc, I thought that December was the last month of the year and maybe should be used to show a trend, since it contains the last information available regarding the sea ice; therefore, your “cherry pick” should have been kept out of this in order to not make you appear to be foolish.

    Since the satellite record begins in the year 1978, allow me to pick some historical occurrence that took place regarding sea ice in the Arctic.

    In 1982 this happened:
    The Phoenix - Mar 18, 1982
    http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=UUJgAAAAIBAJ&sjid=yXANAAAAIBAJ&pg=2978,718100&dq=heat+wave+north+pole&hl=en
    In 1957 this happened:
    The Sydney Morning Herald - Jul 30, 1957
    http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=i3ZWAAAAIBAJ&sjid=2OQDAAAAIBAJ&pg=1581,5524109&dq=heat+wave+north+pole&hl=en
    In 1922 this happened:
    “The Arctic ocean is warming up, icebergs are growing scarcer and in some places the seals are finding the water too hot, according to a report to the Commerce Department yesterday from Consul Ifft, at Bergen, Norway. 
    The PDF of that page exists here from NOAA’s archives. Thanks to Michael Ronayne for locating it and many other resources you can find in the comments section here.” 

    http://www.sott.net/article/200389-Flashback-1922-Extra-Extra-Read-all-about-it-Arctic-Ocean-Getting-Warm-Seals-Perish-Glaciers-and-Icebergs-Melt-

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