Arctic Sea Ice Area Highest Since 2004

August 16 Arctic sea ice area is the highest in a decade, up 54% from two years ago, and within one standard deviation of the 1979-2014 mean.

ScreenHunter_2031 Aug. 17 10.08 arctic.atmos.uiuc.edu/cryosphere/timeseries.anom.1979-2008

Green shows ice gain since August 16, 2012. Red shows loss.

ScreenHunter_2025 Aug. 17 09.35

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5 Responses to Arctic Sea Ice Area Highest Since 2004

  1. Mikky says:

    Will be interesting to see what the minimum is, in September?

  2. bit chilly says:

    remember jim ?

    Good morning Andrew,

    Have you seen the recent debate here in these hallowed halls (and next door) about the evident inadequacy of the current models, with the possible exception of PIOMAS?

    If so, what do you make of them? It seems most “local” experts here plump for <1 million most summers by 2020. What do you make of them?!

    What might cause rapid "volume and extent losses" apart from mere "rapid warming"?
    « Last Edit: March 11, 2013, 11:59:24 AM by Jim Hunt »

    here is the link to the "local experts" ice free predictions ,to be fair,they do still have just over 5 years to go ;)

    http://forum.arctic-sea-ice.net/index.php/topic,80.0.html

    note over 45% of asif members that voted in the poll believe the arctic will be ice free in the 2013-2016 time frame ,so for them,time is running out,better get one of friv,s blowtorches on that ice !

  3. Shazaam says:

    OK, that looks like the green wattled chicken of Ice Armageddon….

    {or is it just me?}

  4. Justin says:

    Uh, I’m no “global warming” disciple; but, are you clear about what this graph is saying?

    Yeah, the ice has bounced back since 2005; but that’s in the context of a very large, pretty consistent drop over the last 30 years, especially since 2005.

    If anything, your graph shows that there may be cycles within cycles, but that the ice has been on a serious decline. I hope next year shows more improvement.

    Who really knows?

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