Note the increase in thickness near the pole over the last seven days. Temperatures have been below -5ºC there for several weeks now.
Ice concentration is close to 100% across the entire pack.
We also know that the age of the ice is older than it has been for several years.
The ice is older, thicker, more concentrated – and growing faster. That is what an objective person would call a “recovery.”
You can say growing and expanding—but you can’t say volume is increasing. 😉
Amino – why not? Surely it’s just a straightforward pixel size (area) x colour code (thickness) integration, to confirm?
Joe Bastardi is expressing frustration with NSIDC. I particularly like Joe’s equation of pythonic Black Knight = NSIDC Arctic Ice forecasting. Read it now before it scrolls off, since Joe doesn’t use a permalink format:
“THURSDAY EARLY MORNING
ARE THE U.S. SCIENTISTS DELUSIONAL IN THEIR SEA ICE IDEAS?
Someone in authority in the U.S. lying or wrong; it’s that simple.
We have the spokesman from the NSIDC claiming again, like three years ago before he woke up and realized the La Nina was causing a recovery, that Arctic sea ice is in a death spiral. He tries to use the metric “thickness of ice.”
Yet here we have the NAVY saying the ice is thicker.
Somebody is wrong.
And yet now it is at the lowest point for this time of year, in recorded history.
And, on a yearly average, less ice covers the Arctic now than at any time in recent geologic history.
Do you think there will be ice in the Hudson Bay in September?