A few years ago, Walt Meier lectured me that excess Antarctic ice isn’t important to the climate – because it occurs during the winter when the sun is low.
Well …. Antarctic ice has been above normal for the past five seasons – including the last two summers.
This summer, we have excess ice well to the north of 60S – which has a significant impact on Earth’s SW radiative budget.
Contrast this with the alarmist obsession over Arctic September sea ice north of 80N – which has almost no impact on Earth’s SW radiative budget.