Arctic Sets New Record For The Largest Increase In Summer Sea Ice

This summer has seen the largest increase in sea ice area on record. August 8 ice area was 1.26 million km² larger than the same date in 2012, beating the old record increase set in 1996.

ScreenHunter_131 Aug. 12 07.37

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

NOAA describes this record increase in ice as being a record loss.

ScreenHunter_129 Aug. 12 07.28

Noaa report says Arctic sea ice is disappearing at unprecedented pace | World news | theguardian.com

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18 Responses to Arctic Sets New Record For The Largest Increase In Summer Sea Ice

  1. RCM says:

    Can we have a rower update please? I would be pleased to hear how much the NOAA report on the Artic ice encourages them in their journey.

  2. Lance says:

    Expect the news media to be reporting on this very soon…./sarc

  3. bobmaginnis says:

    Steve, that is because the last year had very low ice extent. Look at the record since 1979:

    July 2013 compared to previous years

    Figure 3. Monthly July ice extent for 1979 to 2013 shows a decline of 7.14% per decade relative to the 1981 to 2010 average.


    from
    http://nsidc.org/arcticseaicenews

  4. mogur2013 says:

    Using the data you linked to Steven, yesterday the ice extent is already below the minimum for the 1995 season on Oct. 1, 1995. Yesterday it was also almost 1 million sq kilometers below the minimum ice extent for 1996, which happened on Sept. 10, 1996. With a month of melt season left, it would be silly to rant about “record ice increase this year” by cherry picking a specific date on a very noisy graph to highlight a single year to year anomaly, unless of course you are simply singing to the choir.

    • The area minimum normally occurs in August. In 1995 it occurred on August 28. This year it will probably be earlier.

      But thanks for not checking your facts before posting.

      • mogur2013 says:

        Ha! It is your referenced data that I did use. Let me repeat myself- the 1995 minimum ice extent occurred on Oct. 1, 1995 (1995.7479 in your reference table) at 4.4103012 million sq K. On the date that you claim is minimum that year, the area was 4.5976677 million sq K. Look again, my friend.

        Btw, the average date for minimum extent is Sept. 10 (xxxx.6904 in your reference table) at 4.7201824 million sq K. Again, please look it up in your own referenced table and stop accusing me of not fact checking when it is you that can’t read your own references. It might be prudent to check your facts before others on this blog click on your link above and discover that what you are saying is not true.

        • You are trying to have a conversation about Arctic ice, and you don’t understand the difference between area and extent?

        • mogur2013 says:

          Trying to have a discussion about your data, your reference, your blog. But you just want to claim I’m wrong without substantiating your claim. That is not science, that is not real.

        • mogur2013 says:

          I understand that you saw a minimum on August 28th. It is natural to think that, because it was a local low point. But I implore you to consider your own evidence, and look at Oct 1, 1995. It was lower, by a huge margin. Your minimum was just a temporal aberration, and you chose to think that it was real. I respect that, and I encourage you to keep us real. But don’t even think that you are stating facts, when you slam me for misinformation. I will let your posse decide, if they choose to actually look at your ‘evidence’.

        • It doesn’t make any difference. There isn’t going to be much more melt this summer. Temperatures are record cold now.

        • You are now spam. Alarmists acting like dirtballs isn’t going to make the ice melt.

    • rw says:

      So are you saying that we should have expected a marked increase in ice extent this year? Is that what AGW is predicted to give us in 2013? Or does being below the 1995 level somehow negate the fact that the ice extent is much greater this year than the last? (So the CAGW hypothesis remains pristine and unembarrassed.)

      (Or … have all those positive feedbacks gotten so tangled up that they’re driving things in an unexpected direction this season?)

  5. rw says:

    Love that Guardian – the article goes on and on about 2012, not a peep about what’s happening this year. After reading it, I had to look back to see if this was really a 2013 article, which it is. I wonder what they’ll do in 2018. Will they still be banging on about 2012, hoping that no one will notice? (Can’t keep this nonsense up forever, guys.)

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