The Arctic Summer Which Never Happened

According to the Danish Meteorological Institute graphs, this past summer was the coldest on record north of 80N, and was below normal temperature every day from June through August

University of Colorado ice maps also show that there was very little melt. The animation below flashes between week 25 and week 39, with the week number shown in the lower left corner. You can see that there was almost no loss of multi-year ice this summer.


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The world’s leading experts say that the Arctic will be ice-free this year, or sooner.

the Arctic will be ice-free in the summer of 2013

– John Kerry, US Secretary of State

John Kerry: We Can’t Ignore the Security Threat from Climate Change

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BBC NEWS | Science/Nature | Arctic summers ice-free ‘by 2013′

James Hansen : ‘This is the last chance’


“We see a tipping point occurring right before our eyes,” Hansen told the AP before the luncheon. “The Arctic is the first tipping point and it’s occurring exactly the way we said it would.”

Hansen, echoing work by other scientists, said that in five to 10 years, the Arctic will be free of sea ice in the summer.

NASA warming scientist: ‘This is the last chance’ –

June 26, 2013

The alarming loss of sea ice which has grown worse each summer over the past several decades, has taken a sharp turn for the worse: this year the loss is right in the middle, the most resilient part of the ice cover. This could lead to a completely ice-free Arctic Ocean by September.

Unprecedented hole is growing in Arctic sea ice – Fairfax Climate Watch

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Why Arctic sea ice will vanish in 2013 | Sierra Club Canada


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10 Responses to The Arctic Summer Which Never Happened

  1. QV says:

    Have we heard anything from Paul Beckwith explaining why he was wrong yet?

  2. Gamecock says:

    “The alarming loss of sea ice which has grown worse each summer over the past several decades, has taken a sharp turn for the worse”

    Less sea ice is bad; more sea ice would be good.


    • Caleb says:

      Excellent question. Why would less sea ice be a bad thing? Personally I think it would be a very good thing.

      As best I can tell, the theory Alarmists cling to is that less ice leads to a positive feedback that causes run-away warming. However we had less ice in the past, and it never seemed to cause any sort of run-away warming. In fact, less ice seems to bring about cooling.

      Our planet has a wondrous system of balances, so that any time it gets out of balance some sort of negative feedback kicks in. For example: Lots of ice allows warm currents to flow north under the ice and increase the ice-melt, while lots of open water allows the ocean to cool swiftly and increases the refreezing.

      I think that, (besides the possibility that the “Quiet Sun” had an effect,) one reason last summer was cooler was because the water was chilled more the winter before, because it was open to begin with, and then a ferocious winter gale in February cracked sections and exposed areas of the Beaufort Gyre to temperatures of 40 below.

      There are simple explainations for the various cycles we witness, but one thing that seems fairly obvious is that milder is better for people living in northern lands. The Vikings of Greenland were proof of this. The only way Alarmists can suggest otherwise is to invent absurd postulates about methane erupting from the tundra, and so on and so forth…

  3. Traitor In Chief says:

    Now that the Arctic is ice free, I think Chicken Jimmy said this will lead to ice free winters too. I’m looking forward to lounging among the palm trees surrounding the Beaufort.

  4. edonthewayup says:

    Reblogged this on Edonurwayup's Blog and commented:
    Artic Sea ice free in 2013.

  5. “The thing that I think is most important is to block coal-fired power plants,” Hansen told the luncheon. “I’m not yet at the point of chaining myself but we somehow have to draw attention to this.”

    “The trains carrying coal to power plants are death trains. Coal-fired power plants are factories of death.”

    Flexible Fossils: A New Role for Coal in German Energy Revolution

    Vattenfall’s new German coal-fired plant fired up for first time

    The Germans again. Enough talk, Hansen. It’s time to enter Germany and chain yourself to the new Vattenfall plant.

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