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.
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
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.
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.