Coldest Year On Record In The US Through May 11

Through May 11, this year is the coldest year on record in the US. The gap between 2014 and the next coldest is likely to widen over the next week.

Screenshot at May 12 11-50-20

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5 Responses to Coldest Year On Record In The US Through May 11

    • Anthony S says:

      I have to say, they have some very intelligent warm water there.

    • Gail Combs says:

      BFD – This happens all the time.

      The glacier tongue projecting into the ocean grows until it is too long to be supported and then wave action/tides which cause up and down movement of the tongue make it snap off.

      Only propagandists would spin a perfectly natural occurance into “Warming” when the sea ice in the Antarctic is at record levels.

      • James the Elder says:

        seeing that the tongue is in the water, just how much MSL rise can occur?

        • Gail Combs says:

          NONE!

          Especially since the glaciers are actually growing over the long term.

          Abstract
          …..We therefore conclude that for a period in the Early Holocene, probably for a millenium or more, the Arctic Ocean was free of sea ice at least for shorter periods in the summer……
          http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2007AGUFMPP11A0203F

          Abstract
          …..Arctic sea ice cover was strongly reduced during most of the early Holocene and there appear to have been periods of ice free summers in the central Arctic Ocean……
          http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0277379110003185

          Temperature and precipitation history of the Arctic
          Miller et al
          Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research and Department of Geological Sciences, University of Colorado, USA et al

          …. Solar energy reached a summer maximum (9% higher than at present) ~11 ka ago and has been decreasing since then, primarily in response to the precession of the equinoxes. The extra energy elevated early Holocene summer temperatures throughout the Arctic 1-3°C above 20th century averages, enough to completely melt many small glaciers throughout the Arctic, although the Greenland Ice Sheet was only slightly smaller than at present. Early Holocene summer sea ice limits were substantially smaller than their 20th century average, and the flow of Atlantic water into the Arctic Ocean was substantially greater. As summer solar energy decreased in the second half of the Holocene, glaciers re-established or advanced, sea ice expanded…

          Click to access MillerArctic.pdf

          A more recent paper looking at glaciers in Norway.

          A new approach for reconstructing glacier variability based on lake sediments recording input from more than one glacier January 2012
          Kristian Vasskoga Øyvind Paaschec, Atle Nesjea, John F. Boyled, H.J.B. Birks

          …. A multi-proxy numerical analysis demonstrates that it is possible to distinguish a glacier component in the ~ 8000-yr-long record, based on distinct changes in grain size, geochemistry, and magnetic composition…. This signal is …independently tested through a mineral magnetic provenance analysis of catchment samples. Minimum glacier input is indicated between 6700–5700 cal yr BP, probably reflecting a situation when most glaciers in the catchment had melted away, whereas the highest glacier activity [growth in glaciers] is observed around 600 and 200 cal yr BP. During the local Neoglacial interval (~ 4200 cal yr BP until present), five individual periods of significantly reduced glacier extent are identified at ~ 3400, 3000–2700, 2100–2000, 1700–1500, and ~ 900 cal yr BP….
          http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0033589411001256

          Himalaya Glaciers are Growing

          Alaskan Glaciers Grow for First Time in 250 years

          SO if you look at CLIMATE and not short term weather the glaciers are growing.

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