Arctic Sea Ice Below The Record Minimum Year Of 2012

2012 was the last holy year for alarmists, with record winter warmth in the US and record low summer Arctic ice extent. Arctic ice extent is currently less than it was on the same date in 2012, and will probably remain that way for a few more hours.ScreenHunter_319 Jun. 07 05.20

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11 Responses to Arctic Sea Ice Below The Record Minimum Year Of 2012

  1. Silver says:

    Well, if the sea ice is so few and we’re finally having the proof of all the alarmist’s claims, then where are the rising sea levels?

    • Tel says:

      Sea ice has no effect on sea level.

    • Gail Combs says:

      The Holocene sealevel Highstand was ~ 1.5 meter above todays sea-level 6,000 years ago in geologically stable South Vietnam. Sea level has been DECREASING in fits and starts ever since then.

      Southeast Vietnam beachrocks reveal that the mid-Holocene sea-level highstand slightly above + 1.4 m was reached between 6.7 and 5.0 ka, with a peak value close to + 1.5 m around 6.0 ka….

      The paper, Temperature and precipitation history of the Arctic> says: “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.”

      Another, more recent study in Norway agrees:

      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 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….

      The authors of all these papers simply state that most small glaciers likely didn’t exist 6,000 years ago, but the highest period of the glacial increase has been in the past 600 years. This is hardly surprising with ~9% less solar energy.

      9% less solar energy translates to ~120 W/m² less solar energy based on 1,361 W/m² (solar min) and 1362 W/m² (solar max) @ ToA.

      The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change [Schimel, 1996] estimated that the change solar forcing between 1850 (start of the industrial age] and 1990 was only •0.3 W/m 2 at the top of the atmosphere vs. 1.5 W/m 2 for forcing anthropogenic CO2 [cf., Reid, 1997].

      In evaluating the overall significance of solar vs. CO2 forcings, an apples-to-apples comparison would be to contrast the role of these two parameters on an absolute scale. For incoming solar radiation, the absolute forcing amounts to around 340 W m–2 at the top of the atmosphere. The absolute forcing of atmospheric CO2 is estimated at about 32-34 W m–2 (see pp. 202–203 of Kiehl and Trenberth 1997). (A recent publication by Huang [2013, p. 1707], however, has calculated this value may be as high as 44.1 W m–2.) Small changes in the absolute forcing of the Sun can easily result in values much larger than the predicted changes in radiative forcing typically associated with increasing CO2, and these forcings could easily influence Earth’s climate

      So even if you are talking 9% of Trenbreth’s “incoming solar radiation… absolute forcing,… around 340 W m–2 at the top of the atmosphere” the reduction in solar radiation since the Holocene climate Optimum is 30.6 W m–2 , around 11,000 years ago and is close to equivalent to the entire CO2 forcing [32-44 W m–2] with mankind’s contribution being 1.5 W/m 2 for the forcing of anthropogenic CO2 [cf., Reid, 1997].

      Can you see how completely nonsensical the whole scam is once you look at the entire Holocene?

      (I really hate the word ‘Forcing’ since CO2 is only retarding out-going radiation if that.)

  2. The Griss says:

    You also need to look at the above 80N temperatures

    This year looks like being another very short period above freezing.

    • Joe says:

      The real question is will high-Arctic temperatures even make it above freezing this summer, based on the trend in that graph.

  3. edk says:

    Will be interesting if it makes it above thirty year average, then both poles will be above average which is unusual. Although site has slight bias, crossing of thirty year average will get their attention. Build up of multi year ice is well noted

  4. Morgan says:

    Arctic sea ice means nothing. This winter all the cold from the arctic came down to north america and the Great Lakes region during about 4 or 5 arctic blasts of high pressure (erroneously called polar vortex). It doesn’t mean the pole is getting warmer, it means the cold moved to the Great Lakes, drawing warm air up to the pole from Asia. No cause for alarm.

  5. gator69 says:

    I know alarmists like to define what ‘average’ is, but never in my life was I able to determine an average by eliminating two years, or more, of data.

  6. Dmh says:

    The great difference is the rate of melting.

    and NORSEX

    show a very stable rate in the last ~ 2 months and only 2009 and 2013 are above 2014 now.
    DMI also shows the NP temperatures as low as in 2013, but I’d not be surprised if this season ended up even cooler than last year. The great unknown is the intensity of solar radiations, which seem to have a direct effect on the NP temps and Arctic ice.
    Hard to make predictions in times of 2nd peak.
    If the present rate continues the Arctic ice should surpass 2009 and 2013 extents at the end of this month or begin of July.

    • Dmh says:

      If you take the maximum in March/2014, in the above NSIDC graph, and draw a straight line to the present extent you’ll get a reasonable average of the entire period (~ 2 1/2 months)

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