Very Slow Melt Season In The Arctic Basin

Temperatures in the Arctic Basin have been cold again this summer, and there is little melting occurring. The map below shows ice loss from July 10 to July 11 in red.

There are only a few weeks left to the melt season, which is shaping up to be a complete disaster for people who make their living promoting fear about the Arctic.

ScreenHunter_954 Jul. 12 08.13

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35 Responses to Very Slow Melt Season In The Arctic Basin

  1. The fools pushing the AGW myth are sooooo last year’s color. AGC (anthropogenic global COOLING) is back in. That’s where the money and political power are going to be and AGW dummies will be missing the government grant gravy train. Can’t get paid to say CO2 is making the climate change without saying which way. Slow to pivot means slow to profit. It’s the ’70s again, disco fans. Put a Donna (Year Without) Summer tape in the cassette player and do the Ice Age boogie.

  2. Latitude says:

    did you mean June 10 to July 11…?

  3. tom0mason says:

    Reggie!
    Reggie!
    .
    ..
    Reggie!!

  4. Crashex says:

    If you rank the regions by the historical average amount of ice area at minimum; Arctic Basin, CAA, East Siberia, Beaufort….
    You can find that three of the top four currently have above average ice area.

    With cooler than normal DMI temps, more MYI, late onset of melt ponding, substantially thicker ice in the Basin and CAA, recent wind patterns keeping the ice away from the exit ramp at the Frame Strait and a tighter overall pack based on the area/extent ratio, there are a lot of factors pointing to a likely step up from 2013 in area and volume.

    The question may soon become, “How many years of ice area growth are required before the cycle is recognized as natural as opposed to manmade?”

    If the global temperature record is an indicator, it will be more than ten years.

  5. Fred from Canuckistan says:

    So much ice, so few rowboats.

  6. James Strom says:

    Most of the information we get about polar ice extent has been through quite a bit of processing. Even the images of the ice cap and sea ice are generally not photographs, although they often look to be. Have you, Steve, ever had reason to be suspicious of this information?

    One reason I ask is that the trend of recent years has not been supporting the warming meme, so there has to be a temptation to skew the adjustments.

    • stewart pid says:

      James u are correct to be suspicious … one of the things they play with is the polarizing lens’ on the camera to adjust for surface water on ice and open ocean … not sure how that works but that is what I read somewhere. Historically they made a change about now but the writer of the piece I read said he suspected they now play with the lens’ all year to help get the numbers they want. On the sea ice graphs you can see the plateau in mid July when the change was made in past years.
      Another one (and I think Tony commented on this) is they now use a more accurate coast line vs the old masking of large areas but that increased the area that can be shown as melted since the near shore is the first and fastest to melt usually. I’m not sure if this one is correct or if it makes much difference so take it with a grain of salt.

  7. Ben Vorlich says:

    Meteo France is reporting that an Antarctic station has just recorded the coldest June since they began taking measurements in 1956.

    http://www.meteofrance.fr/web/comprendre-la-meteo/actualites?articleId=8990197

    h/t IceAgeNow.

  8. Chip Bennett says:

    With all due insult to Tina Fey: if this trend keeps up, I’ll be able to see polar bears from my house.

    • _Jim says:

      I saw Russia from my back yard last fall, it was on 40 meters, I was running WSPR at about the 5 Watt power level and the ionosphere was ‘helping’ more than just a wee bit … later that morning I saw Japan …

  9. Joey says:

    I would comment that these day to day slow downs in arctic melting occur normally throughout the melt season. If u look at melts from 2011 and 2012, you see similar pauses occurring in late August (IJIS web site). My only correction to the above comment is that the minimum melt will not occur in a “few weeks”, minimum arctic melt is normally reached in September. That being said, melt this season remains within standard deviations of the 1979-2010 average (National Snow and Ice Data Center) and alarmist dreams of an ice free arctic are certainly not going to be realized.

  10. Gamecock says:

    Hurt my neck trying to look at pic. Steve, can you be more North American centric with your pix?

  11. Shazaam says:

    Any word of that “ladies” Arctic snorkel relay team that was gonna show everyone how melted the Arctic is in 2014?

    Or have they turned into “Popsicles” ???

  12. A C Osborn says:

    Whatever happened to all those videos of the arctic basin showing the history of the Ice Movement, they were all the rage a few years ago.

  13. Eliza says:

    If the Antarctic extent has increased so much lately maybe colder is getting further north if and only when the air is directed from A to B as in a high pressure air mass pushing air there (queensland). Otherwise it mixes with local or tropical air and you get rain and cloudiness (ie central South America) of late.

  14. Tel says:

    It seems that the real melting happens in August, or that’s what these guys are expecting.

    http://www.fathomexpeditions.com/expedition-cruises/polar-north-expeditions/high-arctic-aug-2014.html

    For ten thousand bucks you can be part of the action!

  15. Jussi says:

    July 10: 8,135,962 km2
    July 11: 8,040,838 km2
    Ice loss was 95,124 km2 which is quite rapid
    http://www.ijis.iarc.uaf.edu/en/home/seaice_extent.htm

  16. Brian H says:

    My schadenfreudliche self wonders how soon we’ll have one of those new NE Passage oil tankers from Russia to the Orient get Turneyed and spill its guts all over the polie b’ars’ nice white fur.

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