Shortest Melt Season On Record In The Arctic

Using DMI’s 30% concentration ice as the measure of extent, 2015 was the shortest melt season on record in the Arctic. Ice peaked around March 25, and bottomed around September 3. The melt season was about three weeks shorter than average.


Ocean and Ice Services | Danmarks Meteorologiske Institut

The drop in extent during the second week in August, was due to cold winter storms breaking up ice in the Beaufort Sea. This made alarmists very happy, because it gave them a small excuse to lie about Arctic temperatures.

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34 Responses to Shortest Melt Season On Record In The Arctic

  1. tallbloke says:

    Where has the ‘reblog’ button gone on wordpress?

  2. AndyG55 says:


    Japan Utilities Burn Record Coal; China’s Use increases rapidly

    Where are all the rabids when you need someone to play with 😉

  3. AndyG55 says:

    What I want to see, because it will totally cause mayhem among the climate glitterati, is for a rapid increase in Arctic sea ice.

    I apologise to those people living up there, who would almost certainly like at least some small period of non-frozen seas !!

  4. AndyG55 says:

    And this quote is for the anti-people twerps..

    “There are many reasons why China’s coal utilization has grown so rapidly to unprecedented levels, up 50 percent to 3.7 billion tonnes since 2005. Coal defines “energy security” in China, making up about 90 percent of the country’s fossil energy reserves. Another reason is China’s massive industrialization over the past few decades—this has also supported urbanization leading cities to grow at a rate of nearly 20 million people a year.

    Cheers 🙂

  5. Marsh says:

    The short melt season in the Arctic, is exactly why the Warmists have turned to Alaska for their Propaganda ; the Arctic is another fail – it’s not matching their AGW Predictions…

    • bit chilly says:

      the power of the alarmists is actually quite worrying. every time they make a proclamation of doom the exact opposite happens . it would be nice if they forecast some cooling,then we might actually get some of this global warming that only seems to happen in places no one lives .

      at this rate we will be in an ice age in no time 🙂

      • Their techniques are little different but this is an ancient skill. Witches, warlocks and indigenous shamans could control the weather but I understand they did it either for their own nefarious reasons or for a payment. You can’t fight the alarmists.

      • Snowleopard says:

        The warmists are pissing in the wind.

        The Roman Warm period lasted 750-800 years circa 260 BCE – 536 CE.

        The Medieval Warm period lasted 3-400 years centered around 900-1200 CE

        It’s looking like, in conformity with the trend, that the Modern Warm Period (1850-?) may last less than 200 years.

        Perhaps there will be another warming in about 7-800 years, weaker and shorter (+/-100yr ?) than the current one, before re-glaciation sets in for the long haul. Between then and now, all indications suggest it will be getting colder.

  6. Crashx says:

    The rapid drop of area in July was due to about 3 weeks of strong Dipole winds and the recent drop in August was from a couple of big storms. Both are weather events.

    2012 was pushed to the low extreme due to storms, and the ice rebounded rapidly into 2013. I’m expecting a similar rapid rebound this year as the cold air is already in place and a lot of disperse ice floes, which aren’t “counted” with the current methods, provide plentiful sites for new ice to grow and expand. Snow is arriving early in Alaska and Siberia.

    • rah says:

      It seems to me that storms, more than any other single factor, are responsible for quick changes in the Arctic ice extent.

    • Ron Clutz says:

      Yes, the late August storm in BCE region caused a loss of 482k km2 in a single week. And the negative AO most of the summer meant fewer clouds, more insolation and melting. Extent is stabilizing now, both MASIE and NOAA show.

    • Ernest Bush says:

      NASA did eventually admit that the 2012 ice reduction was due to a shift in wind patterns and had nothing to do with global warming. Propagandists in the main stream media ignored the press release, however.

    • Caleb says:

      In 2012 the summer gale actually melted a lot of ice, due to a layer of milder water under the ice, but in the process the milder water was chilled. I think that is why a similar summer gale in 2013 stirred the ice but didn’t melt much.

      I was wondering if that layer has slid back in place, like a card into a deck, but apparently it hasn’t. Judging from what can be watched from the cameras bobbing about up there, a lit of the ice was not melted, but rather broken up in a way that makes it more difficult to see with satellites. It is now serving as nuclei for the growth of new ice.

  7. 4TimesAYear says:

    Reblogged this on 4timesayear's Blog.

  8. Dave G says:

    And during an el nino year to boot. More proof that global warming causes global cooling. Lol

  9. rah says:

    Joe Bastardi at seems to think we’re ALL nuts on both sides of the argument concerning the Arctic sea ice.

    He also says there is warm water building in the equatorial Atlantic with low pressure over riding which makes good conditions for Hurricane formation this last half of the season.

    He believes the first half of the winter in the US will be relatively mild with a warmer than normal December up north but colder than normal south but the second half will be more typical for the midwest and NE with colder and snowier than normal weather stretching down from NYC to the SW on down into central Texas. Highest concentrations of above average snow in N. Texas the southern Appalachians down into TN.

    He shows the current El Nino is weakening and believes it has peaked early with the really warm water never quite making it to the coast of S. America.

    He also wonders why people don’t use the NCEP real time temperature records more.

  10. Henry P says:

    I was sure you figured out [at some stage] that the main thrust of the weather actually has to do with the position of the planets?

    • rah says:

      I think it has to do with a lot of things in the realm of Astronomy. From our own plants varying attitude and wobble on it’s axis to solar activity cycles, to solar system cycles, (But IF our weather was primarily based on the position of the planets then why did Mars heat up at the same time the earth did?) I include the position of our Solar system in the galactic arms as effecting longest term cycle also.

  11. Andy says:

    According to JAXA the peak was mid Feb and the minima is still not certain as the extent went down again yesterday.


  12. Canadian Climate Guy says:

    Reblogged this on Canadian Climate Guy.

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