Tuesday, July 29, 2008


Missing Sea Ice

Here is a graph of the sea ice in the Northern Ocean published today, at least using information from the federal government (the National Snow and Ice Date Center up the road a bit in Boulder, CO). It says there is just below 8 million square kilometers of ice just now. That's worse than the 'average' between 1979 and 2000 but better than last year (which was alarmingly low).

The next graph is from the University of Illinois and it shows only about 5.3 million square kilometers. Where did more than two and a half million kilometers of sea ice go? Notice too that the government had 14.4 at the beginning of April, while the college showed less than 13.4. Both show about a million square kilometer more ice now than at this time last year. Let's see if the satellite photo composite shows that difference.

Yeah, it looks like there is a lot more ice, especially along the northern coast of Siberia. Two months of ice melting northern warmth to go before the sea ice begins to form again in early Autumn.


Hmmm...doesn't look like they're on target to achieve the latest Chicken Little catastrophe fantasy.
Yeah, back in late June when that article was written, the graphs for now and last year were congruent. Now they have diverged. And I, I took the one less traveled and that has made all the difference. Sorry, caught in a Robert Frost time warp there.
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