Wednesday, September 17, 2008


The End of Arctic Melting

Anthony Watts reports here on the news from the National Snow and Ice Data Center up the road in Boulder, Colorado that the melting of sea ice in the Arctic has ended (unofficially) and over the last few days ice has been forming faster than it has been melting. As you can see from the chart, the minimum is higher than last years (by about 9%) but a full third less than the average since satellites have kept their watch on the ice and snow of our fair planet. So it was less melting this time, but still a lot, at least compared to the average over a very short period of time (since 1979).

It looks like my prediction regarding the amount of sea ice on September 21, 2008, was overgenerous, but I still have 5 days.


I would call that chart anything but good news.
Why? Less melting than last year. Isn't that good? Oh, will be in Prague sometime in the near middle of November. Let's get together for drinks or food or both.
Less melting is good, but as you know from reading charts, there are always corrections in the middle of trends. I'll celebrate when we get less than average melting (although still, not much to celebrate).

Great! I think you have my personal email (I'm sure Tony does) so drop me a line and I'll give you my details so we can get in touch. I'm looking forward to it!

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