Stephen Leahy, International Environmental Journalist

Discovering Global Environmental Interconnections

Arctic Ice Busts Yet Another Record – Lowest Ever For February

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Since December of last year the Arctic sea ice has been breaking records with the lowest ever ice cover – lower than the shocker melt down of ice in 2007. This is the latest update from NOAA’s National Snow and Ice Data Center. It shows that the seasonal extant of Arctic sea ice at the end of February, 2011, stood at a record low, well below the prior record set in 2007 and almost 3 million square kilometers below the average for that winter date, when sea ice is usually within days of its greatest seasonal extant for the year.

I’ve written several articles on the latest arctic science and how the decline in sea ice affects weather in the northern hemisphere:

Arctic Melt Down Is Bringing Harder Winters and Permanently Altering Weather Patterns

Arctic Defrost Dumping Snow on U.S. and Europe

Arctic Sea Ice Record – New Satellite Image

Arctic Ice in Death Spiral, Thaws Permafrost — Risks Climate Catastrophe


Written by Stephen

02/03/2011 at 12:05 pm

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  1. what does this mean for the minim in mid September? Hard to say– will we surpass ice loss of 2007?

    Peter

    02/03/2011 at 2:08 pm

  2. I was wondering the same thing. However, do we know why the ice suddenly dropped in 2007? I wonder if me might have another super rapid melt this spring like 2007….. The warmer the world gets; the faster it gets warmer……right?

    Patrick Hannah

    02/03/2011 at 6:05 pm

    • 2007 was a very hot summer in the Arctic with a big high pressure system keeping things warm and sunny. It was unusual. We don’t know yet if the rate of warming will increase. If feedbacks are strong from the loss of sea ice, melting of permafrost then the rate of warming could increase.

      Stephen

      02/03/2011 at 7:43 pm

      • Stephen-
        I follow NOAA’s 30 and 90 day forcasts but it only shows the US 50 states. What is the prediction for the Arctic this summer? Especially by Greenland.

        Patrick Hannah

        04/03/2011 at 4:33 pm

  3. Environment Canada has long range for Canada’s Arctic -the 90 day shows temps in and around Greenland but doesn’t project what they might be cause it’s not Canada. Overall much of the Arctic will be warmer than normal while most of Canada will be colder http://www.weatheroffice.gc.ca/saisons/image_e.html?img=sfe1t_s

    Stephen

    04/03/2011 at 5:19 pm

  4. [...] only have one issue with the story. With Arctic sea ice setting yet another record low, how can 60 Minutes spend 10 minutes talking about polar bears and not once mention the threat [...]

    • I was thinking the same thing!!! They even said the term “thin ice”, I thought that would have been a segue to talk about climate change

      Patrick Hannah

      07/03/2011 at 7:19 pm


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