1.27 million square kilometers below avg
The National Snow and Ice Data Center reported wednesday that the Arctic sea-ice extent averaged just 13.55 million square kilometers, the lowest January ice extent since satellite records began in 1979 (*and likely the lowest in thousands of years– SL). That’s a whopping 1.27 million square kilometers below the 1979 to 2000 average.
No surprise given the absurdly warm Arctic temperatures of +21C above normal in Dec/Jan.
I’ve written about why this is happening and the consequences several times in recent weeks:
Arctic Defrost Dumping Snow on U.S. and Europe
Arctic Melt Down Is Bringing Harder Winters and Permanently Altering Weather Patterns
East Coast Blizzard and Europe’s Snowmaggddon Reveal Fingerprints of Climate Change
The Arctic summer’s sea ice melt will likely be another record low pushing the world to an ice-free Arctic one summer in the new future. FYI weather-related records will continue to fall faster than dominos without drastic cuts to our fossil fuel emissions. And frankly I’m tired of writing about it. — Stephen
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This is amazing- Any guess when in mid September we will be mostly ice free? Before 2020?
A couple of experts I talked to say could be as soon as 2013 which would require extremely warm summers/winters from now till then. Quoted in article: https://stephenleahy.net/2009/04/17/earths-arctic-freezer-turning-into-hothouse/
Some say before 2020. Much broader agreement on 95% likelihood before 2030.
Going, going, gone.