Arctic Sea Ice Record – New Satellite Image

Temperatures of +21C above normal in Dec/Jan in the eastern Arctic. Parts of Hudson Bay remain unfrozen

This NASA image shows average Arctic sea ice concentration for January 2011. Blue indicates open water; white indicates high sea ice concentrations; and turquoise indicates loosely packed sea ice. The yellow line shows the average sea ice extent for January from 1979 through 2000.

The U.S. National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) has reported that Arctic sea ice was at its lowest extent ever recorded for January (since satellite records began).

I’ve written about why this is happening and the consequences several times in recent weeks — Stephen

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9 thoughts on “Arctic Sea Ice Record – New Satellite Image

  1. hybridsun-
    Where did you find that Hansen predicted a hot 2012? I am very interested, as the weather plays a significant role in my job as a golf course superintendent.

  2. Patrick

    Stephen is right. Also, if I may add, we are coming out of a fairly long solar minimum. Which could also give temperatures a pop in 2012.

  3. Just heard that the Republican House voted to NOT give the EPA the power to regulate greenhouse gases. We are in BIG TROUBLE!!!!!! In other words, start building and arc, and fastedn your seat belt, cause things are really going to start warming up really fast…..

    • Well it get’s worse in the US. The House has also voted to cut all funding for the IPCC. Tea Party anti-science extremists were behind it of course.

      US only put in $2-3 million so IPCC will survive even if the Senate and Obama let the amendment pass.

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