Antarctic Sea Ice Reaches New Record Maximum – NASA

On September 20 of this year, sea ice surrounding Antarctica covered 7.78 million sq miles (20.14 million sq km), according to NASA. That’s more than twice as big as the continental United States (3.11 million sq miles).
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Sea ice surrounding Antarctica reached a new record high extent this year, covering more of the southern oceans than it has since scientists began a long-term satellite record to map sea ice extent in the late 1970s.

On Sept. 19, 2014, the five-day average of Antarctic sea ice extent exceeded 20 million square kilometers for the first time since 1979, according to the National Snow and Ice Data Center. The red line shows the average maximum extent from 1979-2014. Credits: NASA’s Scientific Visualization Studio/Cindy Starr

Antarctic sea ice extent exceeded 7.72 million square miles (20 million square kilometers), according to the National Snow and Ice Data Center. The ice extent stayed above this benchmark extent for several days. The average maximum extent between 1981 and 2010 was 7.23 million square miles (18.72 million square kilometers).

The single-day maximum extent this year was reached on Sept. 20, according to NSIDC data, when the sea ice covered  7.78 million square miles (20.14 million square kilometers). This year’s five-day average maximum was reached on Sept. 22, when sea ice covered 7.76 million square miles (20.11 million square kilometers), according to NSIDC

The new Antarctic sea ice record reflects the diversity and complexity of Earth’s environments, said NASA researchers.

Unfortunately, NASA took the occasion to preach about global warming. Yes, when you include ocean temperatures, the temperatures on our planet have increased. But are humans at fault? No. It’s simply a repeat of past cycles. It’s a cycle, it’s a cycle, it’s a cycle.

Here’s the rest of what NASA had to say about this:

Claire Parkinson, a senior scientist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, has referred to changes in sea ice coverage as a microcosm of global climate change. Just as the temperatures in some regions of the planet are colder than average, even in our warming world, Antarctic sea ice has been increasing and bucking the overall trend of ice loss.

“The planet as a whole is doing what was expected in terms of warming. Sea ice as a whole is decreasing as expected, but just like with global warming, not every location with sea ice will have a downward trend in ice extent,” Parkinson said.

Since the late 1970s, the Arctic has lost an average of 20,800 square miles (53,900 square kilometers) of ice a year; the Antarctic has gained an average of 7,300 square miles (18,900 sq km). On Sept. 19 this year, for the first time ever since 1979,

The upward trend in the Antarctic, however, is only about a third of the magnitude of the rapid loss of sea ice in the Arctic Ocean.

NASA Editor’s note: Antarctica and the Arctic are two very different environments: the former is a continent surrounded by ocean, the latter is ocean enclosed by land. As a result, sea ice behaves very differently in the two regions. While the Antarctic sea ice yearly wintertime maximum extent hit record highs from 2012 to 2014 before returning to average levels in 2015, both the Arctic wintertime maximum and its summer minimum extent have been in a sharp decline for the past decades. Studies show that globally, the decreases in Arctic sea ice far exceed the increases in Antarctic sea ice.

https://www.nasa.gov/content/goddard/antarctic-sea-ice-reaches-new-record-maximum/

Thanks to Vance von Raab for this link


23 thoughts on “Antarctic Sea Ice Reaches New Record Maximum – NASA”

    • The date of the article is Dec 4, 2019. As well, the note from the NASA editor talks about 2015 so the article couldn’t be from 2014.

  1. It has been quite a awhile since I’ve heard anything on this site concerning Antarctic ice!
    I’m impressed!

  2. Has anybody informed the retarded Thunberg kid that “growing” is not spelt m.e.l.t.i.i.n.g.
    Maybe she’s dyslexic or been to really bad school & cannot comprehend what’s actually happening around her!
    Or maybe she believes her parents fairy tales.

    • shes a less than bright brainwashed kiddie , a muppet or puppet and shed refuse to believe this if you told her
      of course NASA saying it makes them pause for a second..but only a second.
      ive sent Nasa info to people that was differing from warmist hype and had the readers tell me it was fake;-)

    • It would appear that Greta is a near A student, and a budding actress. There is nothing retarded about the girl, she just plays her part very well. She may be following what her parents believe, but that doesn’t really warrant personal attacks on her intelligence. I would be concerned about her beliefs if she didn’t obviously use the products of fossil fuels, such as plastic bottles and plastic wrappings for her food. As soon as she is 18, you can be as crass about her as you like – treat her no differently than you would Al Gore, as an example. Until then you have to recognize that she is a child playing a part in a play, and no matter how aggravating and brat like she acts, that is the part she is supposed to play. May some day become an excellent character actress, and have excellent roles in movies.

  3. NASA are total retards on this one. The Arctic has shown dramatic ice growth in several decades, especially in summer.

  4. Water is at its highest density at 4 degrees C. Sea ice is obviously less dense than the sea water in which it floats. To the extent that when it melts it makes the seawater somewhat less dense. But, as its temperature warms from 4 degrees it becomes more dense. In other word it takes up somewhat less volume.
    Melting sea ice would seem to have a negligible effect on sea levels.
    However ice accumulating on land would seem to have a much more direct (negative) effect on sea levels.

    FROM THE NASA ARTICLE:Antarctica and the Arctic are two very different environments: the former is a continent surrounded by ocean, the latter is ocean enclosed by land.
    Granted that the statistics are comparing sea ice levels but a large proportion of Antarctica’s ice is land bound.
    It would seem that these two opposing trends would favor LOWERING sea levels.
    Having followed Ice Age now for years I note that the Antarctic has been piling up the ice for decades.

  5. A good, interesting and important article. Only one should clearly mention in the headline and the summary at the beginning that this NASA article is from the year 2014.
    At least I thought for the first time that this is the year 2019.

  6. Greta Thunberg was born on 3 January 2003 in Stockholm,[13][14] the daughter of opera singer Malena Ernman and actor Svante Thunberg.[15] Her paternal grandfather is actor and director Olof Thunberg.
    Her grandfather Fritz-Olof Thunberg (born 21 May 1925) is a Swedish actor and director.
    “I was diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome, OCD and selective mutism.
    As you can see just a family of actors getting rich by taking advantage of a sick teenager.

  7. “Dark Winter author,John L. Casey, a former White House national space policy advisor, NASA headquarters consultant, and space shuttle engineer tells the truth about ominous changes taking place in the climate and the Sun.”

    I find it interesting that his views on Global Cooling line up with what Robert has been saying here with his book ‘Not by Fire but by Ice’.

  8. How Ironic that most of the planet are now suffering with ‘Collective Stockholm Syndrome’ Is that in the DSM-5?. 🙂

  9. “Since the late 1970s, the Arctic has lost an average of 20,800 square miles (53,900 square kilometers) of ice a year; the Antarctic has gained an average of 7,300 square miles (18,900 sq km). On Sept. 19 this year, for the first time ever since 1979,”

    So the standard of comparison is the late 1970’s, when the record sea ice was cited as proof positive of the looming ice age, with accompanying demands that we ‘DO SOMETHING BEFORE IT IS TOO LATE!’? (Oddly, the remedies for Global Cooling then were much the same as the remedies for Global Warming now.)

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