“Here’s something that’s NOT being reported,” says reader Steve Foster.
“The world’s media is extremely excited at the thirty-year record low extent of sea ice at the North Pole,” says this article in The Register. “But almost nobody is reporting on the fact that something almost equally unusual is going on down around the coasts of Antarctica.”
As the graph shows, sea ice extent in Antarctica is much larger than normal for the time of year. Only a handful of higher daily satellite readings have ever been taken, and depending on what happens in the next week or so it might hit a record high.
“Another thing not everyone knows is that even as Arctic ice has been on a long decline since satellite measurements began, the Antarctic ice has been growing steadily.”
“Taking all the world’s sea ice together, then – as opposed to focusing exclusively on the Arctic – the picture is far less gloomy than most media outlets would have you believe. Generally the world has between 15 and 23 million square km of the stuff: at the moment it has a bit more than 18m, which is approximately 1.5m below average for this time of year. Earlier this year, though, it was nearly 1m up on the seasonal average.”
“There are some other things to bear in mind, too: melting sea ice, of course, doesn’t mean rising sea levels the way melting glaciers or ice sheets on land might. Then there’s the fact that the satellite record is so short and the polar regions so little known: longer term variations like the one we’re seeing may be entirely normal.”
See entire article:
Thanks to Steve Foster and Kirk Myers for this link
http://nsidc.org/data/seaice_index/ (Go to Antarctic tab, because link always goes to Arctic)