Antarctic sea ice could set ANOTHER record this year

“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.”

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Thanks to Steve Foster and Kirk Myers for this link

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19 thoughts on “Antarctic sea ice could set ANOTHER record this year”

  1. They also don’t mention that the Katabatic winds in Antarctica are what drives the world’s temperatures. More ice in Antarctica? Expect a cooler world as the Katabatic winds sweep down over the ice with hurricane force all the while becoming colder and colder. These winds then joint the air streams to bring cooler air around the globe. The arctic anomaly is just that, an anomaly. As the Katabatic winds cool the Earth the Arctic ice will expand at unimaginable speed. I won’t be surprised when ships are encased in ice and arctic communities are in dire need of food and help.

  2. Is it too much to ask our government-paid scientistic institutions to look into the possible outcomes resulting from all this fresh water flowing into the the Atlantic? Thermohaline circulation circulation depends on North Atlantic water becoming cold and salty before sinking. Won’t so much fresh water coming down from the arctic have some effect on the ocean conveyor belt?

    • ah but then all the raveups over seas being more saline..due to warming..roflmao
      is due to increased land rainfall snow ice etc, so any returning isnt really a problem after all.
      another alegorical bullshit line.
      the thermohaline would need a Lake Agassiz? siz event to really uopset it.
      though as that area IS filling bigtime(also ignored by warmists) in future millenia it may happen again:-)

    • Richard – in the meridional overturning circulation of the North Atlantic, the Norwegian sea downwelling is one part and the warm gulf stream is another, connected part. If ice recession decreases Norwegian sea downwelling (i think the worlds biggest downwelling region) this will later result in reduced warm North Atlantic drift, the tail end of which enters the Arctic, warming it. So less downwelling eventually leads to less gulf stream warming of the Arctic and cooling Arctic. Thus this is a negative feedback which will lead to an Arctic ice rebound with the downside of the Atlantic multidecadal oscillation. Well – we can see if I’m right within a few years time.

    • In fact, what Phil says is always very reasonable and makes sense, but the other guy (what kind of hoaxer name is “pscz1140”?!) he is completely ridiculous.
      He believes in PIOMAS, don’t know too much about energy conservation, etc. , in summary, a typical GW hoaxer.
      I don’t understand why Phil is wasting his time with him.

  3. I cannot recall the article or where I read this,but I seem to recall reading that the Antartic Ice Sheet is an indicator for the Ice Ages to occur.Its the Antarctic Ice Sheet,over a CONTINENT,that means more than the Northen Pole.The article said that all the Arctic Ocean basically is,is a “sea ice cap,”and even if it melted away completely each summer,it doesnt mean as much as to what occurs in the Antarctic.And contrary to what they say,even Greenland is NOT melting away…

  4. Am I totally crazy or what? Sea ice is not “fresh water” being added to the sea, it is sea water being frozen so, if the sea ice melts back into the sea there is no huge “fresh water” dump changing the ocean waters, just a return to what it was before the freeze up – or is there something here I am missing? If land glaciers were to all melt into the sea that is extra water being added and would change the overall makeup of the sea.

    • ShariShark,
      Salt lowers the freezing point of water. Therefore, sea ice is largely of low salt content. Much of sea-ice is built up from precipitation from above, and since the sea-water is below the freezing point of saltless water, there’s your fresh water(in the form of snow>to>slush>to>ice).

      • Ah so, scientific brilliance has escaped me once again – however, I am enlightened so at least teachable! Thank you.

  5. So, if the ice in the Arctic is melting(North Pole) and the ice at the south pole is Expanding, then does not that present the possibility of creating an ‘instability of Earth’s Axis of Rotation” per the 1955 article in Nature by Thomas Gold “Instability of Earth’s Axis of Rotation” (March 26, 1955 Vol 175, pg 526-529. So was Charles Hapgood back in 1958 onto something in his Path of the Poles? OR should we ignore this as pseudoscience-fiction?

    • Experiments confirm a miniscule drop in earth rotation speed because of the drag caused by heavy atmospheric storms ie. Cat 4 or 5 typhoons in the pacific, so…its not far fetched that enormous amounts of ice mass at the south pole would cause a wobble

    • Steve, there may be something to this, I wouldn’t discount it entirely. I’ve heard that some legends exist that tell of a day or days that were inordinately long and/or that the Sun stood still for a time. This theory would go far to explain the sudden onset of ice-age conditions to regions that were formerly tropical or sub-tropical. It would also play a number on tectonic activity(spin realignment). It’s just a theory however and it is difficult to say with much precision just where poles were located in the distant past, when all you have to go by is the geologic stratigraphic record. Rock strata. Rock layers can reveal magnetic orientation, especially when rich in ferrous material. But not all rock types contain iron. Much can be inferred for example from the types of fossils found, but most fossils are of marine origins, as that is where most deposition occurs. Land fossil types are much rarer because landforms typically undergo erosion.

  6. Looks like NASA satellite evidence is blaming large arctic storm for most of the major ice loss this past summer. I’m glad Nasa is being honest with the technical satellite data,which says ice was pushed more south to warmer waters,melting fast during the massive storm. AGW as far as I read is not being blamed this time on this very recent news about the arctic ice melt record.

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