Arctic ice at greatest extent since this period in 2005

Northern Hemisphere Sea Ice Coverage


Chart from the Danish Meteorological Institute
(DMI) Ocean and Ice Services

Thanks to Perry Debell for this link

9 thoughts on “Arctic ice at greatest extent since this period in 2005

  1. I see that after a month or more of VERY WET, VERY MILD weather, with continual southerly winds over the UK, with air emanating from the Azores………..THEN FORCED OVER THE UK BY A HIGH PRESSURE CENTRED OVER SPAIN AND FRANCE SINCE LATE NOVEMBER …….that UK weather will soon change.

    BE WARNED !!
    For the first time this winter, I saw a Met Office chart , tonight, with a HIGH PRESSURE centred over SWEDEN !! If that builds, it will drag EASTERLY WINDS over the UK from freezing Siberia……..then LOOK OUT !!
    The extremely cold easterlies will meet mild , wet westerlies over the UK and COULD RESULT IN HEAVY SNOW OVER BRITAIN !!
    It depends on whether the HIGH PRESSURE………BUILDS AND STICKS OVER SWEDEN !!
    The temp will drop OVER 10 DEGREES CELSIUS IF IT DOES !!


    • Thanks for the article, the link and the more detailed comment.

      I was wondering what to make of things this morning with Fox news reporting that the Arctic had an unusual spike in temps to 50 degrees F. They had a brief explanation similar to what you’re saying… but under-emphasized that and their article was accompanied by the requisite picture of low ice coverage over the pole.

      • There have been a couple of big surges of Atlantic air up over the Pole, leading to some hoop-la in the Washington Post about “thaw at the Pole”. However any Atlantic air imported to the Pole is a great waste of warmth, as in only a few days that heat is lost to outer space. You can watch the temperatures of the air-masses drop as they sit up there in the 24-hour darkness. They drop five to ten degrees every 24 hours.

        Also they displace the cold air that was formerly parked up at the Pole. Watch how cold it gets over Europe, even as the warm air rushes up to the Pole.

        Personally I have a hunch we are seeing a clash between a Pole cooled by the “Quiet Sun” and a Pacific warmed by a cycle swinging though its warm El Nino phase. As the El Nino winds down and the solar cycle descends from its rather feeble “peak”, I don’t see much hope for further warming.

        I am no authority, but I do keep notes on what is happening up at the Pole, and if you are interested in the latest batch they can be found here:

  2. Happy New year to all. I think the headline may be misleading as I looked at the article and the DMI have another chart with a calculation more in line with National Snow and Ice data centre figure. It shows that Artic sea ice is low so far this season.

    So far this year the UK winter in the south has been very mild and only now are we moving to just under 10c. The northern parts have had devastating floods. i get that one season in isolation means little .

  3. Why is National Geographic worried about reduced reflectivity at the poles from melted ice. Is it just weather’s pesky whims of being the opposite of whatever National Geographic says it is at any given moment? Does National Geographic write their articles a year in advance and they can’t revise them despite facts? Will polar bears survive the increasing of their habitat with less human encroachment?

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