Arctic sea ice reaches the largest early-February area in past 11 years

Ice recovery – It even exceeds the 2001-2010 average size.

12 Feb 2020 – The latest sea ice analysis shows that during this rather mild winter in the mid-latitudes, the trapping of the colder air in the polar circle was beneficial to the growth and recovery of the polar icecap.

Every winter the Arctic ocean freezes, reaching a maximum sea ice extent around March. The stronger than normal polar vortex has helped to keep more cold air in the polar regions, promoting ice growth.

Here’s a different perspective:

Arctic sea ice has actually shown great resiliency

Sea ice covers about 7% of the Earth’s surface and about 12% of the world’s oceans and forms mainly in the Earth’s polar regions. Specifically, much of the world’s sea ice is found within the Arctic ice pack of the Arctic Ocean in the Northern Hemisphere and the Antarctic ice pack of the Southern Ocean in the Southern Hemisphere. While the Antarctic sea ice extent is currently running at levels very close-to-normal, the Arctic sea ice extent is below-normal and has been running generally at below-normal levels since the middle 1990’s at which time there was a long-term phase shift from cold-to-warm in the North Atlantic Ocean sea surface temperature pattern. In recent years, however, the Arctic sea ice has actually shown great resiliency and is currently at higher levels for this time of year when compared to all but two years going back to 2005.

*ICE recovery* Arctic sea ice reaches the largest early February ice area in the past 11 years! It even exceeds the 2001-2010 average size

Thanks to Victor and J.H. Walker for these links

19 thoughts on “Arctic sea ice reaches the largest early-February area in past 11 years”

  1. Also very cold in the Upper Midwest for this time of year, though some of it is wind chill. Here wind chill isn’t needed to get much colder.

    • The sea section around the Northern portion of Norway and Finland is warmer due the meridional Jet stream conditions which have pushed warm wet air around Scandinavia cooling as it went for the last 12 month. That NH winter Air stream is then fragged south east on a direct line with the Southern portion of the Caspian and further South in Arabia.
      However, part of that flow has generated a monster cold cyclone which is dumping vast quantities of snow on Iceland and Green Land. That cyclone as just generated two monster storm to affect the UK in the last week, this weather period will continue, each NH winter period for the next 30 years.
      After that, the Sun energy profile starts to return to a more Gleissberg period 1880 to 1940 output profile of tepid solar weather for 90 years.

  2. Severe-Weather: Iceland ‘Dennis’
    WOW, remarkable near-record wind gusts reported at Hafnarfjall station, Iceland today – up to 255 km/h (159 mph)! The windstorm is now gradually weakening, but remains intense! Another, even deeper cyclone – storm #Dennis – arrives tomorrow!

    Day after tomorrow?
    No, but we are facing two impressive extra-tropical cyclones right now – one over the North Pacific and another over the North Atlantic

    “”Severe but Natural Weather”
    Joe Bastardi Tweet
    Coldest morning of the winter around the lakes and Northern plains tomorrow, Wednesday close but not quite as bad,

    • Yes he did said something about ice!

      So the ice is / was / ought to be gone in 2014. Also, thanks to « global warming » the water levels in the Great Lakes would be low, however the get higher and higher. Before we had Y2K and 2012 as world enders. The climate crazies predict 2030 now. Right!

      • After the real cold of the next Solar Cycle 25 of around 11 years from the end of this cycle in the last Qtr. of 2020 they will push it back another 30 years till they hope to get it right.
        Like all terrorists movements, its bombers only have to get it right once. Sceptics of Human Induced Climate Change have to fight the good fight every time. However, we have the Sun’s help in providing the first inconvenient GSM to be observed by true science and not by the climate equivalent of Astrology.
        That said, the mathematician scientist who predicted this modern GSM and provided the mathematical basis to hind cast and forward cast GSMs, was also an Astrologer, which is why the science community have named this modern GSM after Eddy rather than scientist who provided the means to predict them.
        Geoff Sharp 200 year solar prediction:

  3. The ice has increased significantly because the polar vortex is still very strong (both exceptionally cold and has very strong winds for this time of year) and looks to remain so through at least most the first month of spring. This may cause most of Canada and Northern US states to have quite a cool/cold start to spring.
    Japan’s Meteorological Agency shows how far from normal the stratospheric polar temperature is and has been (black line is the actual recorded stratospheric, the grey line is the average) see here
    Note: It significant that the stratosphere is used as that is effectively the root(s) of the polar vortex.

  4. We live in the interglacial period of an ongoing ice age. The ice age isn’t coming – it’s here, and it was never gone. This warm interglacial period will end, and the ice sheets will advance once again. No matter how many coal power plants humans build.

  5. Very mild winter in SW Ontario where I am(Yahoo!! its great) but the cold has to go somewhere….preferably not here..

  6. That’s what happens when you get no blocking (known as
    the -NAO) in the Arctic and Greenland and a strong zonal index. (+NPO Pacific jet)
    In this case, the extreme cold stays in most of that area and much of the US is relatively mild with only short lived cold spells.

  7. You need to have a talk with Rolf A. F. Witzsche about his 2050 idea.I know he has a site and videos about his Theory on youtube.Is he right in the end? Only time will tell.He was also on with David.

  8. Robert,

    Thanks for the sea-ice post. I can never get enough. (Also Greta needs some factual push-back.)

    There’s been a couple of gigantic storms up by Iceland, one having the third lowest pressure for an Atlantic gale ever, and the other giving Iceland winds well over 100 mph. It is a part of a pattern which has significantly cooled both the northern Atlantic and northern Pacific over the past 2 months.

    If interested, I posted about it here:

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