Tracking Arctic sea-ice growth

Looks like a fine recovery.

Tracking Arctic sea-ice growth

Chris Norman

From the National Snow and Ice Data Center, December 2017.

Concealed in the “Overview of conditions” the following words:

“Arctic sea ice extent for November 2017 averaged 9.46 million square kilometers……………830,000 square kilometers (321,000 square miles) above the record low November extent recorded in 2016…………………….”

One year later, December 2018 “Arctic sea ice extent for November averaged 9.80 million square kilometers (3.78 million square miles)…………………1.14 million square kilometer

Nov 2016 the arctic sea ice extent was 8.66 million square kilometers. Nov 2017 9.46 million. Nov 2018 9.80 million.


Note from editor:

In other words, sea ice extent grew 1,140,000 sq miles from Nov 2016 to Nov 2018.

That’s enough EXTRA ice to entirely cover all six New England states, plus the states of New Jersey, Maryland, New York, Kentucky, Indiana, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and Tennessee.

That ought to be enough ice to make a few polar bears happy.

Looks like a fine recovery.

8.66. 9.46. 9.80. The Arctic ice grows.

Note: The entire United States, including Alaska and Hawaii, covers an area of 9.8 million square km, which matches the Arctic sea-ice extent for November 2018.

12 thoughts on “Tracking Arctic sea-ice growth”

  1. November is part of recovery season for Arctic sea ice, after the summer melt season… So it seems it is re-freezing faster each year… interesting, if this trend keeps up.

  2. The global warmist idiots should be happy at the prospect of ice spreading across the northern hemisphere. I’m not.

    • Quote:
      “The global warmist idiots should be happy at the prospect of ice spreading across the northern hemisphere.”

      You’re wrong my friend. They WANT the melt of ice to prove that the warming is real and to get more grants.

  3. “recovery” suggests there was something wrong with it before.
    To me it just looks like variations that we’ve not had the ability to chart in detail until the 1980s.

    • @John PAK – “recovery” in this context… I didn’t mean it to sound like something was wrong with it.
      Just meant it was ‘recovering’ back to winter levels, or re-freezing after the summer melt.

  4. Still so hot here in north Texas that it might make your head spin. In the low 100’s today, which happens to be the same as the day before and most before that going well back to almost the beginning of July. Honestly, I like coming to this website, I’ve been coming here for years but never, and I seriously mean NEVER has the weather in north Texas shown any sign of a global cool down. Every summer is boiling hot and almost ever winter since around 2015 has been pretty much dry and mild. Sure we had some rain last winter, but no cold spells, no ice, no snow, no winter…it’s just not changing here. I read the articles posted here, read the comments but am I to believe that the whole of the world will be experiencing a Grand Solar Minimum, changing weather patterns, dropping temperatures, shorter growing seasons, increasing ice mass on the poles and the associated changes that follow EXCEPT North Texas? I don’t particularly agree with the AGW argument. I’m not here to argue the politics associated with it or any climate change theories, I’m only here to try and understand how all of the changes that are happening can do so without having any effect in north Texas. Many have told me over the years the reasons how the climate changes while suggesting that Texas is simply a good place to ride out the storm (so to speak). But if Oklahoma is being buried in snow, shouldn’t the temperature here even drop a little bit? Shouldn’t there be some noticeable difference when the entire northern half of the country is being pounded by blizzards? This is what I see in the winter weather forecasts. Snow in Ok, in NM, CO, AR everywhere on the east coast, the midwest buffering for another blizzard with the name of Zenon. And yet…no change in north Texas. I don’t know? Unrelated, I know Robert (of this website) has mentioned moving here from time to time, I wonder how you feel about these coming changes from your new point of view?

    • I have indeed moved to Texas. I expect it to be only slightly cooler than ‘normal,’ so slightly that it will be hardly noticeable. I also expect the new normal to be rainier than most residents are accustomed to.

  5. Having the same experience in Missouri. It’s weird to read of all the global cooling while you are in a sweltering heat wave that does NOT want to quit!

    However, we are definitely getting a lot more rain through the entire summer. It used to dry out at the end of July, but not for at least the last 5 years. My brother now has to mow his lawn right up to October.

    The chiggers and other noxious creatures love it. The bright side-all vegetation is thriving for 2-3 months longer than the old normal, very little watering required.

    I’ve been waiting and waiting for cooling to affect our Missouble summers. Don’t tell me it’s not going to happen!

    • You may not like hearing this, but we’re not talking about a cold age, we’re talking about an ice age. South of the ice sheets it won’t be all that much colder than it is today. What there will be, however, is more rain. That’s where all the moisture comes from to build up those giant ice sheets. And that’s why sea levels are so much lower during an ice age.

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