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Arctic Ice Returns To 2003 Levels

December 2, 2013

By Paul Homewood


h/t Green Sand


Arctic ice has recovered from its September minimum so strongly, that extent is now back to the average for 2001-10, according to JAXA.





Indeed, based on Version 1, that was withdrawn in September, extent is 11,000 sq km higher than the average in the last decade.




NSIDC show the same picture, with the last 10 years below for comparison. Ice levels are now back to those seen in 2003 and 2005.



  1. John F. Hultquist permalink
    December 2, 2013 8:39 pm

    the Sierra Club of Canada (2013-06-10)
    by Paul Beckwith
    “Why Arctic sea ice will vanish in 2013”

    Oops! You might want to save that page.
    And this is just one of many.

    I think Jimbo (?; commenting on WUWT) had a list of these things; about like your previous David Viner post.

    • Jimbo permalink
      December 3, 2013 12:29 am

      Hi, the list can be found HERE. The one I’ most interested in is from Professor Wadhams.

      Financial Times Magazine – 2 August 2013
      “It could even be this year or next year but not later than 2015 there won’t be any ice in the Arctic in the summer,”
      [Professor Peter Wadhams – Cambridge University]
      Guardian – 17 September 2012
      This collapse, I predicted would occur in 2015-16 at which time the summer Arctic (August to September) would become ice-free. The final collapse towards that state is now happening and will probably be complete by those dates“.
      [Professor Peter Wadhams – Cambridge University]

      So by the 23 September 2016 the Arctic should be ice-free (1 million sq. km or less?).

  2. Fred from Canuckistan permalink
    December 3, 2013 12:03 am

    And returns to about the 1974 ice levels.

    Curious that measure from the 1979 peak ice year even though the data for the previous 6 years is available and has even been included in previous IPCC reports (SAR). Since disappeared of course.

    You’d almost think this ice extent thingy has a cyclical pattern.

  3. Athelstan. permalink
    December 3, 2013 9:58 am

    Interesting stuff Paul,

    Though, I’ve taken my eye off the Arctic sea ice in recent months, we must be careful to note – northern sea ice is recovering but that it never will be and never has been a pointer to proving or disproving man made global warming catastrophe.

    If you look at both [sea ice expanse] poles the sea ice is roughly in balance, Joe Bastardi reckons one hemisphere grows [South] while the north retreated slightly and due to oceanic oscillations and major phases of the PDO etc and who would argue with Joe – certainly not me.
    With conditions predicted for a Dalton-esque minimum for the middle of this century, I would guess that the Boreal sea ice to carry on with its return [but don’t quote me on that ;^)].

    Speculating….and wildly at that…………..

    Talking about compacted snow, firn – ice, I wonder what is going on in, happening in the Alps, it will take years, decades but ‘soon’ will some Alpine glaciers recommence their march?

    I fear that, cooling is coming and that warming will be a happy memory.


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