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Antarctic Sea Ice Blows Away Records In April

May 4, 2014

By Paul Homewood




Antarctic sea ice continues to set new records, with extent in April at the highest since measurements began in 1979.




Ice extent has also been above last year’s already high levels for most of this year.





Meanwhile, both GISS surface and UAH satellite datasets show the Antarctic has been much colder than usual recently.







Finally, global sea ice area remains well above average.

  1. May 4, 2014 1:33 pm

    Reblogged this on CraigM350.

  2. Joe Public permalink
    May 4, 2014 2:58 pm

    Sadly, the New Year (Aussie) government-funded tourists aboard MV Akademik Shokalskiy were not around to report it first-hand.

  3. May 4, 2014 4:10 pm

    Reblogged this on Earth Changing Extremities.

  4. Green Sand permalink
    May 4, 2014 10:45 pm

    And is the Arctic set to return to “normal”?

    Smokin’ Joe is shouting a bit:-

    “Major Arctic Sea Ice Story Lurking, but Is Anyone Watching?”

    ” There is a huge event being forecasted this year by the CFSV2, and I don’t know if anyone else is mentioning this. For the first time in over a decade, the Arctic sea ice anomaly in the summer is forecast to be near or above normal for a time! While it has approached the normals at the end of the winter season a couple of times because of new ice growth, this signals something completely different – that multiyear growth means business – and it shows the theory on the Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillation (AMO) is likely to be on target. Once it flips, this red herring of climate panic will be gone. Global and Southern Hemisphere anomalies are already unmentionable since the former is well above normal and the latter is routinely busting daily records…….”

    Wiil it happen? Who knows? It is only a model forecast and therefore only time will tell.

    The NCEP Climate Forecast System Version 2 (CFSv2)

  5. May 5, 2014 12:20 am

    Thanks, Paul. I have been following this, maybe a total global ice-extent record in 2014?

  6. N.Lee.Gessing permalink
    May 5, 2014 2:36 am

    If you could get that GISS temp map with 500 km smoothing, instead of 1200 km smoothing, you would see that we should be a lot more concerned with the possibility of cooling.

  7. ocurrain permalink
    May 5, 2014 2:39 am

    The layer of ice covering the Arctic Ocean continues to remain on an overall downgrading trend in summer for near about three decades up till now. However, the increasing growth of the sea in the winter season at the opposite end of the world is showing contradictory results.Antarctica is growing upward in the same duration of time. This doesn’t contradict global warming. The growth is very slow compared to the loss of ice in the Arctic.In the Journal of Climatology a new study suggested that about 80 % of the Antarctic sea ice growth can be explained by the alterations in the existing winds around the frozen continent. Jinlun Zhang, researcher from the University of Washington, has resolved the mystery. He said that about 80% of the increase is due to the alterations in the winds prevailing in the frozen continent. However, the remaining 20% is the outcome of the alterations in the circulation of the ocean. The researcher published his views in the Journal of Climatology. The study conducted in this regard was published in the journal Nature Geoscience.

    • Brian H permalink
      May 5, 2014 9:52 am

      And the winds and currents are not part of the climate? … it burns.

    • David A permalink
      May 5, 2014 6:23 pm

      Do you have a link? You see, the arctic ice decrease was primarily a result of changing ocean currents and wind patterns, plus warming. The SH oceans have been cooler then normal for a long time. The air T, if the warmth in the peninsula is not spread through dubious studies, has had some moderate cooling. Neither is likely attributed to CAGW.

    • Billy Liar permalink
      May 5, 2014 9:21 pm

      Of course, there are no changes in the winds around the Arctic or any changes in the circulation of the ocean there.

      You should listen to yourself occasionally then you’d hear your cognitive dissonance ringing out.

  8. May 5, 2014 3:47 pm

    I notice the ice pack has very nearly reached the South Sandwich Islands.

    • Billy Liar permalink
      May 5, 2014 9:26 pm

      I noticed on Google Earth that there is a volcano on Saunders Island which has steam coming out of a crater at the summit and another near the summit. It is not in the Smithsonian database of volcanoes.

      I also noticed last year that the ice around the South Sandwich Islands reached as far as 55°S – more or less the latitude of Cape Horn and South Georgia.

  9. May 6, 2014 8:49 am

    Reblogged this on Tallbloke's Talkshop.

  10. Grandpa_Dave permalink
    May 6, 2014 8:57 pm

    Damn if U do or Damn if you don’t… Catch 22
    Who’s right who’s wrong?
    No one yet. Science is still incomplete.
    Lots of News stories say the opposite:

  11. May 9, 2014 12:53 pm

    2014 SH ice was at record averages for both January and April this year. Likely won’t be the last month either.


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