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Antarctic Sea Ice Sets New Records

July 3, 2014

By Paul Homewood




Antarctic sea ice extent has set another record for June. At the end of the month, extent measured 16.284 million sq km, beating the previous record set in 2010 by 370,000 sq km.







Extent has also been well above the climatological norm throughout the last 12 months.




It is a common argument that “all the land ice is melting, thereby causing sea ice to increase”. There is a very easy way to show this is nonsense.

The one place where there is evidence of receding glaciers is the Antarctic Peninsula. As the map above shows, this is the one area where extent is below normal.

Moreover, sea ice concentration is also below normal there, in contrast to most of the rest of the region, where it is substantially above normal.





Finally, global sea ice area remains above normal, where it has been for most of the last year.

11 Comments leave one →
  1. Joe Public permalink
    July 3, 2014 10:44 pm

    Compare & contrast:-

    ‘Weedy thing’ thrives as Antarctic shores warm
    By Matt McGrath, Environment correspondent, BBC News. 16 June 2014 Last updated at 17:10

    “Climate change is helping an inconspicuous sea moss animal spread rapidly in Antarctica, say scientists.

    The warmer temperatures have helped Fenestrulina rugula to thrive at the expense of other species.

    The sea is freezing less so more icebergs are battering the shores of the peninsula, smashing the creatures that live there.” [My bold]

    • July 4, 2014 10:04 am

      Imagine having to keep churning out that delusional crap to keep your job. Don’t you feel a bit sorry for them? The reporters are prisoners of a cult.

  2. July 3, 2014 11:30 pm

    Reblogged this on the WeatherAction Blog.

  3. Green Sand permalink
    July 4, 2014 9:16 am

    The sea surface temps around Antarctic are “cool” and have been for the majority of the last decade. Sort of step change around 2006/7?

    NOAA Reynolds SSTa (rel to 1971 – 2000) 60 to 70 South:-×600&title=&dir=

    Also Earth Wind Map – Ocean SSTa as of yesterday:-,-89.12,497

  4. Paul permalink
    July 4, 2014 3:52 pm

    Try convincing this idiot. It’s no wonder the Telegraph has had to cull many of their journalists and commentators. And to use Bob Ward, yes that Bob Ward as proof of her argument, says it all.

  5. John F. Hultquist permalink
    July 4, 2014 4:36 pm

    The one place where there is evidence of receding glaciers

    Question? I thought the ice was moving forward and pushing into the ocean, floating, and breaking off. This would be a volume reduction at that (land) location but not what one thinks of when seeing a “retreating” (terrible word for this) ice front.
    The part about moving into the ocean would disrupt the regular processes of freezing and melting of the sea ice and may have something to do with the extent below normal that you mention seeing there.

  6. Addolff permalink
    July 8, 2014 4:12 pm

    Hi Paul.
    “It is a common argument that “all the land ice is melting, thereby causing sea ice to increase”. There is a very easy way to show this is nonsense.”

    I also hear / see this and have my own reasoning on it, but please forgive my ignorance and tell me how?

    • July 8, 2014 5:20 pm

      The area where sea ice is expanding and becoming more concentrated is around largely East Antarctica, where the ice mass is pretty much stable.

      By contrast, around the Peninsula, which is supposedly warming, the sea ice is less concentrated than usual.

  7. Brian H permalink
    July 13, 2014 7:03 am

    Expanding ice calves, melting ice trickles.


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