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Antarctic Sea Ice Sets New Record For August

September 1, 2014

By Paul Homewood   






Antarctic sea ice extent continued to set new records in August, finishing the month at 19.154 million sq km, beating the record set last year by 87,000 sq km.




It is worth noting that the climatological maximum, using a 1981-2010 baseline, is 18.581 million sq km, set on average on 22nd September. No year prior to 1998 set a maximum extent greater than the current level, and only seven years have had maximums higher than 19.154 million sq km.

  1. Dmh permalink
    September 2, 2014 12:00 am

    Good news!
    I believe the 4th trimester of 2014 could be the coldest of the year due to the natural bounce of ENSO- after the short positive period of the last ~ 4 months- and the perspective that the solar max of the present cycle may at last have ended.
    If this prediction becomes reality I think the Antarctic ice will probably set new records of positive anomalies by the end of the year, beating the +2.1 million of last July.
    As usual, the solar forcing part is the most difficult to predict, yet the most influential factor IMO.

  2. Mikky permalink
    September 2, 2014 10:52 am

    A NZ scientist said on BBC Radio 5 live on Sunday evening that the surface cooling around Antarctica was due to the heat going into the deep Southern Ocean, the reason for which he gave as “Global Warming, man made CO2”. So now we know what is going on.

    • September 2, 2014 11:41 am

      I bet those excellent journalists at the BBC didn’t let him get away without being challenged to substantiate that claim. Anyway, Radio 5 live… what’s Antarctica got to do with football?

    • Dmh permalink
      September 3, 2014 12:44 am

      If that was true then the heat at bottom of the ocean would be spreading to lower latitudes, because the SST anomalies of the SH are moving “up”- as a consequence of the increasing ice extent of Antarctica. This is happening at least since 2012, when I started to follow the trend regularly.
      Now, imagine an increasing amount of “warm” water under the surface spreading toward the equator, without giving any signs at the surface of what’s happening down below, and you’ll have the idea of how absurd the entire concept is.
      People just don’t know all the facts, that’s why they still believe this type of (mis-)information.

  3. Bloke down the pub permalink
    September 2, 2014 11:34 am

    According to some, only the Northern hemisphere matters.

  4. September 2, 2014 7:59 pm

    Thanks for the news. I hope this does not imply less ice in the arctic; Consensual Polar bears depend on it.

  5. karl golledge permalink
    September 4, 2014 1:42 am

    andres valencia….actually there is more ice in the arctic the last 2 years then the low of 2012…should be good news to the people worrying about ice caps….probably more sea ice then ever………


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