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Global Sea Ice Well Above Average For Most Of 2014

January 1, 2015

By Paul Homewood





Global sea ice extent finished the year at 1.69 million sq km above the 1981-2010 average. This equates to 8.2% above normal.

During 2014, sea ice extent has been above normal for 245 days, at an average of 295,000 sq km.   


Antarctic ice continues to blow away all records, beating the previous end of December level set in 2007 by 233,000 sq km. This is particularly significant from an albedo point of view, as it is mid summer down under at this time of year.











In contrast, ice extent in the Arctic has changed very little in the last decade as far as December is concerned.






  1. John F. Hultquist permalink
    January 2, 2015 2:32 am

    For me the trend is going in the wrong direction to support the cAGW theme. I know some say otherwise but so far I am not convinced.
    The numbers don’t impress me much because the period for comparison is rather short. If we had such numbers for other times (warm periods, little ice age, etc.) there might be interesting comparisons.
    Earth has an area of 361,132 million sq. km. so the ‘extra’ ice is a tiny percentage of Earth’s surface.

  2. January 2, 2015 7:56 am

    So, like I told you, we are globally cooling from the top [latitudes] down….
    For example, here are the results from 10 stations in Alaska, giving me an average downtrend of -0.055C /annum since 1998.

    That is almost 1K down since 1998.

  3. January 2, 2015 1:12 pm

    Thanks, Paul. Happy and frigid new year!

  4. Herve D permalink
    January 2, 2015 2:35 pm

    For alarmists, 0.01 degree C over one year is “the hottest ever year, a proof of AGW”. But 18-year non-stop temperature stability despite unresting CO² % growth, 8% more Antartic ice are “isolated dots” of no significance !
    The real non-significant are… alarmists!

  5. January 2, 2015 3:34 pm

    Reblogged this on Centinel2012 and commented:
    No comment is need the data speaks for itself.

  6. January 3, 2015 2:12 am

    Reblogged this on the WeatherAction News Blog and commented:
    The canary is frozen to the perch. 😉

  7. January 3, 2015 6:05 pm

    I agree with John F. Hultquist that the period of comparison is rather short. Still, I could not stop observing that there has been a global cooling which started in winter 1939/40 (4 decades!), a big warming which started in 1918 and so on ( One thing is for sure: that climate is influenced by oceans and by human activity on sea. If we are in a period of stability, that’s a very ecouraging news.

  8. the doom monster permalink
    January 3, 2015 10:01 pm

    Cherry picking again Paul,a useful skill no doubt honed through the years of dealing with HMRC

  9. the doom monster permalink
    January 3, 2015 10:51 pm
    Not so much sea ice now

    • January 3, 2015 11:11 pm

      That’s only the Arctic

    • Rodney Molyneux permalink
      January 8, 2015 5:54 am

      The clue is in the title, “Global Sea Ice………….” . You are doing the cherry picking matey.

  10. cornwallwindwatch permalink
    January 5, 2015 3:49 pm

    Reblogged this on Cornwall Wind Watch.

  11. January 7, 2015 7:30 pm

    Two questions that need to be answered.

    Can the high deviation of Antarctic Sea Ice be sustained?

    Next question (IMPORTANT) what level of high deviation is needed and for what duration of time in order for it to over come noise in the climatic system and start to influence the temperatures of the S.H.?

    Is it a deviation of above +1.50 million sq. km or does it need to be greater and for how long?

  12. January 7, 2015 10:47 pm

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  13. Eliza permalink
    January 8, 2015 9:28 am

    The bar graph for NH ice only goes to 2013. Its actually gone up during 2014. NSIDC is probably not interested in showing it


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