Sunday, August 16, 2009

Arctic Sea Ice Extent Now Larger Than 2005

Arctic Sea Ice Extent
Click the image to enlarge:

Click here to examine the data source.
Click here to download the raw data into a spreadsheet.

Use the raw data to verify that -- as of today, 8/16/09 -- the Arctic Sea Ice Extent is now larger than it was on 8/16/05 (which was larger than 2007 and 2008). This was not the first day this occurred. It was just the most obvious in looking at the chart.

Given the current slope of the curve in the chart, it appears as though we may see considerably less melting this year compared to 2008, maybe even less than 2005. Time will tell.

Click here for my previous post and expanded comments.
Click here for some basic science on climate change.


VH said...

This is the kind of data that will have Liberals going batty.

SBVOR said...


Oh, you know how the "true believers" are.

They've always got a new excuse and a new spin.

The thing is -- at this stage in a perfectly NORMAL interglacial warming period -- we EXPECT a general trend of more and more sea ice melting.

So -- to me -- this entire metric is a classic red herring. In my view, this metric was either selected out of profound ignorance or based upon the expectation that -- even if man made CO2 did NOT produce any net additional warming -- the ice would keep melting anyway; thereby offering a diversion for the AGW cult members to draw attention to.

The great irony is that -- at least for now -- not even their diversion is working for them (much less anything else).

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