Arctic Sea Ice

Words on Weather & Climate

April 15, 2010 // 0 Comments

Arctic Sea Ice How is this for an alarmist statement? It appears in a journal called Monthly Weather Review, which is published by The American Meteorological Society: “The arctic seems to be warming up. Reports from fishermen, seal hunters, and explorers who sail the seas about Spitzbergen and the eastern Arctic, all point to a radical change in climatic conditions , and hitherto unheard-of high temperatures in that part of the earth’s surface. … Ice conditions were exceptional. In fact, so little ice has never before been noted. … In Arctic Norway… where formerly great masses of ice were found, there are now often moraines, accumulations of earth and stones. At many points where glaciers formerly extended far into the sea they have entirely disappeared.” Sounds like something from today’s newspapers or evening news reports. However, this article was printed in November 1922. Take a look at this picture from the US Navy Archives: “” This is a photo of the first submarine to ever surface at the North Pole. The photo was not taken at a period when the ice is at its lowest extent, in September, but on March 17. This is when the ice is near its maximum extent. Notice all the open water. The photo was taken in 1959. In 2007, we were flooded with news headlines that the Arctic Sea Ice Extent had dropped to its lowest level since the advent of routine monitoring. Keep in mind routine monitoring only goes back to 1979 when satellites began to monitor the ice near the poles. But the low Arctic Ice extent in 2007 brought out all kinds of dire predictions about how soon the Arctic Ocean would become ice-free during the summer, due of course, to human caused global warming. You can see Al Gore in 2008 stating the Arctic Ocean would be ice-free by 2013 in this video: “” In December 2007, a research team from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California used computer models to forecast that “northern polar waters” would be ice-free by 2012 or 2013. In June 2008, Mark Serreze, the Director of the National Snow and Ice Data Center offered 50-50 odds of an ice-free Arctic Ocean that summer. It didn’t happen. Other […]