Scary graph of the day: Arctic sea ice

Via ClimateProgress:


Commenting on the trend, Mark Serreze, director of the U.S. National Snow and Ice Data Center told the Vancouver Sun:

are claims coming from some communities that the Arctic sea ice is
recovering, is getting thicker again. That's simply not the case. It's continuing down in a death spiral.

Serreze may be thinking of the deniers who flock to the popular Watts Up With That site, and pour over every data release looking for some reason, any reason, to question the reality of Arctic sea ice decline. 

Today the founder Anthony Watts was crowing because, he claims, NOAA said the ice decline was the second-lowest extent on record at this time of year, whereas actually it's the third lowest extent for September.

Once upon a time people couldn't see the forest for the trees; now they can't see the trend in a dataset. 

Published by Kit Stolz

I'm a freelance reporter and writer based in Ventura County.

3 thoughts on “Scary graph of the day: Arctic sea ice

  1. How’s the Antarctic sea ice doing? I don’t hear very much about that so I can only assume its doing ok. Is it? I also understand that 2010 which was projected just a month ago to be the hottest year on record has plumetted to 7th and still free-falling. Why? La Nina strengthened in August. I guess by the end of the year we won’t be hearing much about 2010 except maybe from Mr Watt’s camp.


  2. Dave, sea ice in the Antarctic is expanding. And yes, 2010 has fizzled substantially and will not come close to being the hottest year on record as widely reported a while back. Global warming was given as the cause for the heat, but weather is to blame for plummett in temperature worldwide. From this one would presume that the oceans drive air temperatures as La Nina seems to be making minced meat out of 2010’s attempt to be the hottest of all time. I guess 2-3 more La Nina’s and we’ll be into a mini ice-age.


  3. Pete, I don’t know where you’re getting your info, but this is from the NOAA website,


    as of Sept. 15:

    “The first eight months of 2010 tied the same period in 1998 for the warmest combined land and ocean surface temperature on record worldwide. Meanwhile, the June–August summer was the second warmest on record globally after 1998, and last month was the third warmest August on record. Separately, last month’s global average land surface temperature was the second warmest on record for August, while the global ocean surface temperature tied with 1997 as the sixth warmest for August.”

    It’s OK, you can put your mukluks back in the drawer!


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