Arctic sea ice III: it’s not through melting

NSIDC arctic sea ice extent graph for September 18, 2010

NSIDC Arctic sea ice extent graph for September 18, 2010

On September 15 the US National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) announced a provisional Arctic sea ice minimum extent of 4.76 million square kilometers, for September 10, based on the five-day-average calculation it uses for that purpose.   However it appears that while sea ice is beginning to grow in the East Siberian Sea, just about everywhere else the ice is still melting or consolidating.  This has led to a “double dip” in the past few days, which is currently visible in the NSIDC’s chart.

At this point we don’t know what will happen to the sea ice extent. Of course it’s bound to grow back rapidly pretty soon because so much of it melted during the summer season and there’s nothing much left that is likely to melt or consolidate. This is bringing the 2010 melt season to an interesting close.

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3 Responses

  1. Immediately stop harassing users at Wikipedia, otherwise this is the last week of your fucking life.

    [This doesn't seem to have anything to do with sea ice, Mr. Unconvincing Coward. Please check Wikipedia again. I am not threatening anybody, although uninvolved administrators have certainly warned Lumidek and Off2riorob to stop editing disruptively in the climate change area as a result of reports in which I was active.

    Lumidek appears to be Luboš Motl, the celebrated theoretical physicist, who seems to have looked at my activities and decided that I am a notorious nasty scummy immoral threat-making, lying blackmailing Scientologist transvestite jerk who runs an alarmist blog (but is really, deep down, just a William Connolley sock puppet), and has written as much on his blog. He is wrong. I find this amusing. You appear to have read the same posting by Dr. Motl and reached a different conclusion and then decided to threaten my life on my pathetic little blog. Chacun à son goût.

    And it only remains for me to welcome you to the reality-based portion of the blogosphere. Drive safely! -TS]

  2. Lubos Motl behaving like a psychotic fuckwit? Inconthievable!

  3. I do feel quite offended by the suggestion that I’m a Scientologist, but fortunately for Dr. Motl I’m not a Scientologist so I won’t be suing him.

    The IP of the coward who posted the death threat above, by the way, is 193.200.150.82.

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