DailyTech – Sea Ice Ends Year at Same Level as 1979 – FYI.

Lies I say! Now Let’s All Sing! Laaaaaa!

Rapid growth spurt leaves amount of ice at levels seen 29 years ago. Thanks to a rapid rebound in recent months, global sea ice levels now equal those seen 29 years ago, when the year 1979 also drew to a close.

Ice levels had been tracking lower throughout much of 2008, but rapidly recovered in the last quarter. In fact, the rate of increase from September onward is the fastest rate of change on record, either upwards or downwards. The data is being reported by the University of Illinois’s Arctic Climate Research Center, and is derived from satellite observations of the Northern and Southern hemisphere polar regions.

Earlier this year, predictions were rife that the North Pole could melt entirely in 2008. Instead, the Arctic ice saw a substantial recovery. Bill Chapman, a researcher with the UIUC’s Arctic Center, tells DailyTech this was due in part to colder temperatures in the region. Chapman says wind patterns have also been weaker this year. Strong winds can slow ice formation as well as forcing ice into warmer waters where it will melt.

In May, concerns over disappearing sea ice led the U.S. to officially list the polar bear a threatened species, over objections from experts who claimed the animal’s numbers were increasing.

Perhaps the Dvorak.org should revisit this topic.

  1. Paddy-O says:

    # 162 Misanthropic Scott said, “Always nice to see when someone can’t tell the difference between weather and climate.”

    That’s right. Now that global temps are falling the “Global warming” cabal now scream that it isn’t about actual global temps rising but, other as of yet undefined “change”.

  2. jbellies says:

    Not finding any hits on this loooong page for “salt” or “salinity” … if the polar glaciers are melting, doesn’t that decrease the salinity of the ocean (and in particular the salinity of the surface waters in the polar regions), thus making that same water easier to freeze come next winter? So doesn’t that make this an “expected result” of global, er, climate change)?


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