Ice, Ice, Baby
NOAA put out its “state of the climate” report. It is interesting to note a few of the points that are buried in the report:
The average Arctic sea ice extent during March 2012 was 3.4 percent below average, ranking ninth smallest March extent since satellite records began in 1979. This is the largest March Arctic sea ice extent since 2008 and one of the largest March extents of the past decade. Arctic sea ice reached its annual maximum extent on March 18th, 12 days later than average.
Ok, so largest extent in the past decade and its maximum extent was 12 days later than average. If you check out this graph, you’ll see that the trend is towards a growing Arctic sea ice extent. I might even question whether the data point for 2011 is in error as the broader trend is heading the other way.
On the opposite pole, Antarctic sea ice during March was 16.0 percent above average and ranked fourth largest March extent in the 34-year period of record.
Hmm, where is all this sea ice receding and polar bears clinging to melting ice for their lives??
Some of the climate change folks are starting to change their tune a bit. Less doom and gloom and, to use his phrase, “All right, I made a mistake.” He claimed a university or government scientist might fear an admission of a mistake would lead to the loss of funding.
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