Notes from the Arctic: Dr. Jason Box on Winter 2014

March 8, 2014

Dr. Jason Box, Chief Scientist of the Dark Snow Project, and a researcher formerly of the Byrd Polar Center at Ohio State, now with the Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland – has spent the last week in Svalbard, a group of Islands high in the arctic, controlled by Norway.
I asked him to chat by skype and update us on the intense winter of 2013 and 14, the “cold continents warm arctic” paradox, and the ‘ridiculously resilient ridge” that continues to deliver punishment on both sides of the atlantic.

 

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15 Responses to “Notes from the Arctic: Dr. Jason Box on Winter 2014”

  1. Andy Lee Robinson Says:

    Thanks Peter, was good to see Jason in action again.

    I just made a new Arctic Death Spiral last night with volume data up to Feb 2014, and it also confirms observations.
    I’m not sure if I can embed it here in this comment, but it can be found here:

    Appears the much trumpeted ‘recovery’ last year has melted away, and the spiral continues.

    It’s going to be an interesting year.

  2. ClimateState Says:

    Are these readings the prequel to a strong El Nino 2014/2015?

    • astrostevo Says:

      From what I gather, 2014 will like the first El Nino year in quite a few years too (as noted in a recent issue of ‘New Scientist’ magazine) – not sure how this effects the Arctic but certainly means a potentially awful drought and heatwave situation for us in Australia and probably global heat records tumbling.

      (I know the ENSO cycle does effect the whole globe.)


  3. […] ClimateCrocks: Dr. Jason Box, Chief Scientist of the Dark Snow Project, and a researcher formerly of the Byrd Polar Center at Ohio State, now with the Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland – has spent the last week in Svalbard, a group of Islands high in the arctic, controlled by Norway. I asked him to chat by skype and update us on the intense winter of 2013 and 14, the “cold continents warm arctic” paradox, and the ‘ridiculously resilient ridge” that continues to deliver punishment on both sides of the atlantic. […]


  4. Went to Bodega Bay, north of San Francisco, for my daughters birthday. Wore a t-shirt, got sunburned, and watch a bunch of little kids in swimsuits playing in the surf on the beach. This is winter. California might have its faults, but some days you have to love it here.

    • rayduray Says:

      Hi Candice,

      Thanks for the memories. I’ve been to beautiful Bodega, and I recall one Christmas recently walking out into the surf with a young nephew at La Jolla beach. It was a learning moment. Ten minutes immersion equaled 20 minutes shivering for a skinny 11 year old. The silver lining? He’s now an expert on wet suits. 🙂

  5. redskylite Says:

    Warm Arctic – cold continents, Arctic Paradox seen so much discussion under so many different names/titles on this recent phenomena of the deterioration of the Polar Vortex and associated exaggerated Rossby waves – I think it is all a part of what Wikipedia describes as the “Arctic dipole anomaly”:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arctic_dipole_anomaly

    http://www.arctic.noaa.gov/future/warm_arctic_cold_continent.html

    http://www.noaa.gov/features/02_monitoring/warmarctic.html


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