February Sea Ice Fourth Lowest in Sat Record

March 11, 2014

Nunatsiq Online:

As Arctic sea ice heads towards its maximum extent for the year some time this month, its measured extent in February 2014 was the fourth lowest since 1979, the National Snow and Ice Data Centre said last week.


Ice cover in the Arctic averaged 14.44 million square kilometres, 910,000 square kilometres below the 1981 to 2010 average.

The lowest February measurement of Arctic sea ice extent in the satellite record occurred in 2005, the Colorado-based centre said.


Blue is colder than average. Red is warmer than average.


Overall, Arctic sea ice grew slowly through February 2014.

There were periods of declining ice, likely related to changes in ice motion, the centre said.

Ice extent increased at an average daily rate of 14,900 square kilometres per day during the month.

But that is about 25 per cent slower than the 1981 to 2010 February average growth rate of 20,300 square kilometres per day.

As the maximum sea ice extent approaches, usually in the middle of March, the daily rate of ice growth is expected to slow.

Temperatures in the Arctic have been warmer than average, the centre noted, with temperatures ranging from four to eight degrees Celsius above average February.


11 Responses to “February Sea Ice Fourth Lowest in Sat Record”

  1. rayduray Says:


    If you only have time to read one in-depth and thoughtful article today, this is surely the one:



    Gaius Publius: Neoliberalism, “Just Desserts,” and the Post-Climate-Crisis Economy
    Posted on March 11, 2014 by Yves Smith

    By Gaius Publius, a professional writer living on the West Coast of the United States and contributing editor at AmericaBlog. Follow him on Twitter @Gaius_Publius and Facebook. Originally published at AmericaBlog

    [This is smart stuff.]

    • dumboldguy Says:

      JFC, Ray! Are you off topic All.The.Freakin’.Time?

      It’s a good thing this is one of the best things you’ve ever distracted us with. Well written and right on target. I agree that if you “only read one today”, this should be it.

      Getting back on topic, I predict that we are going to see record low ice in September. These are figures for extent, and if we recall some other recent posts, there has been a decrease in thicker multi-year ice. As several have said in past discussions, there will always be extent because it does get cold up there, but the volume keeps plummeting. And if this does turn out to be a record low year, I predict an ice-free Arctic summer soon.

      You guys who have been paying better attention—-what about El Nino? If a big El Nino arrives shortly after ice minimum, what does that mean for Arctic ice in 2014-2015?

      • rayduray Says:


        You wrote: JFC, Ray! Are you off topic All.The.Freakin’.Time?

        Why yes, as a matter of fact. It’s the joy of being an ombibulous generalist, donchaknow? 🙂

        As to ENSO and Arctic sea ice, I’ve not seen any mention of a link in the literature. As far as I’ve read, El Ninos tend to result in fewer Atlantic hurricanes, a drenched Peru, a wetter than normal U.S. Southwest, droughts in Oz and Indonesia and global surface air temp record highs such as was the case in 1998. YMMV.

  2. miffedmax Says:

    Please. I have Lord Monckton’s assurance that no such thing is happening, and he may have been in the room once or twice when Lady Thatcher and her advisers were discussing sciencey things.

  3. redskylite Says:

    The window for action is closing, “in some parts of Africa we could have a decline of 50% of agricultural yields by 2020” – Rajendra Pachauri, the chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change on the forthcoming IPCC WG3 report.


    I seem to remember Rajendra was chosen as chair, as he was considered a safe realist and acceptable to various sides. He states he is an incurable optimist.

    In my country a 2007 survey revealed that 90% of the populous regard climate change as a problem.

    In August 2012, a Horizons poll showed that 64.4 per cent of respondents wanted Parliament to do more to respond to global warming. 67.5 per cent of respondents wanted business to do more to address global warming. Horizons commented that the poll “makes a strong case for more political action”.


    Lets forget/ignore the irritating denial – brain dead people who seem hell-bent on self destruction and act. We are having an election this year and I will support the party who promises to act the most, I owe it to Africa and future generations.

  4. climatebob Says:

    Last year there was a small recovery due to a series of storms that kept the Sun hidden behind clouds. These same storms broke up the ice into smaller lumps so it will be very interesting to see what happens when the Sun shines. To add to the mix the likelihood of an El Nino has increased and although not due till the autumn could push the minimum down. http://www.climateoutcome.kiwi.nz/blog.html

  5. rayduray Says:

    Climate Change and the Iditarod Sled Dog Race: Some good news and some bad news.

    This year’s Alaska tropical edition featured the fastest finish time ever, and the dry conditions also yielded the greatest number of injuries among the mushers since the first modern Iditarod race was run in 1973.


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