Heading for New Record? Arctic Ice Record Low for July

August 4, 2020

National Snow and Ice Data Center:

The fast pace of ice loss observed in the beginning of July continued through the third week of July, after which the ice loss rates slowed dramatically. Above-average air temperatures and extensive melt pond development helped to keep the overall sea ice extent at record low levels, however, leading to a new record low for the month of July. Toward the end of the month, a strong low pressure system moved into the ice in the Beaufort Sea region. Antarctic sea ice extent remains below average levels as it climbs towards its seasonal maximum, which is typically reached in early October.


6 Responses to “Heading for New Record? Arctic Ice Record Low for July”

  1. rhymeswithgoalie Says:

    It’s back on track with 2019 at the moment:

    • grindupbaker Says:

      Typically, if I heat something for 22 years with 396,000,000,000 of the 1 kW heaters then just keep right on heating it ~exactly then I’d expect it to get warmer & also if it had ice I’d expect it to get less of that over sufficient time (few years, few decades). But however, it might be that ice specialists know an extra factor where ice just keeps getting more & more with that arrangement and I’ve been forbidden from doing my own research by the organization that’s in charge of forbidding me from doing my own research. So, likely that heating, getting warmer thing is all completely wrong. So look for a Full Blown Ice Age next year.

      • rhymeswithgoalie Says:

        “Sea ice” can mean so many things. (Charctic shows how much of the Arctic Ocean has at least a mere 15% sea ice.)

        Heat content correlates to total volume of ice rather than surface area.
        Polar bears and walruses depend on distribution on the surface.
        Low-albedo feedback depends on exact total area (weighted by lower latitudes) on the surface.
        Shipping depends finding lanes of “thin” or no ice.
        Drilling depends on how often you have to shut down when there’s a massive floe in the vicinity, and how long it takes you to shut down and start up again.

        • grindupbaker Says:

          I had thought that “Sea ice” meant ice on the surface of the sea, but I don’t have the special scientist deeper insight so I’ll go with whatever you say. It’s easier than doing my own research anyway, leaves extra time for eating.

          • rhymeswithgoalie Says:

            The metric for heat added is volume. The resultant ice coverage has different implications for wildlife, human activity and albedo, smartass.

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