Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Arctic Sea Ice Melt Equals 2007 Record Pace

After lagging somewhat in August, the current Arctic total sea ice extent has caught up with the record low area of early September 2007. This puts it very close to the all-time record low at the 2007 seasonal minimum. The average ice extent for last month was the second lowest for August, behind only 2007. The chart (click to enlarge) from the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) shows data through Sept. 5.

The NSIDC reports:
Arctic sea ice extent averaged for August 2011 reached the second lowest level for the month in the 1979 to 2011 satellite record, and has now fallen below the minimum daily extents in 2010 and 2008, previously the third- and second-lowest Arctic sea ice extents in the satellite record.

1 comment:

sleepership said...

It looks like all those who say the ice was recovering from the 2007 decline are disappointed.

The ice may recover some next year, or it may not. At this point I Would not be surprised if we saw an 'ice free' arctic by 2020.

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