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“…arctic temperature is still not above 32F–the latest date in fifty years of record keeping…” June 25, 2009

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“…arctic temperature is still not above 32F–the latest date in fifty years of record keeping…”

By Joseph D’Aleo
Jun 24, 2009

The average arctic temperature is still not above 32F–this the latest date in fifty years of record keeping that this has happened. Usually it is beginning to level off now and if it does so, it will stay near freezing on average in the arctic leading to still less melting than last summer which saw a 9% increase in arctic ice than in 2007. H/T FredM and MarcM

See larger image here. Compare with charts in other years here.

The AMSR-E shows the ice situation on June 23rd:

See where we stand relative to recent years in terms of total extent here. We are using JAXA-IJIS AMSR-E data to track ice as NSIDC is using older satellites and the new director Mark Serreze has proven untrustworthy. The next two months will be interesting. Temperatures usually begin flatlining in late June which would suggest less ice loss, although the water temperature beneath plays a key role and all of the warm water that entered the Arctic when the Atlantic was very warm in the middle 2000s (now is nearer normal) may not have circulated out yet.

The other question is what effect the early spring Mt. Redoubt eruptions may be having. Are the sulfate aerosols trapped in the arctic stratosphere reflecting back some of what sunlight reaches the high latitudes?

Along the edge of the arctic, Ross Hays who worked for CNN and then NASA who last year posted from Antartica sent this note to me “They have me working in arctic Sweden until mid July. One of the Esrange staff members told me that so far Kiruna had had the coldest June in 150 years!”

See PDF here.



1. Evan J. Tibbott - December 29, 2010

The repeated use by the mainstream media and others
showing a glacier breaking off(called “calving”) to
supposedly highlight “global warming” is misdirect-
ed and a natural process that occurs as a tidewater
moves inexorably toward the sea due to gravity.
When the glacier reaches the sea, the lower end
begins to float. This, combined with the warmer
air at that level will cause pieces of the ice to
break off(called “calving”), bringing about the birth of icebergs. Icebergs born along the west
coast of Greenland will find their way into the
southward-flowing Labrador Current and the North
Atlantic, where they will slowly melt.
The formation of icebergs in this fashion is a
natural process that has been going on ever since
glaciers reached the sea, and of itself, is not a
reliable indicator of “global warming”. My feeling
is that this picture was taken by someone on a sea
kayak or perhaps a cruise ship, who had an agenda,
and was subsequently blown out of proportion by the
news media, environmentalists and those wishing to create hysteria. Of itself, climate change is a natural process that is a part of earth’s history.

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