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    Arctic refreeze fastest ever

    Posted on October 18, 2012 by Anthony Watts

    After all of the news about a minimum record ice extent last month, this is interesting. As we know when water loses its ice cover, it allows a lot of heat to radiate into space as LWIR. many predictied that as a result of the extra open ocean surface, we see a very fast refreeze in the Arctic. It appears they were right. In fact, this is the fastest monthly scale refreeze rate in the NSIDC satellite record going back to 1979.

    Here’s JAXA data plotted to show what has happened:

    From the blog sunshine hours, here’s an analysis using NSIDC data:

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    Today is day 291 in the Arctic. The minimum in 2012 was on day 260 – 31 days ago.

    If you calculate the percentage of ice gained (the refreeze) 31 days after minimum, then 2012 is the fastest refreeze ever!


    So where are the headlines?
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      Originally posted by The Doctor View Post
      So where are the headlines?
      TBH, I hadn't heard of the new Arctic sea-ice minimum from the media until, if I remember correctly, sometime in August. That doesn't mean it wasn't heralded earlier....

      From your graph, it appears that the deeper the troughs, the quicker the rebound. It also appears that the prior maximum and melting began at a later point in time than normal. Could there be any correlation? What would be of interest would be the sea-ice maximum attained this season. BTW, nice graph.


      • #4
        It should be noted that while there was quite a loss in sea ice in the Arctic, there was a record cover of sea ice in the Antarctic this year.

        This is bad news for the penguins that will be forced to walk across all of that extra ice to reach their breeding grounds. The population will take an extra hit from starving and dying birds.

        Meanwhile, there are more polar bears then ever living near the Arctic Ocean.
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