A new record. Unfortunately.

Apparently, the decade-plus-long decline in arctic sea ice extent has continued this year, reaching a record low extent with about a month-ish of additional melting expected to occur.  Check out It’s Okay to Be Smart for a great animation illustrating the trend over the last 23 years:

http://www.itsokaytobesmart.com/post/30253379577/arctic-sea-ice-melt-minimum

Ooops!  Image from http://www.realclimate.org

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3 Responses to A new record. Unfortunately.

  1. John says:

    2013 update- after a cold year, the minimum extent is significantly larger than last year, though still ~1.5 standard deviations below the 30-year mean:
    http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=82094&src=eoa-iotd
    From the satellite imagery, it looks like the Northwest Passage (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Northwest_passage.jpg) is almost, but not quite, open…

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