Arctic Ice Being Blown Off Shore

Alarmists are currently hysterical about ice melting in the Beaufort Sea. Only problem is that it isn’t melting. A high pressure system created winds which blew the ice offshore – but facts don’t matter to alarmists.

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The satellite animation shows what happened. Note that the satellites are pretty messed up right now, and the images are losing some colors – but it is still easy to see what happened to the ice.

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16 Responses to Arctic Ice Being Blown Off Shore

  1. Password protected says:

    Many people that ‘believe’ don’t even know that arctic ice is floating ice. That’s scientist stuff.

  2. Canadian Ice Service posted a NASA animation of this phenomenon a few days ago. Their caption said this:

    “MODIS Terra imagery taken between April 4 and May 3, 2016 of the Beaufort Sea. The animation highlights the gradual ice breakup due to the Beaufort gyre.”

    See it here: http://www.ec.gc.ca/glaces-ice/default.asp?Lang=En&n=602ED529-1

    I wrote about it yesterday (in relation to polar bear habitat), with related maps, here:

    https://polarbearscience.com/2016/05/12/beaufort-sea-fractured-ice-due-to-strong-beaufort-gyre-action-not-early-melt/

    It’s not just thin ice that’s breaking up – the thick ice is being torn up as well.

    Susan

    • tonyheller says:

      I wonder what satellite they are using?

      • Tony, the Canadian ice animation lists MODIS Terra as the satellite source. I’ve noticed that the much newer Suomi VIIRS on NASA WorldView has been dropping some of the visible channel data causing oddities in the 3-channel composites.

        I like the Terra MODIS 3-6-7 composite that helps to separate the ice as red and clouds as white. The Suomi VIIRS M3-I3-M11 composite also looks similar, but lately has been suffering from the channel dropouts like the true color RGB composites. I notice that problem is mainly at higher latitudes for some reason. Too bad the VIIRS instrument is already having problems since it is the MODIS replacement. Not a good sign.

  3. richard says:

    First time i have seen that- more of these please.

  4. jake says:

    it’s only possible because it’s melting, and its gone thinner. That’s why it only starts cracking and being pushed from the shore like this at this time of year, not earlier when its thicker and less susceptible.

    Its going to be a bit awkward isn’t it when a new sea ice minimum is reached?

    • tonyheller says:

      Temperatures have been below freezing for six months. The ice is not melting

    • richard says:

      Jake, you might want to renew your fridge if you have it set on freezing and every time you open it a flood of water gushes out.

    • Menicholas says:

      Sane people are not bothered by a somewhat less frigidly frozen Arctic wasteland Jake.
      Why are you?

      • RAH says:

        He’s probably worried about the Polar bears and hasn’t heard they’re doing just fine. Nor does he know that right now the Arctic temp is very close to the mean for this time of year which is about 265 Kelvin or between 17 and 18 deg. F.

        http://ocean.dmi.dk/arctic/plots/meanTarchive/meanT_2016.png

      • Colorado Wellington says:

        Sane people are not bothered by a somewhat less frigidly frozen Arctic wasteland Jake.
        Why are you?

        Menicholas, Jake is not bothered by it. He’s ecstatic and pleased with himself like the whole lot of them. They tell us that global warming and polar ice melting are the most terrible, horrible, no good, very bad thing but they cheer every time they think they see signs of it.

        They certainly don’t show any worries. They behave just like all garden-variety Commies who ostensibly side with the working people against “capitalism” but are delighted whenever they imagine they discovered some new injustice.

        No difference, really. It’s a sick bunch.

    • AndyG55 says:

      “a new sea ice minimum ”

      roflmao.

      Jake, for the first 3/4 or more of the Holocene, it was regularly ZERO in summer.

      It isn’t going to get anywhere near that.

      Arctic sea ice is only so extensive because it is still trying to recover from the coldest period in the last 10,000 years

      You seem to be ignorant enough to use just a short period of data, and thinking anything extraordinary is happening. You really need to go out and do some actually research and stop being such a guillible twit.

    • Tom Moran says:

      Ice extent is primarily a function of wind as evidenced by the video. Jake is confusing ice extent with ice volume.

  5. Marina says:

    There is a good change to reach a new minimum extent on September.

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