Rapidly Growing Arctic Sea Ice

While all the usual fraudsters are talking about disappearing Arctic ice, it is growing extremely fast. The animation below show the explosion of Arctic ice over the past five days.


The melt season this year was about one month shorter than normal.


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33 Responses to Rapidly Growing Arctic Sea Ice

  1. Steve Case says:

    And so, another year of watching the Arctic sea ice wax and wane begins.

  2. Windsong says:

    Tony, thanks for posting this. If only the readers of my local fish wrapper, The Seattle Times, could also see it. Here are the headlines and reporters for stories readers have been treated to in the online edition the past 24 hours: 9/14/16, “More bad news for polar bears: UW scientists find dire ice conditions,” by ST science reporter Sandi Doughton. 9/15/16, “Sea ice in Arctic shrinks to second lowest level on record,” by AP reporter Seth Borenstein.

    • Jim Hunt says:

      Well Windsong. Although Tony’s graph leaves out 2007 for some strange reason, Arctic sea ice extent did in actual fact shrink to the second lowest level in the Sea Ice Index record going back to 1979.

      So what’s your beef?

      • AndyG55 says:

        You really are a piece of low-class excrement,

        .. The graph covers every year back to 2010..

        Doesn’t leave out 2012 like your little bit of FRAUD.

      • Richard says:

        and yet in 1967 the Russians were going to offer the North passage for world shipping.

        • Richard says:

          |The first offer to open the Northern Sea Route to international shipping was made
          early in 1967, when it was argued that it could save thirteen days between Hamburg and
          Yokohama as opposed to the conventional link via Suez. Soviet cargo carriers made three
          demonstration voyages from north European ports and Japan. Unforeseen events then
          intervened. The Suez Canal was closed later in 1967 by war and the invitation for international
          shipping on the sea route was quietly withdrawn. The Soviets apparently did not wish to offend
          friendly Arab governments by offering an alternative to the Suez Canal. The Canal was to
          remain blocked for eight years and international shipping adjusted smoothly to using the Cape


          • Richard says:

            of course back in the early 2oth century when the Hudson bay company and others were using the Arctic- none of this-

            “There is a hyperbolic navigation system and some 2500
            navigation aids, radio and light beacons in the Arctic. Considerable experience has been gained
            in ice forecasting, both for voyage planning and to advise ships about optimum ice routes. An
            undisclosed number of early warning military radar stations and other defence installations are
            scattered along the route. Their numbers alone complicate their supply and support by sea,
            along with that of radio stations and other installations.”

          • Richard says:


            “Cargo peaked in 1987 at 6.6 million tons and has since declined as the centrallyplanned and controlled economy has unravelled”

          • Richard says:

            “A pioneering through passage
            without mishap was achieved in 1934. Icebreakers escorted the first through voyages by
            freighters in 1935 and by warships (two destroyers) the next year”

        • Jim Hunt says:

          What on Earth has that got to do with 2016 posting the second lowest minimum extent in the SII record?

          • AndyG55 says:

            In a 38 year record , coming down off the EXTREME of 1979 (which was at the end of a proven COOLING spell of some 30 year?)

            SO WHAT. !!!

            Still nowhere near 1 Wadham.

            And still NOWHERE NEAR the often ZERO sea ice of the first 3/4 of the Holocene before the NEOGLACIATION

            When are you going to get the GUTS to admit those facts?

            Or will you remain a COWARD for ever.

          • AndyG55 says:

            Minimum this year was about 4.3 Wadhams, wasn’t it Jimbo?

          • Richard says:

            how far back is that record ?

            Lets see if that answers you question as to why i post an event from 1935.

          • AndyG55 says:

            Notice how Jimbo goes silent when faced with the longer history of Arctic sea ice.

            So funny to watch such a coward in operation.

      • tonyheller says:

        Only a total slimeball would accuse me of generating a DMI graph.

        • Jim Hunt says:

          Why on Earth would I accuse you of generating a DMI graph? Especially when your graph looks remarkably like this one from the University of Bremen:


          with some added annotations?

          The point being that 2007 was the previous “second lowest” behind 2012. Now it’s in 3rd place behind 2016.

          • AndyG55 says:

            Lowest was about 4.3 Wadhams…

            Nowhere near the zeros of before the Neoglaciation.

          • Jim Hunt says:

            What on Earth has that got to do with whether the extract from Seth Borenstein’s article that Windsong quoted is accurate or not?

          • AndyG55 says:

            Deflect.. run.. hide.. the Jimbo way.

            4.3 Wadham.s

            right Jimbo

            And again WHY did the scam boat pre-plan the most southern rout possible?

            Waiting for an answer..

            Best route for low ice would be this one..

          • AndyG55 says:

            “And again, WHY did the scam boat pre-plan the most southern route possible?”

            Crickets chirping !

          • Jim Hunt says:

            At the risk of repeating myself repeating myself, it’s bleedin’ obvious. That’s the route that’s most likely to be “ice free”.

            Why on Earth do you keep bleating about “Wadhams”? The Polar Ocean Challenge never mentioned him. That is a straw man of your own construction. See:


          • AndyG55 says:

            ““And again, WHY did the scam boat pre-plan the most southern route possible?”

            Crickets STILL chirping !

            Perhaps they KNEW that the sea ice level was unlikely to drop much lower than 4.3 Wadhams.

            Maybe they did some research using satellite data and figured out beforehand that EVERY OTHER ROUTE WOULD BE BLOCKED.

          • AndyG55 says:

            For your information.

            The unit “Wadham” = 1 million km²

            This will gradually be adopted as a new unit of Arctic sea ice area, named after a very auspicious fraudster and alarmist.

        • Richard says:

          as the sea route was developed with navigation aids the length of season increased

          Volume of Cargo and Length of Voyages on the Northern Sea Route,
          Year Length of Season
          1935 93 days
          1940 93 days
          1950 122 days
          1960 128 days
          1970 140-150 days
          1980 year round for
          western section
          1987 year round for
          western section

  3. Lasse says:

    “Open sea will attract more energy from sun. ” The spiral that will eat ice cover for ever.
    A statement now hard to believe.

  4. Dmh says:

    Similar to what happened in 2012, there was a period of “fastest growth of ice extent on record” that year, which was also the year before the great of “recovery” of 2013 – highly celebrated by us, skeptics.
    The solar cycle now is “at” or near the cycle minimum, which is even better than 2013 conditions in this respect. Add to that that N. Atlantic is now colder than in 2013, although average Earth’s temperatures are little higher.
    Perhaps the great amount of ice on N. Canada that year helped to go from “lowest minimum on record” to “recovery” status, but solar radiation – I am sure – played an important role too.
    I’m very optimistic about the Arctic ice for 2017.
    We could have a repeat of 2013.

  5. Dmh says:

    The low levels of ice this year are still a consequence of the relatively strong 2nd peak of the solar cycle in 2014-15.
    All this activity is over, but it also generated the powerful El Nino of 2015-16 that I still don’t understand very well.
    2017 is a completely different story though.
    The most probable scenario is a return to the conditions of the 1st. semester of 2013, when so many record snowfalls and low temps were registered *everywhere*.

  6. Ken says:

    It is now Sept 28th and the rapid growth is truly amazing. I am by no means an expert but it sure looks impressive to me.

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