NASA polar propagandist Walt Meier claims Antarctic sea ice is at record low levels due to global warming.
(CNN)For what appears to be the first time since scientists began keeping track, sea ice in the Arctic and the Antarctic are at record lows this time of year. “It looks like, since the beginning of October, that for the first time we are seeing both the Arctic and Antarctic sea ice running at record low levels,” said Walt Meier, a research scientist with the Cryospheric Sciences Laboratory at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, who has tracked sea ice data going back to 1979.
Walt pulled his usual trick of ignoring pre-1979 satellite data. At the peak of the global cooling scare, Antarctic sea ice was nearly gone. The image below was from the Nimbus-5 satellite in January, 1976. There was almost no sea ice left around Antarctica.
From the same National Geographic article in 1976, all of our top government climate experts said Earth was rapidly cooling.
This graph from the 1990 IPCC report showed the low extent in 1976. I have asked NOAA for the source of this data, but they say they have been unable to locate it.
The next graph overlays the 1990 IPCC data on the post-1979 data at the same scale on both axes, and shows that Antarctic sea ice bottomed out in late 1976, with an anomaly of -2.6 million km².
NSIDC currently shows the Antarctic sea ice anomaly as -1.9 million km².
When Antarctic sea ice extent was at a record high not many months ago, Walt also blamed that on global warming. Heads I win, tails you lose.
A warming climate changes weather patterns, said Walt Meier, a research scientist at Goddard. Sometimes those weather patterns will bring cooler air to some areas. And in the Antarctic, where sea ice circles the continent and covers such a large area, it doesn’t take that much additional ice extent to set a new record.
I’m looking forward to President Trump putting an end to this scam. Enough is enough.