Shortest Arctic Melt Season On Record?

As it stands right now, August 31 was the date of minimum sea ice extent in the MASIE record. This is the first year the minimum occurred during August.  The map below shows ice gain and loss since August 31.

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Summers are ending earlier, and the Arctic is starting to freeze earlier.

Northern Hemisphere September snow cover has been above normal for five years in a row.

Rutgers University Climate Lab :: Global Snow Lab

Autumn snow cover has been expanding for 50 years.

Rutgers University Climate Lab :: Global Snow Lab

The average last day above 80 degrees comes several days earlier in the US than it did a century ago.

All indications are that summer is getting shorter and cooler, which is why people like Mosher are desperate to tamper with the daily temperature data.

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31 Responses to Shortest Arctic Melt Season On Record?

  1. Roger Roots says:

    This is major news. Why won’t the media cover it?

    • Josh says:

      too busy blaming agw for us open
      and hurricanes

    • arn says:

      They do:
      New York Times has just now released a New Article:
      “First Time in History Arctic Minimum occured in August.
      Proof for global warming and that catastrophies are now the new normal”

    • Griff says:

      Because it isn’t true.

      The melt season is not over.

      • spike55 says:

        NSIDC will bottom out at over 20 times the area of the UK, griff-troll

        Nowhere near 1 wadham.

        Somewhere between 4.8 and 4.9 wadhams

        No more Arctic sea-ice bed-wetting for you, chicken-little.

      • Andy says:


        But having said that this is is an average year and the minimum extent will be likely to be above the average for the past few years.

        Does one year matter though to crow or cry about? ;)


        Watching this is like watching ice melt or white paint dry. You just have to love it long time as a hobby and not get carried away with spikes.


        No doubt Dumb55 will now mention then Holocene… lol

    • Andy says:

      Melt season statistically is not over yet for a start.


  2. GW Smith says:

    This is the most pathetic summer I’ve seen in 29 years on the Southern Oregon coast. Foggy again today. In 1990 or 91 we had two weeks in a row over 100. Haven’t seen 100 in over 10 years.

  3. AndyDC says:

    This morning, their was one station in the Canadian Arctic that was 19 and another one that was 21. Frost and freezing temperatures down to northern Minnesota. I would assume these kinds of temperatures must be taking place earlier than normal, thus a very early end to the melt season.

  4. angech says:

    Too early, Too early, Too early, Too early, Too early, Too early.
    While very happy I think it better too keep quiet for another 2 weeks at least. Fram Straight export rubbish comments elsewhere stopped since the bulk of the ice moved eastwards.
    Keep up the good work Tony.

    • Griff says:

      There has indeed been a remarkable absence of Fram export this season…

      • spike55 says:

        Yep, has left a very large amount of thick sea ice for next year.

      • Andy says:

        I don’t agree with this as being the main driving force for ice loss in the Antarctic to be honest Griff.

        Main driving force is the winds and sun and warm ocean currents. Wind and sun this year has not helped melt but the warm north Atlantic drift has helped warmer Siberian side clear out a lot of ice on the Russian side whilst the Canadian side got stuck in a deep freeze than also affected Greenland.

        • spike55 says:

          “clear out a lot of ice on the Russian side ”

          um.. check your data.

          In MASIE, the East Siberian Sea ice extent is above every year except 2006, 2013 and 2014

          There is only a narrow channel to pass through along the Siberian coast.

    • Andy says:

      Agree totally.

      Tony can crow October 1st:)

      He will do.

      The writing is on the wall for the death Spiral.

      So far.. keep tuned !


  5. LexingtonGreen says:

    Hmm. Seems to be causing problems for those in the business of selling the ice free Artic story.

  6. Griff says:

    It is still melting.

    Other extent measures are still dropping.

    The melt season is not over.

    • spike55 says:

      Still, a LONG, LONG way to go down to 1 wadham.

      And even further to go to the regular ice free summers of the first 9000 years of the Holocene.

      Or are you going to DENY CLIMATE CHANGE, griff-troll?

      • Andy says:

        Rather than post a good reply saying at this time of year ice extent values do sway by a long amount each way due to the ice being disruptive and influential to wind and latent heat from the ocean but that will not have any impact you instead say

        1. Wadham
        2. troll
        3. Holocene ( AGAIN )

        Well done Dumbestever55

        You are a clever chap, I know that from reading your past posts, but you keep falling into the trap of following your heart rather than your head and ending up sounding just like ForrestGump55

        Be scientific in your replies. This is what this blog is about. Have you seen the title?


        • Colorado Wellington says:

          “… sounding just like ForrestGump55”

          Forrest Gump would cut through the global warming bullshit like the champ he is. He didn’t get fooled by any PC garbage, did he?

          And why do you always sound like Andy-Andy?

      • spike55 says:


        Seems you are DENYING CLIMATE CHANGE , again, little-andy

      • spike55 says:

        Poor little-andy, can’t take being shown just how WRONG he is about Holocene and current sea ice levels being still so high.

        You are more the Billy Madison type.

        Remain IGNORANT and in denial… its all you have.

    • Disillusioned says:

      “It is still melting.”

      You don’t give up easily.

      It’s over. You failed. Your prophets failed. You were wrong. your prophets were wrong. There are millions of km2 ice in the Arctic. It’s not a record loss. It’s the opposite. CO2 doesn’t melt ice. AGW is a fantasy. You lose.

  7. Andy says:

    Another point about this year is that it is a relatively high summer extent value and low winter extent.

    So currently low winter extent cannot provide a good estimate for summer extent.

    There was a lot of shit on neven about meltponds accelerating the extent minimum but that just turned out to be fancy. Melt ponds do have an affect and in 10 years time they might have more of an affect, but not now.


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