Summer In The Arctic

In order to get a big summer melt of Arctic sea ice, there has to be a lot of melting in June when the sun is highest in the sky.  This year it is snowing.

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17 Responses to Summer In The Arctic

  1. Gator says:

    Been warm this week in Anchorage and Denali. Just returned from Eielson after a beautiful day, the peak was clearly visible until around noon. Got a great up close and personal lynx sighting, very rare. This beautiful weather must be stopped at any cost. Think of the children.

  2. Lasse says:

    Forget about the sun in June in Arctic.
    http://ocean.dmi.dk/arctic/meant80n.php
    Ice and water gives a blanket of moist and a perfect cooling, year after year.
    Or as icebreaker Odens crew stated after two months at the North pool:
    No sunset seen!

  3. tom0mason says:

    From https://spaceweatherarchive.com/2019/05/31/huge-blue-cloud-circles-the-north-pole/

    May 31, 2019: A huge blue cloud of frosted meteor smoke is pinwheeling around the Arctic Circle. NASA’s AIM spacecraft spotted its formation on May 20th, and it has since circled the North Pole one and a half times, expanding in size more than 200-fold.

    “These are noctilucent clouds,” says Cora Randall of the AIM science team at the University of Colorado. “And they are going strong.”

    Noctilucent clouds (NLCs) in May are nothing unusual. They form every year around this time when the first wisps of summertime water vapor rise to the top of Earth’s atmosphere. Molecules of H2O adhere to specks of meteor smoke, forming ice crystals 80 km above Earth’s surface. When sunbeams hit those crystals, they glow electric-blue.

    But these NLCs are different. They’re unusually strong and congregated in a coherent spinning mass, instead of spreading as usual all across the polar cap.

    “This is most likely a sign of planetary wave activity,” says Randall.
    https://spaceweatherarchive.files.wordpress.com/2019/05/nlc_anim_strip.gif

    Also of note is that June is the best month this year for watching for daytime meteors, as ..
    “These are Arietid meteors, and they peak every year in early June as Earth passes through a debris stream linked to the unusual comet 96P/Machholz,” says professor Peter Brown of the University of Western Ontario. “At their peak on June 7th, we expect our radar to detect one Arietid every 20 seconds. This makes them the 5th strongest radar shower of the year.”

    In fact, people can see daylight meteors–a few at least. The trick is to look just before dawn when the shower’s radiant is barely above the horizon and the sun is barely below.

    “The Arietids an observer would see before dawn are quite impressive as they are all Earthgrazers, skimming the atmosphere almost horizontally overhead,” notes Brown. “Earthgrazers tend to be slow and very bright.”

    Also from https://spaceweatherarchive.com/2019/06/04/june-is-the-best-month-for-daytime-meteor-showers/

  4. Theyouk says:

    Hi Tony–Somewhat OT, but the Toronto Raptors certainly displayed tremendous effort in winning the NBA Championship last night.

    OTOH, the Toronto Star (newspaper) is displaying quite a lack of academic rigor in the front-page special feature appearing directly below the celebration of the Raptor’s win. The piece is a celebration of emotional hand-wringing over the impending demise of Prince Edward Island due to…you guessed it, Climate Change (see: http://projects.thestar.com/climate-change-canada/prince-edward-island/)

    The article touts climate change-induced sea level rise; funny, I don’t see any clear markers of a change in what was already happening: https://tidesandcurrents.noaa.gov/sltrends/sltrends_station.shtml?id=970-031 It’s still the steady 3.22 mm/yr, and has dropped in absolute levels from 9 years ago.

    Additionally, the author(s) ignore PEI’s geological history as a factor. From Wikipedia: “GEOLOGY:
    Between 250 and 300 million years ago, freshwater streams flowing from ancient mountains brought silt, sand and gravel into what is now the Gulf of St. Lawrence. These sediments accumulated to form a sedimentary basin, and make up the island’s bedrock. When the Pleistocene glaciers receded about 15,000 years ago, glacial debris such as till were left behind to cover most of the area that would become the island. This area was connected to the mainland by a strip of land, but when ocean levels rose as the glaciers melted this land strip was flooded, forming the island. As the land rebounded from the weight of the ice, the island rose up to elevate it further from the surrounding water.”

    The ‘bedrock’ of PEI is actually a sedimentary sandstone (part of the Pictou Group) that is prone to erosion.

    The article also cites increasing storms and intensity of storms. I don’t have data on this, but I suspect that if true, this may reflect similar causes/attributes as what drives tornado activity in the US–more cold air dropping into the region and clashing with Atlantic-warmed air masses.

    This piece (with a special note from Editor Irene Gentle) is like so many pieces by CNN’s John Sutter and more–it’s a beautifully written piece, steeped in emotion, full of human stories, and is intellectually lazy and fraudulent–yet the general public eats it up.

    So, I will be happy for the Raptors and their win (no offense to my many friends who are Warriors fans), but I will lament that the state of reporting–at least at the Toronto Star–has fallen to such a low level.

    Have a great weekend all!

  5. mwhite says:

    But we get this from the Beeb

  6. mwhite says:

    Point to note Greenpeace to scared to go back to Russia

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-48627115

    Stick to the soppy west.

  7. Phil. says:

    In order to get a big summer melt of Arctic sea ice, there has to be a lot of melting in June when the sun is highest in the sky. This year it is snowing.

    Not today:

  8. griff says:

    “…temperatures over the western Greenland ice sheet have been abnormally high while snow has been well below normal…”

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/weather/2019/06/14/arctic-ocean-greenland-ice-sheet-have-seen-record-june-ice-loss/?utm_term=.433605e1f58f

    Temperatures leap 40 degrees above normal as the Arctic Ocean and Greenland ice sheet see record June melting

    • Disillusioned says:

      Ahh, griff trusts the Washington Post, second only to the NYT in fake print news.

      Instead of looking at Capital Weather Gang’s posted scary images of orange and red (“European model simulation of temp differences from normal”), you could go to LIVE and see real images – snow and ice as far as you can see, -9 C at the webcam right now.
      http://www.summitcamp.org/status/webcam/
      Greenland melts every summer, as it has every summer, for millennia. But thanks for the castastrophism.

      Show us you’re balanced – be sure and let us know when temps go 40 BELOW normal somewhere on earth. I won’t hold my breath.

    • Mick says:

      Fahrenheit not Celcius

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