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Antarctica Ice Coverage Reaches Record High: Top Climate Scientist Says “We Have More To Learn”

Climate Scientists losing confidence as four-deviations-above-average figures bust climate models

Lewis Page — The A Register — October 9, 2014

Climate scientists have confessed they are baffled – yet again – by another all-time record area of sea covered by ice around the Antarctic coasts.

“What we’re learning is, we have more to learn,” said Ted Scambos, lead scientist at the US National Snow and Ice Data Center, announcing the latest annual sea ice maximum for the austral continent. According to the NSIDC:

Sea ice surrounding the Antarctic continent reached its maximum extent on September 22 at 20.11 million square kilometers (7.76 million square miles). This is 1.54 million square kilometers (595,000 square miles) above the 1981 to 2010 average extent, which is nearly four standard deviations above average. Antarctic sea ice averaged 20.0 million square kilometers (7.72 million square miles) for the month of September. This new record extent follows consecutive record winter maximum extents in 2012 and 2013. The reasons for this recent rapid growth are not clear. Sea ice in Antarctica has remained at satellite-era record high daily levels for most of 2014.

Climate scientists have been puzzled by the behaviour of the southern ice for many years now. The most commonly used models say that its steady growth should not be happening in a warming world (though the warming of the world is also in doubt, as air temperatures have been steady for the last fifteen years or more – and it turns out that deep ocean temperatures are not increasing either, leaving the “mystery” of the apparent end of global warming “unsolved”).  Continue reading here…..

Related from the Weather Network:  Antarctic Sea Ice Reaches Highest Maximum on Record

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4 Comments on “Antarctica Ice Coverage Reaches Record High: Top Climate Scientist Says “We Have More To Learn””

  1. sandcanyongal October 12, 2014 at 12:27 am #

    This story is contrary to Will Steger who explored both the Arctic and Antarctic poles and is respected world wide. He is an authority on the poles.
    http://newswatch.nationalgeographic.com/2010/12/07/remembering_antarctica_20_year/

    “July 26th 1989: It’s Antarctica that we are looking at that is going to be the main player in the destiny of the human race. It’s this snow and ice here. If the atmosphere warms up, the ice right in this area is going to break off into the ocean.”

    At the time, it didn’t seem possible that an ice mass this large could actually break up. It seemed that the Larsen was as permanent as the Antarctic continent itself. But in March 2002, I was thumbing through the Minneapolis Star Tribune when on page nine in bold print I read, “Larsen B Ice Shelf Disintegrates.” It seemed at first that this was science fiction, and it took days before I could grasp the extent of this global environmental catastrophe.

    There is no way to comprehend the massiveness of the disintegration of the Larsen ice shelf unless you ski and walk every step of the way. It took us 31 days–from July 27 to August 26, 1989–to cross the full length of this ice shelf.

    http://www.stthomas.edu/news/explorer-will-steger-to-give-eyewitness-to-global-warming-lecture-here-monday/
    http://www.nationalgeographic.com/explorers/bios/will-steger/

  2. sandcanyongal October 12, 2014 at 12:52 am #

    See paragraph 7 that he endorses wind energy – yuk.

    http://www.crookstontimes.com/article/20130918/NEWS/130919606?template=printart

  3. sandcanyongal October 12, 2014 at 2:41 pm #

    This artice still conflicts with scientific findings. Antarctica is affected by a huge ozone hole caused by depletion caused by chlorofluorocarbons in the atmosphere. In fact I read an article about lead and it’s impact through history.
    http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-29568505

    The man, Midgley who was responsible for adding lead to gasoline also invented chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) a cause of ozone depletion. Antarctica is affected by it too.

    I appreciate a good debate but not lies for profit. Neither should anyone else. There is plenty of information right on the web to educate us.

  4. Alec Sevins October 14, 2014 at 2:19 pm #

    Here we go again on this site, using climate denial as an “us vs. them” ruse to combat wind turbines. Very disappointing.

    The truth is that Antarctic ice is only growing superficially, and the western shelf is showing signs of collapse. It’s all in the details and it doesn’t counteract the massive loss of Arctic and glacial ice around the world. Instead of cherry-picking these things, why not admit that Man is having major impacts on nature, and AGW must be added to wind turbine blight?

    Oil is finite and must be phased out sooner or later, so just because wind turbines are a bad way to replace oil doesn’t make oil benign! Use some critical thinking.

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