Arctic Ice has Actually Grown? All the Data Agrees?
Posted by Jeff Id on August 31, 2008
The arctic ice hasn’t grown, how is it possible? You would have to be an idiot to believe that. We have been reading everywhere in the headlines that the arctic ice is disappearing. Headlines like this from the first page of a google news search-
Arctic ice melting and not coming back: scientist
Melting Arctic Ice Imperils Polar Bears
Arctic Ice On Verge Of Another All-time Low
Meltdown in the Arctic: Polar icecap shrinking at an alarming rate
North Pole ice cap melting faster than ever
Melting polar ice hits ‘tipping point,’ nears record loss
How can this be true? Here is the data directly from the scientists reporting the melting.
The red line in the graph above indicates where we are this year, the yellow line indicates where we were last year and the forecast indicates what the “Experts” predicted. Note, there is more ice this year than last. How can we be at the tipping point as many headlines and scientists claim??????
Here is a graph of all time arctic temperatures taken from Watts Up With that HERE. It shows the entire HISTORY of arctic ice measurement. So the longest in HISTORY isn’t too big a deal is it. You can clearly see the ice has GROWN from last year. You can also see that most of the sea ice melts every year.
The ice level has clearly shown a shrinking trend over this very short time period but in 2008 due to a significant and widely unreported drop in global temperature, the ice boldly decided to increase against the wishes and predictions of the IPCC AGW guys. Not to be deterred by facts the press reported the headlines above.
Personal disclaimer: This does not prove Antropogenic global warming is false but it does demonstrate that the reporting and (if you read the articles the science) are highly biased toward AGW.
You can’t trust what you read in the news even if every drive by media outlet reports the same thing.
Here is another interesting excerpt from Watts Up With That
We know from official US Weather Bureau records that it was possible to sail as far as 81N latitude in ice-free water, during a similar warm period in 1922. That is about as close to the pole as you can sail now. Temperatures around Spitzbergen, Norway warmed a remarkable 12C during a few years prior to 1922. From the November, 1922 Weather Bureau report – “He says that he first noted wanner conditions in 1915, that since that time it has steadily gotten warmer, and that to-day the Arctic of that region is not recognizable as the same region of 1865 to 1917.“
So, while we don’t have ice extent measurements from 1922, we do know that the ice had receded by a similar amount. It just begs the question –
Is this still evidence of global warming or is it just another cycle we don’t understand?