Just now, from the Earth’s unloved backside, just when you thought the “death spiral” of northern polar sea ice had taken full hold of the public’s mind, the stupid Antarctic hits a new ALL-TIME high sea ice area record.
All time being defined as 34 ish years of course. Stupid sea ice doesn’t know much about climate science does it! From cryosphere today, using the very same gridded NSIDC data so often downloaded right here.
UPDATE: I have edited the title per comments below. Thanks everyone.
UPDATE:A small step closer the absolute max ice area was recorded in 2007 – 16.232 Million Km^2 (per Sunshinehours1). Without any checking needed, this is way inside sensor error range.
Arctic sea ice is still well below the previous record minimum: