In a continuation of recent trends, the sea ice in both the Arctic and the Antarctic is reported by EcoWatch to be at records lows. New satellite data released from the U.S. National Snow and Ice Data Center indicates that 2017 is “exceptional” with less sea ice now than at any time in the last 38 years of satellite coverage and is an unfortunate continuation of the extreme conditions seen in 2016. See Ocean Warming Faster: New Research Shows
Smallest Arctic Sea Ice on Record
For Arctic ice this year’s maximum is the smallest on record and the third consecutive record year. A “heat wave” in mid-November resulted in parts of the Arctic being 15c degrees warmer than usual. (map – U.S. National Snow and Ice Data Center)
“I have been looking at Arctic weather patterns for 35 years and have never seen anything close to what we’ve experienced these past two winters,” said NSIDC’s director, Mark Serreze.
While the maximum of Arctic winter ice has been shrinking by approximately 3% per decade, the summer ice has been decreasing by more than 13% decade over decade. See the entire story at Carbon Brief. Also read: 2016 The Hottest Year in Recorded History
Loss of Arctic Ice is Driving Extreme Weather
The dramatic change in Arctic sea ice is already driving dramatic global weather events. This report comes immediately on the heels of a warning from the UN’s World Meteorological Organization that 2017 is continuing the record-breaking 2016 heatwave and is pushing the world into “truly uncharted territory”.
Read more at the Guardian, Arctic ice falls to record winter low after polar ‘heatwaves’
(video via Climate Central)
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