Highest ice cover ever recorded in Antarctica! 19.62641 million square kilometers! Third year in a row for new records!

The ice keeps growing and growing: The freezing point of ice is a constant, so it must be getting colder. Are we looking at the beginning of a new “little ice age”?

Here are the amounts of sea-ice for 2014, 2013 and 2012 in millions of square kilometers.

2014,    09,  12,   19.62641,

2013,    09,  30,   19.57892,

2013,    09,  28,   19.57295,

2013,    10,  01,   19.57088,

2013,    09,  21,   19.56010,

2013,    09,  14,   19.55145,

2014,    09,  11,   19.54671,

2013,    09,  20,   19.53172,

2013,    09,  27,   19.51465,

2013,    09,  13,   19.50511,

2013,    09,  22,   19.50450,

2013,    09,  29,   19.50390,

2013,    09,  18,   19.50078,

2013,    09,  17,   19.49298,

2014,    09,  10,   19.48881,

2013,    09,  19,   19.48110,

2012,    09,  22,   19.47713,

2012,    09,  25,   19.47159,

2013,    09,  16,   19.47074,

2013,    10,  02,   19.46862,

2012,    09,  26,   19.47649,

2013,    09,  26,   19.46622,

2012,    09,  24,   19.46327,

2012,    09,  23,   19.45940,

2014,    09,  09,   19.45600,

2013,    09,  24,   19.44938,

2013,    10,  03,   19.42935,

2013,    09,  23,   19.42799,

2013,    09,  25,   19.42044,

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lenbilen

Engineer, graduated from Chalmers Technical University a long time ago with a degree in Technical Physics. Career in Aerospace, Analytical Chemistry, and chip manufacturing. Presently adjunct faculty at PSU, teaching one course in Computer Engineering, the Capstone Course.

3 thoughts on “Highest ice cover ever recorded in Antarctica! 19.62641 million square kilometers! Third year in a row for new records!”

  1. It seems to us that your conclusion that “…it must be getting colder” is a rather hasty and simplistic one, whatever you might mean by “it.” After all, even the Antarctic doesn’t paint a uniform picture, as in some areas there ice is retreating. Most scientists are on record predicting that the trend toward very modest gains in ice surface area in the Antarctic will be a short-lived one. Meanwhile, there is no debate that at the other pole, Arctic ice continues to retreat. It’s almost unbelievable to us that anyone would expect that global temperature trends would be uniform, or that one small area could be used to represent the entire planet. Overall global temperatures for July 2014 were the 4th highest on record. Readers who care about the overall picture for the entire earth will want to engage in additional reading on the subject.

    1. I took a peak at your blog-page: http://cutterlight.com/ and was impressed. You really know cold! I was intrigued what it was that made you move from Alaska with all its seafood and blessings of beauty to the stark nakedness of nature in Mongolia. Anyhow, I am an engineer and working on developing an atomic absorption detector and making 5 automated Gas Chromatographs for Dr Lovelock to place in remote corners of the Earth made me interested in the global energy equation. Common opinion is still that CO2, being a greenhouse gas is a major contributor to global warming. It is, up to a point, but the relationship is far from linear, not even logarithmic It turns out the Earth is equipped with a very powerful negative feedback in the form of clouds. None of the existing models model clouds adequately, especially in Antarctica, and therefore they did not catch the 18 year pause in global warming. The trend for temperature is down, and it will last for another twenty years, based on predictions for the next solar cycle. This is my guess, it is hard to predict what the sun is up to, but they keep trying.

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