Twenty days in record territory for Antarctic sea-ice in 2014. Nine new absolute records set.

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The results are in. New absolute record for ice in Antarctica since measurements begun was set in 2012. It was then broken in 2013, and in 2014 there was nine new absolute records, twenty-one days in record territory, and so far this year 193 daily records set.  The Antarctic ice sheet is growing year by year. It is Climate Change, and it is getting colder. Last June was the coldest month ever recorded in Antarctica.  The CO2 content in air keeps setting new records, and so does the ice, the ice keeps growing. Time to reevaluate the climate models.

Here are the 44 days with most ice ever recorded, 28 are for 2014, 15 for 2013 and one for 2012:

Year      mo  day  million sq km   comment

2014,    09,  20,   20.14215, Ninth and final absolute 2014 record

2014,    09,  19,   20.12703, Eighth 2014 record of Antarctic sea-ice.  

2014,    09,  18,   20.11297, Seventh 2014 record of Antarctic sea-ice.

2014,    09,  21,   20.07814, 180th daily record for 2014

2014,    09,  22,   20.07057, 181th daily record for 2014

2014,    09,  17,   20.05401, Sixth 2014 record of Antarctic sea-ice.

2014,    09,  26,   20.02033, 185th daily record for 2014

2014,    09,  27,   20.01522,  186th daily record for 2014

2014,    09,  23,   19.98593, 182th daily record for 2014

2014,    09,  24,   19.95528, 183th daily record for 2014

2014,    09,  28,   19.94967, 187th daily record for 2014

2014,    09,  25,   19.94174, 184th daily record for 2014

2014,    09,  16,   19.91462, Fifth 2014 record of Antarctic sea-ice.

2014,    09,  29,   19.84111, 188th daily record for 2014

2014,    09,  15,   19.81363, Fourth 2014 record of Antarctic sea-ice.

2014,    09,  30,   19.77537, 189th daily record for 2014

2014,    09,  14,   19.75318, Third 2014 record of Antarctic sea-ice.

2014,    09,  13,   19.73444, Second 2014 record of Antarctic sea-ice.

2014,    09,  12,   19.62641, First 2014 record of Antarctic sea-ice.

2014,    10,  01,   19.61521, 190th daily record for 2014

2013,     10,    01,   19.60692,  2013 absolute record of Antarctic sea-ice

2014,  10,  03, 19.59896, 192nd daily record for 2014

2014,    10,  02,   19.58941, 191st daily record for 2014

2014,  10,  06,  19.58302, 195th daily record for 2014

2013,    09,  30,   19.57892, .

2013,    09,  28,   19.57295,

2013,    09,  21,   19.56010,

2013,    09,  14,   19.55145,

2014,    09,  11,   19.54671,  170th daily record for 2014

2013,    09,  20,   19.53172,

2013,    09,  27,   19.51465,

2014,  10, 05, 19.51126, 194th daily record for 2014
2014,  10, 04, 19.50934, 193rd daily record for 2014 
2013,  10, 02, 19.50719,
2014,  10, 07, 19.50703, 196th daily record for 2014 
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, 169th daily record for 2014
2013,  09, 19, 19.48110,
2013,  10, 03, 19.48012,
2012,  09, 22, 19.47713, 2012 absolute record of Antarctic sea-ice.

Source: ftp://sidads.colorado.edu/DATASETS/NOAA/G02135/south/daily/data/

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Eighth day in a row for absolute ice records in Antarctica!!

Eighth day in a row for absolute ice records in Antarctica!!

The Antarctic sea ice now covers an area that is larger than United States and Canada combined, or more than twice the size of Europe..S_bm_extent_hires (2)

Another way to look at the ice cover size is, if the landmass of Antarctica is included, the ice cover is larger than Asia.

The amount of ice over last years absolute record is larger in area than the country of Spain.

Notice the ice extent goes all the way up to the 55th latitude, where a change in the albedo from the ice has a substantial cooling effect since a large portion of the sunlight gets reflected rather than absorbed. At the 55th latitude the sun is now 35 degrees above the horizon. The sun in the Arctic by contrast is now only 10 degrees above the horizon at the 80th latitude, so the effect of the Arctic ice is much less important.

This will probably not be mentioned at the United Nations’ Summit on Climate Change September 23 in N.Y. Instead President Obama will say something like “warmest August on record”, referencing a press release from NASA, confirmed by NOAA. These were preliminary figures excluding the polar regions, but when they are included, according to NASA’s own data http://data.giss.nasa.gov/gistemp/tabledata_v3/GLB.Ts.txt  it was the eighth warmest August, and the 89th warmest month overall.

This highlights the importance of the polar regions to be included when calculating the earth’s temperature and energy balance.

Here are the 30 highest values in square kilometers since satellite records begun.

 

2014,    09,  19,   20.12703,   Absolute record since satellite monitoring begun

2014,    09,  18,   20.11297,   Record 2 days ago

2014,    09,  17,   20.05201,  Record 3 days ago   

2014,    09,  16,   19.91462,   Record 4 days ago

2014,    09,  15,   19.81305,   Record 5 days ago

2014,    09,  14,   19.75260,  Record 6 days ago

2014,    09,  13,   19.73444,  Record 7 days ago

2014,    09,  12,   19.62641,   Record 8 days ago

2013,    09,  30,   19.57892,        2013 final absolute record

2013,    09,  28,   19.57295,         2013 record

2013,    10,  01,   19.57088,

2013,    09,  21,   19.56010,        2013 record

2013,    09,  14,   19.55145,         2013 record

2014,    09,  11,   19.54671,

2013,    09,  20,   19.53172,

2013,    09,  27,   19.51465,

2013,    09,  13,   19.50511,         2013 record

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 new absolute record

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,

Source: ftp://sidads.colorado.edu/DATASETS/NOAA/G02135/south/daily/data/

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