Lots of iceSeptember 5th, 2013 at 2:37 am by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, News, Weather
Massive amounts of ice in the Arctic hampering ships. This was the coldest summer (June thru August) ever recorded north of 80 deg. latitude (records go back to 1958). The town of Resolute in N. Canada hasn’t been warmer than 33F since August 18th. The town of Alert hasn’t been above freezing since 8/22. On Sept. 2 they had a high temperature of 25F and a low of 10F. They’re already growing ice up there. While Arctic ice extent remains well below the 1979-2000 average, there has been a huge increase in ice cover in the past year. The Antarctic ice cap is at a record extent and has been growing pretty steadily for 25 years. Here’s a graph of annual temperatures for the South Pole weather stations (Amundsen-Scott). Also, only the 4th time since 1883 that there was not a 100-deg. temperature in Alabama during meteorological summer (June, July and August).
This is from the IPCC 2007 report: “In their Fourth Assessment Report in 2007 they had this to say. “Unlike in the Arctic, a strong decline in sea ice extent has not been observed in the Antarctic during the period of satellite observations (Section 188.8.131.52). ….. However, Gregory et al. (2002b) find a decline in antarctic sea ice extent in their model, contrary to observations.”