Ice Finally Disappears from Hudson BayAugust 16th, 2014 at 11:42 pm by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
Click on the image to enlarge. The last couple pixels of ice are still visible on the Saturday satellite view of Hudson Bay. Those will likely be gone today or early this week. As with Lake Superior this spring, there may be some icebergs floating around unseen by satellite for a couple more weeks. In any case, that’s a little bit later than average. There’s definitely no northwest passage, though the ice has melted close to the Alaskan shore (see the Barrow, Alaska webcam). Look at the month of August so far in Barrow…not a single day warmer than average, 4.2° cooler than average for Aug. 1-15 and strong winds – discount the 0.0 and the average wind speed has been 18 mph. They had snow flurries on the 13th and 14th. July was 2.9° cooler than average and June was 1.9° cooler than average at Barrow. Temperatures from 80° N. Latitude to the North Pole have been consistently cooler than average since May 1. That’s reflected in the Arctic sea ice extent, which is greater than each of the last four years at this point in summer. Antarctic ice extent continues to be a record high levels. Not only is the ice extent much greater than average and significantly greater than last year at this time, but we continue to set daily records for sea ice extent in Antarctica. There was actually some scattered frost across N. Wisconsin and the U.P Thursday AM. Record cold in Canada. Jamstec Model and Weatherbell leaning more toward cold for the coming winter. Record cold in Australia. Cold summer leading to leaves changing color in mid-August in PA.
This is the first time since 2000 that the formation of the Atlantic’s third tropical storm will occur past Aug. 16. Drought in California, but crops are irrigated…so…”back-to-back bumper crops“! Here’s U.S. Storm Reports for Saturday.