Arctic Sea Ice


It’s been awhile since I posted on the extent of the Arctic Sea Ice.

Don’t forget, in 1970, speaking for Earth Day, the noted Kenneth Watt said this:

“The world has been chilling sharply for about twenty years. If present trends continue, the world will be about four degrees colder for the global mean temperature in 1990, but eleven degrees colder in the year 2000. This is about twice what it would take to put us into an ice age.”

Arctic did not go ice free.  At all.  Or even come close.

After being the most expansive in the last 9 years during April it slid to the least expansive in 9 years during June.  Now, the ice has recovered and is hummin along at just about average.

And don’t forget this:

The Arctic ocean is warming up, icebergs are growing scarcer and in some places the seals are finding the water too hot, according to a report to the Commerce Department yesterday from Consul Ifft, at Bergen, Norway.
Reports from fishermen, seal hunters and explorers, he declared, all point to a radical change in climate conditions and hitherto unheard-of temperatures in the Arctic zone. Exploration expeditions report that scarcely any ice has been met with as far north as 81 degrees 29 minutes. Soundings to a depth of 3,100 meters showed the gulf stream still very warm.
Great masses of ice have been replaced by moraines of earth and stones, the report continued, while at many points well known glaciers have entirely disappeared. Very few seals and no white fish are found in the eastern Arctic, while vast shoals of herring and smelts, which have never before ventured so far north, are being encountered in the old seal fishing grounds.

That is an article from the Washington Post. November 1922.

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