A quick update for sea ice extent for day 119 of 2014:
- Global Sea Ice Extent is 981,000 sq km above the 1981-2010 mean.
- Antarctic Sea Ice Extent is 1,388,000 sq km above the 1981-2010 mean. That’s the 52nd daily record for 2014.
- Arctic Sea Ice Extent is -407,000 sq km below the 1981-2010 mean. Only 190,000 sq km melted in the last 11 days. Last year 600,000 sq km melted in same 11 days.
NOAA Data here and here here. Graphs below. Click for bigger.
3 thoughts on “Sea Ice Update April 30 2014 – Antarctic Sea Ice 52nd daily record – Global Sea Ice 980,000 sq km Above Normal”
Interesting that Joe Bastardi is reporting that CFSV2 is projecting near normal ice extent in the arctic, based upon multi-year ice amounts and AMO historical patterns.
I plan to post some AMO updates in the next week or so. I believe the winter month AMO numbers are just above zero, while summer AMO is still high. I think the AMO is due to switch to below zero and then I think Arctic will climb and Antarctic will shrink. But when that will occur is the tough one. I think Joe Bastardi has a way way better track record than I. 🙂
Here’s the forecast image from CFS, showing a 2014 Sept. minimum just above 6 MKm2. That would be a remarkable event, if it occurs.