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February 29, 2016

Sea Ice Extent (Global Antarctic and Arctic) – Day 59 – 2016

The Arctic needs 70,000 sq km to avoid setting a record for lowest maximum. It has gained 380,000 sq km in last 6 days.

Global_Sea_Ice_Extent_Zoomed_2016_Day_59_1981-2010Antarctic_Sea_Ice_Extent_Zoomed_2016_Day_59_1981-2010Arctic_Sea_Ice_Extent_Zoomed_2016_Day_59_1981-2010South / North



  1. Is it safe to say that the Antarctic ice extent minimum has passed and is well back on its way towards renewal? And regarding the Arctic, growth has a lot to do with the blocking high pressure system over Greenland. It may mean less snow accumulation on the ice cap itself, but more cold and wet weather to northern Europe – perhaps a good precursor indication of the summer and next winter especially as the AMO continues to weaken.

    Comment by AZ1971 — February 29, 2016 @ 9:43 AM | Reply

  2. This years low ice extent in the Arctic is so much driven by the conditions in the Barents Sea area. Weeks and weeks of south westerly winds have driven the developing ice north eastward and compacted it. In the last week these conditions have eased and the ice is spreading and growing in extent driven by a change in wind direction. If the wind conditions remain the same the record low extent will be averted.

    Comment by Steve — March 1, 2016 @ 4:14 AM | Reply

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