Sea Ice Extent – Antarctic Minimum 2016

We can be pretty sure the Antarctic minimum was set on day 48. It was the 9th lowest.

But that doesn’t mean much. 2011 was the 3rd lowest and then records for maximum were set in 2012,2013 and 2014.

Year Min Max day of Max day of Min Avg Anomaly
1997 2.264 18.792 265 58 -0.241
1993 2.281 18.71 263 50 -0.209
2011 2.319 18.954 266 53 -0.131
1984 2.383 18.378 266 58 -0.166
2006 2.487 19.36 264 51 -0.17
1992 2.492 18.467 255 54 -0.22
1980 2.527 19.092 267 57 -0.379
1991 2.554 18.671 273 58 -0.086
2016 2.578 Still to be set Still to be set 48
2000 2.582 19.159 272 49 0.129
1996 2.597 18.831 267 56 0.151
1985 2.602 18.933 254 50 -0.006
1988 2.639 18.785 277 55 -0.121
2009 2.671 19.299 267 53 0.417
1981 2.695 18.86 261 51 -0.199
2002 2.697 18.116 252 51 -0.41
1999 2.707 18.981 273 51 0.129
1989 2.723 18.274 266 51 -0.205
2007 2.723 19.086 272 50 0.056
1998 2.772 19.244 258 56 0.107
1990 2.784 18.379 273 53 -0.221
2005 2.804 19.295 272 49 0.063
2010 2.842 18.998 249 47 0.476
1983 2.847 18.811 263 55 -0.245
1982 2.893 18.551 246 52 0.019
1979 2.915 18.368 256 48 0.08
1986 2.954 18.027 261 65 -0.545
1987 3.016 18.524 258 52 -0.185
1994 3.083 18.827 243 43 0.145
2012 3.111 19.478 266 54 0.386
2004 3.259 19.124 252 51 0.343
1995 3.33 18.736 269 55 0.172
2001 3.441 18.494 271 50 0.041
2015 3.532 18.874 275 49 0.748
2014 3.548 20.201 263 52 1.145
2003 3.626 18.68 268 48 0.339
2013 3.679 19.608 274 50 0.892
2008 3.692 18.298 247 51 0.621

South / North

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One Comment

  1. Thanks for the data.
    I’m optimistic about 2016 too, because the intensity of solar radiation (E10.7, F10.7, ssn, etc.) is lowering fast and we’re approaching the levels of 2005.

    The good news are that the oceans now, mainly Atlantic and S. Pacific are considerably colder than in 2005 and this solar cycle 24 will probably be longer than cycle 23, it could last until 2019-20.
    We may have nearly 5 years to end the present cycle plus another few years before the next cycle really starts to pick up.
    In my view, this is a perfect recipe for accelerated increase of polar ice caps, both in Antarctica and the Arctic. The low levels of ice in recent months, IMO, are the direct result of the abnormal warming of the N. Pacific, which I can only explain by the (also abnormal) level of X-radiation from the Sun in the final months of 2014 and 1st semester of 2015. If this spike had not happened we’d probably have not a strong El Nino in 2015 and the icecaps would not have lowered as they did recently.
    I’m expecting more record anomalies this year, especially in the 2nd semester.

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