NSIDC: why does the Antarctic sea ice trend resist decline?

One of the stupidest lines ever to come out of the AGW cult

NSIDC news release.

“Antarctic sea ice extent continues to make headlines because it has grown even as much of the globe, and Antarctica itself, is warming. Arctic sea ice, in contrast, is showing a marked decline. Warmer air and ocean waters are bathing both poles, so why does the Antarctic sea ice trend resist decline?

First, Antarctic Sea Ice is NOT resisting decline. Antarctic Sea Ice set records in 2012, 2013 and 2014 for most ice ever. There is no decline! And it is not resisting. It is exuberantly going in the opposite direction!

Second, the oceans around Antarctica are not warming. and neither is the actual land according to UAH. Click twice for big versions.

UAH - SoPol_Ocean as of  2016 - 2 UAH - SoPol_Land as of  2016 - 2

They also said:

Despite what some might think, high ice extent in Antarctica does not balance out low ice extent in the Arctic.

It does if you know what the AMO is.When the AMO is negative arctic ice is high and antarctic low. When the AMO goes positive the opposite occurs.

It is no surprise that the crossover point in the graph below is right when the AMO turned positive (around 1996).




2 thoughts on “NSIDC: why does the Antarctic sea ice trend resist decline?

  1. Joe Bastardi says that there will be no real Arctic sea ice extent recovery until both the AMO and PDO turn negative. The AMO should be turning, or already is, negative. The PDO seems to be more attenuated to Arctic sea ice oscillations, is it not?

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