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June 7, 2016

JAXA/MASIE Sea Ice Extent (Antarctic and Arctic and Global) – Day 158 – 2016


JAXA shows almost 0 melt for 3 days in Arctic. And Antarctic is climbing rapidly.


JAXA sea ice extent data from Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency.

JAXA Antarctic Ice Extent - as of 2016-158

JAXA Global Ice Extent - as of 2016-158

JAXA Arctic Ice Extent - as of 2016-158

MASIE (Arctic only)

MASIE Arctic Ice Extent - Northern_Hemisphere - as of 2016-158




  1. “almost 0 melt for 3 days in Arctic.”

    No, almost zero change in ice extent. You’re not tracking volume. You can’t say there’s been no “melt”. There’s been plenty of melt. The ice continues to thin.

    Look at the record around Day 100 of this year. There was a similar short stretch of little change in volume. Ice continued to melt, thinning it further, and then extent resumed rapidly collapsing.

    At any rate, the point is never a day-to-day comparison of changes, but the long-term multi-year trend, which is downward for global ice (particularly when you include not only sea ice but also glaciers and ice sheets), and *catastrophically* downward for Arctic ice.

    Comment by dcpetterson — June 7, 2016 @ 2:33 PM | Reply

    • “the long-term multi-year trend…”

      Cyclic phenomena – in my experience at any rate – don’t usually exhibit long-term multi-year trends – certainly not “catastrophic” ones.

      Comment by catweazle666 — June 7, 2016 @ 2:55 PM | Reply

    • PIOMAS disagrees. (Even though only data is out to March).

      Comment by sunshinehours1 — June 7, 2016 @ 4:31 PM | Reply

  2. In 2013 and 2014 there were also periods (approx. 1 week) of near stable ice in mid July, according to the DMI estimate,

    Solar radiations are very low now, E10.7 and F10.7 fluxes have been below 100 for the most part of this year, which are levels typical of solar minimum (already)

    The low radiations are accelerating the change of ENSO into negative phase and cooling the polar regions, as happened in the years before 2014.

    Comment by Dmh — June 8, 2016 @ 12:43 PM | Reply

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