AMO (May) vs Antarctic Sea Ice Day 138

The graph is in thise post compares sea ice extent for just one day of each year – 138 to the AMO for the month day 138 is in – in this case May. There isn’t any AMO data for May 2014 yet.

AMO data comes from NOAA, Sea Ice data comes from NSIDC.

The red is the  May AMO – Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillation. The blue is Antarctic Sea Ice Extent just for day 138.

The dashed lines are the liner trends for each.

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Antarctic Sea Ice Extent for Day 138 From 1979 (infilled)  + AMO

Antarctic Sea Ice Extent Oscillation Pattern Return

I don’t know what it means, but I’ve been aware of an oscillation pattern in Antarctic Sea Ice Extent for some time.

A while ago I noted the time between oscillations. Today I am just noting the size of the oscillations.

The current satellite record only started around 1978 (and only a partial years data exists). And until 1986, data only exists for alternating days.

Consider that the AMO is about 66 years long. And 1982 (the end of the big oscillations in the early part of the satellite record) is about 33 years ago I wonder if the big oscillation pattern will come to an end soon in the same way it came to an end after 1982? (Update: Or will it oscillate for 33 years?)

We don’t what happened off to the left of the graph (the pre-satellite era) with certainty. Or why these oscillations were once huge, and then settled down and then resumed their large oscillations again.

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Antarctic Sea Ice Extent for Day 125 From 1979 (infilled) BIG OSCILLATIONs



Joe Bastardi: Arctic sea ice anomaly in the summer is forecast to be near or above normal

Big story:

There is a huge event being forecasted this year by the CFSV2, and I don’t know if anyone else is mentioning this. For the first time in over a decade, the Arctic sea ice anomaly in the summer is forecast to be near or above normal.”

Read here:

Major Arctic Sea Ice Story Lurking, But Is Anyone Watching?


(h/t NorthwestPassage)


Antarctic Sea Ice Extent Oscillation Pattern

I don’t know what it means, but I’ve been aware of an oscillation pattern in Antarctic Sea Ice Extent for some time. A week or two ago I made a slight change in one of my graphs to annotate the peaks and valleys with the year and now the pattern jumps out at you even more.

This graph is for day 95, but the pattern is similar in other parts of the year.

There has been since 1988 a  4 or 5 year oscillation where the ice extent goes to a valley in between peaks.  And the magnitude of the oscillation is growing.

These are not small oscillations. Sea Ice Extent as of today is 7,000,000 sq km.  The 2011 valley is 4,700,000 sq km. That is a 50% jump in sea ice on day 95 from 2011 to 2014.

I know the AMO has peaked and is poised to start down (it may take a few more years). But to repeat myself, I’m not sure what it means.

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Antarctic Sea Ice Extent for Day 95 From 1980 - Oscilation

The NY Times Thinks It Is The “End Of Snow” For the Olympics

Some guy at the NY Times Thinks It Is The “End Of Snow” For the Olympics.

“In the last 47 years, a million square miles of spring snow cover has disappeared from the Northern Hemisphere

I suspect the “author” used 47 years because the Rutgers Snow Lab’s data for the Northern Hemisphere starts in 1967  (2014 – 47).

Now the Olympics usually runs in February, so lets look at snow cover data for February.


2013 in February certainly had a little less snow than 1967 (47 years ago).

But 2013 had a lot more than 1968. About 3.5 million sq km more in fact according the Rutgers snow lab.

And 2010-2013 were probably the snowiest 4 years ever. The late 1970s would be the snowiest 3 years (but that was the coldest winter in US history)

1989 to 2002 looked bad for snow. But that was a long time ago. Warmists do tend to live in the past.

Looking at that graph I would have to conclude that there is no end of snow. Snow is doing just fine in the Northern Hemisphere.

However, the lack of snow does somewhat coincide with the AMO in February being very low. But it has nothing to do with CO2.


AMO Update as of October 2013

The AMO is definitely linked with climate cycles. Below are two graphs of each month of the AMO. One is from 2004. The other from 1856.

I think the AMO has peaked, but it is still wobbling around at the top of the peak and may continue to do so for several years.

Thw winter months definitely show an alternating saw-tooth pattern going down. If the pattern holds Nov/Dec/Jan/Feb should show a big drop.

But Oct stayed flat when it should have dropped. Who knows.

AMO By Month Since 2004 as of Oct-2013

Average AMO by Month Since 1856

HADCRUT4 Northern Hemisphere Winter Doom

Do you live in the Northern Hemisphere.? Did anyone tell you that in the midst of record CO2 levels HADCRUT4 shows massively dropping winter temperatures?

At the bottom of this post is a graph of HADCRUT4 Northern Hemisphere only temperatures for each month for the last 7 years.

Did you know December was cooling at -.9C per decade? By 2100 December could be 8C colder?

Did you know January was cooling at -.73C per decade?

Did you know March was cooling at -.56C per decade?

Did you know February was cooling at -.19C per decade?

Did you know November was cooling at -.2C per decade?

Did you know October was cooling at -.17C per decade?

Did you know April was cooling at -.17C per decade?

I’m glad I have a wood stove.

Average HADCRUT4 Northern  Last 7 Years



HADCRUT4 10 Years By Month = AMO

Over the last 10 years HADCRUT4 has had a slightly negative trend. But the months each have their own trend.

September to April have been cooling, while May – August have been warning, All 12 months with trends are below.

I wonder why CO2 has forsaken the winter months?

The interesting thing is this matches the AMO as you can see in the post I did in January. (I would do a new post but the US shutdown has shutdown the page I got the AMO data from).

When the AMO finishes going negative this will be very bad news for the CO2/Warmist Cult.. And even worse news for the world’s agriculture.

Right now, Dec/Jan/Feb are cooling at -0.17C/decade to -0.25C/decade. Brr.  Germany is already off to the coldest start of winter in 200 years.

Average HADCRUT4 Global  Last 10 Years

Has the AMO Peaked? May-Oct says No and Nov-Apr says Yes.

Has the AMO Peaked and started its drop towards negative?  The answer is yes for winter months and no for summer months.

Maybe thats why winter Arctic Ice is doing fine and summer Arctic Ice is not doing fine.

I have included a graph for the AMO for all years that we have data, and then the AMO broken down for each individual month.

The blue boxes in the graphs contain 5 years averages, the blue line underneath is the 5 year period. Red values = above 0 and blue values = below 0.

The All Years AMO has dropped a little over the last 5 years compared to the previous 5 years, but the value is still higher than the 1950 peak of the AMO (but not as high as the short peak around 1878).

It is also interesting that the 1950 peak was in the middle of a 35-40 year period above zero and the current peak is only 15 years long. The AMO may still have decades left above zero, but the winter months look like it was a shorter peak.

May to October 5 year values are still higher than the previous peak around 1950.

November to April have dropped and are now lower than the previous peak around 1950.

Click on any graph to make it bigger.

AMO - All Years - AMO
AMO - 01 Jan - AMO
AMO - 02 Feb - AMO AMO - 03 Mar - AMO AMO - 04 Apr - AMO AMO - 05 May - AMO AMO - 06 Jun - AMO AMO - 07 Jul - AMO AMO - 08 Aug - AMO AMO - 09 Sep - AMO AMO - 10 Oct - AMO AMO - 11 Nov - AMO AMO - 12 Dec - AMO