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A fourth one: Fourth storm on it's way!
Toggle Commented Aug 17, 2013 on Third storm at Arctic Sea Ice
It's beginning to look like the polar bears have had the last word at point Barrow. Or would the ice be to thin to have anything installed on it? Anyway, the Barrow webcam is out of order since almost a month. And the "as soon as possible" there doesn't sound really convincing as we encounter the very same "ASAP" message at the Wales webcam which resides at the same website onto the same server. The "ASAP" there takes now more than one year and six months. I wrote a message to the Wales webcam responsable about a year ago, and received the answer the good guy was out for a trip around the world and other nice things. So it doesn't look good. To bad ...
Toggle Commented Feb 6, 2013 on Open Thread February 2013 at Arctic Sea Ice
Make that Arctic 1 Februari parade.
Toggle Commented Feb 3, 2013 on 2013 Open thread #1 at Arctic Sea Ice
People, The Arctic 1 Februari is updated now. Other than that SIE is as low as in the previous years since 2003, there seems nothing special nor any weirdness to report. But as we all sure know by now, even around the Arctic it isn't always as it looks like.
Toggle Commented Feb 3, 2013 on 2013 Open thread #1 at Arctic Sea Ice
Weirdness-lovers, Also today a large field of open water in the middle of the Bering Strait between Little Diomede and Ratmatof Island as shown by this 30 January picture.
Toggle Commented Jan 30, 2013 on Looking for winter weirdness 5 at Arctic Sea Ice
... and meanwhile daylight has returned to Svalbard Albeit it will be completely dark in half an houre or so.
Toggle Commented Jan 30, 2013 on 2013 Open thread #1 at Arctic Sea Ice
Testing observed: just took a 0.5 mln dive Meaning every now and then IARC-Jaxa has a bit of a problem on his turn too. But as UBI-Bremen finally has got it right we do have sufficient a consolation, don't we?
Toggle Commented Jan 30, 2013 on 2013 Open thread #1 at Arctic Sea Ice
People, UNI-Bremen is back again to AMSR, that is AMSR2 of course. Even better, they finally got their graph right too - look at the yellow 2012 line. Don't forget to alter your bookmarks.
Toggle Commented Jan 29, 2013 on 2013 Open thread #1 at Arctic Sea Ice
Boa05att told: Climate change brings colder winters to Europe and Asia Correction: Kate tries to sell us stories like that. To begin with, she puts as premise Winters in EurAsia were getting colder and colder hitherto. Which is completely false a statement. As far as I am concerned, this is outright nonsense. Looks to me more as a denier's trick.
Toggle Commented Jan 24, 2013 on 2013 Open thread #1 at Arctic Sea Ice
Weirdness-lovers, To say again, you really are spoiled this Winter. On returning to Little Diomede while having a view to Ratmatof Island , we have to etablish the fact there is a fair amount of open water in the middle of the Bering Strait where both islands are situated. In the previous 12 December image we already could see ice formation was very under average. It is beginning to look like this Winter will be a very odd one ...
Toggle Commented Jan 23, 2013 on Looking for winter weirdness 5 at Arctic Sea Ice
Ron Mignery stated: be a shut-down of the heat engine that drives NH weather Why? Arctic waters still would remain much colder as the tropical ones. Remember, there is no sun over the Arctic in winter. So there would be no reason at all the convection circuit should be interrupted. On the contrary, as an ice free Arctic would allow the Gulf stream waters to travel right into the pole more storms, much more bigger than the one from last August would be the consequence. We (should) know the American Army came up with that theory about 30 years ago, but that was just for cold war propaganda reasons. Thus we better put things like that aside. Of course, and as it is happening already, it could well be virtually the entire tundra region would dry out and turn into desert, but that is another matter, that phenomena is due to the vanishing permafrost.
Toggle Commented Jan 21, 2013 on 2013 Open thread #1 at Arctic Sea Ice
Ron asked: Could the Arctic see tropical temperatures when the sea ice is gone? Actually, already now Summer temperatures of 30 °C are commun in Central Alaska and dito Siberia. And this feature seems to go further to the North every year. Moreover, Tiksi at the coast of the Artic Ocean has had in 1991 a "freakish" temperature as high as 34 °C. So, if there would be no ice anymore to moderate the temperature, Summer could be very hot even at the Arctic coasts in Juin-July. Hence the answer to your question is "Yes it could", but only for a short time.
Toggle Commented Jan 21, 2013 on 2013 Open thread #1 at Arctic Sea Ice
Bouke wrote: Is my calculation wrong? No, it isn't. On the contrary, it's a confirmation of the in our little inner circle well know PIOMAS calculations. Which are telling us, if really everything would go wrong, major parts of the Artic would alreay be free of ice next summer (2013).
Toggle Commented Jan 19, 2013 on 2013 Open thread #1 at Arctic Sea Ice
Aaron wrote: low temps on the same day in Greenland and Fairbanks was a shocker. Albeit yesterday's temperature of +0,8 °C at Fairbanks was shocker too. :-)
Toggle Commented Jan 16, 2013 on Looking for winter weirdness 5 at Arctic Sea Ice
Record-lovers, New high temp. record for the day at Kotzebue, Alaska. Record high temperature of 1,1 °C. The old record high temperature was 0 °C set in 1903, thus quite a while ago. All the more, except for the Barrow region it's "hot" everywhere in Alaska now, even 0,8 °C at Fairbanks in the deep center of the state.
Toggle Commented Jan 14, 2013 on Looking for winter weirdness 5 at Arctic Sea Ice
Wayne wrote: about a week ago or so the jet stream went past Bering Strait well Northwards The jet stream already went hundreds of times in the past that way from January till March. While no polynia where created at that specific spot. Doesn't explain the phenomena.
Toggle Commented Jan 7, 2013 on Looking for winter weirdness 5 at Arctic Sea Ice
Weirdness-lovers, You really are spoiled this days. Look at the distinctly visible polynia to the West of Barrow, Alaska . Not only a phenomena unseen in the course January, but rightout inexplicable so far To bad the Barrow webcam is out of order once again.
Toggle Commented Jan 7, 2013 on Looking for winter weirdness 5 at Arctic Sea Ice
Neven typed: Yes, a very big high over the Central Arctic Yes indeed. However, temperatures in that region are on average or a tad above average. Just one weirdness more on top of all the others ...
People, Do have a look at the ecmwf 14 January forecast. In the middle of the Atlantic quasi subtropical air would be squeezed between a depression over Greenland and an anti-cyclone over Europe, straight into the Barentz Sea. Almost exactly the same pattern which triggered last year the startling 7° C max temperature record at Svalbard. Talking about anomaly time, it ain't finished yet.
Toggle Commented Jan 4, 2013 on Looking for winter weirdness 4 at Arctic Sea Ice
Werther wrote: but be careful with assigning phenomena Right, and it's exactly that what I am saying. Some here were accusing the Gulf stream to act against all physics, but perhaps you missed that.
Toggle Commented Jan 3, 2013 on Looking for winter weirdness 4 at Arctic Sea Ice
Werther wrote: ... firm southerlies blowing in. Anomalously high temps Indeed. Sufice to look at the Dansk 3 January map to be aware of the "atlantisation" of the region to the North of Svalbard and Franz-Josef-Land ... Also, -5 °C at Station Nord, Greenland. We aren't hallucinating, are we?
Toggle Commented Jan 3, 2013 on Looking for winter weirdness 4 at Arctic Sea Ice
Arctic 1st January parade has been updated. Just two remarks: - It appears the Northern coasts of Svalbard always have been free of ice around this time of the year. Thus the Gulf Stream can't be under suspicion of having done weird quirks lately. -SIE seems to have surpassed the 2010 SIE. On the other hand Sea Ica Concentration seems to have hit a new minimum record. btw: a full 35 lines text of me put here this very night has disappeared into the High Nirwana. I hate Typepad!
Toggle Commented Jan 3, 2013 on Looking for winter weirdness 4 at Arctic Sea Ice
Werther wrote: bedrock map first published by Steffen: Afaik the Ilulissat glacier still ends in plain Disko bay (see the satellite photo published here on this very blog in September). So, I'm a bit puzzled by the what on the map has been specified as "this fjord". Is it meant as "fjord to be in the near future" or what?
Toggle Commented Jan 2, 2013 on Looking for winter weirdness 4 at Arctic Sea Ice
Neven wrote: Arctic sea ice is retreating, so let's get over there and start some off-shore drilling! Hmm, not exactly. This latest incident happened in the Gulf of Alaska, to the south of the Aleutian islands, a fair 200 km to the south of Kodiak island. In a region where the sea never freezes, that is since the end of the last Ice Age. Therefore Shell never found itself restricted there by ice fields, not even by icebergs.
Toggle Commented Jan 2, 2013 on Shell drill spill? at Arctic Sea Ice
Weirdness-lovers, Just as last year in January, rain again at Svalbard. Temperature is tying the 2009 record, so record-lovers will have to hold their breath for a while. :-)
Toggle Commented Jan 1, 2013 on Looking for winter weirdness 4 at Arctic Sea Ice