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I personally find Robert's suggestion of naming a low pressure system after the Koch brothers somewhat appealing. --- I am likely wrong but my sense of it is that the Great Cyclonic Koch of 2013 may attract the wrong sort of attention.
Toggle Commented Jul 23, 2013 on The Naming of Arctic Cyclones at Arctic Sea Ice
Regardless of what other naming scheme is selected I think at least one of the cyclones should have the name "NEVEN"
Toggle Commented Jul 22, 2013 on The Naming of Arctic Cyclones at Arctic Sea Ice
2.5 million square kilometres Unchanged. Heuristic. My belief is that a slow start to the melt season will be of limited import due the fact that the ice age and thickness render it highly vulnerable to melt. Include cyclonic effects, open leads, and ice discharge via the Fram and I think we will see a significant abrupt reduction in extent as the season progresses. My estimate is influenced by the rate of Greenland ice melt (data available here: This too had a slow start but is rapidly exceeding the 1981-2010 average melt extent. I suspect we will see the same phenomena with arctic sea ice extent. The choice of sea ice extent is a poor metric. Should there be significant melt and floe breakup there is likely to be an increased distribution of the remaining ice across the arctic. There may be a significant reduction in ice volume but that remaining volume may be distributed in such a way that the extent metric delivers a misleading interpretation of the actual ice conditions.
The Globe and Mail published a story yoday in regard to fossil water obtained from a deep mine shaft in northern Ontario. The water has not yet been subject to a full analysis but the xenon isotope indicates it is of similar age to the fossil water described in this post. "The water flowing out of fractures and bore holes in one mine near Timmins dates back more than a billion years, perhaps 2.6 billion, making it the oldest water known to exist on Earth, says the team that details the discovery in the journal Nature."
Toggle Commented May 16, 2013 on When the Arctic was 8 °C warmer at Arctic Sea Ice
2.5 km2 Reasons: 1) Number of open leads promoting melting 2) Significant amount of thin single year ice 3) Shore albedo change 4) Impact of arctic methane emissions 5) White bear whisper number
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