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Christoffer Ladstein
Just outside Oslo
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Svalbard ended with a staggering + 10.4 C ABOVE normal for the 3 wintermonths now behind us....scary!
Toggle Commented Feb 28, 2014 on Looking for winter weirdness 2014 at Arctic Sea Ice
Great summary of the soon to end winter of 2013/2014, Neven! With the situation going on at Svalbard, a very fragile ice at eh Eastern coast of Greenland, a Naresstrait waking up early and such a weak seaice in the Beringstrait area, this melting season already is bound to be an exciting one! Colorado Bob: Wildfires midwinter at the coastal part of Norway is SO rare! At the same time, further east and southward, much of the inland areas, the most popular cabinareas, are "drowning" in 3 meter of snow, people have "lost" their precious cabins... so we truly live in a world with contrasts. And most scary is they're likely to strenghten in the years ahead, making normal planning impossible maybe?!
Doomcomessoon: As we have entered into a New date, the 30 day mean is now at a staggering 14.2 C above average, and the evening temps soared up to + 4 C! The poor Icebears must really be sweating out this Winter; most likely this will cause trouble for the New generation, the ice around Svalbard is according to the available Charts far away from the coast at most Places, and if this continues into the spring, the remaining will dwindle fast I dare say...
Toggle Commented Feb 11, 2014 on Looking for winter weirdness 2014 at Arctic Sea Ice
Thanks Werther! Don't be afraid, I'm a frequent "wallflower" in here, lurking in the background, but I find my analyzing and verbal capacities of the topics discussed to be of too poor value, to bother posting... On the other hand,I also remember last January, but this year really goes outside all Charts; must create havoc for the permafrost up there also I Guess!? Svalbard is also a typical dry spot, having less than 200 mm a year, and this haven't differed upwards at the same degree as With the temperature. Currently they have only 6 cm (2 inches!) snowcover, pretty neglible if you ask me!
Toggle Commented Jan 27, 2014 on Looking for winter weirdness 2014 at Arctic Sea Ice
The 30 day anomaly for Longyearbyen, Svalbard is now at +10.1 C. That is truly mindgobbling! Also at the smaller island, Hopen (situated south-east of Svalbard), the anomaly is lingering Close to + 10 C above normal, while the status at Jan Mayen, situated between Island and Svalbard is having "only" +7 C above normal. I notice that seaice the last month have crept closer upon Svalbard, but like last Winter, Sea Ice most likely won't encircle this Archipelago of Islands this Winter either. On the other hand, a long Cold spring is still able to stir Things up! Here are some links: http://www.yr.no/place/Norway/Svalbard/Longyearbyen/statistics.html http://www.yr.no/place/Norway/Jan_Mayen/Sørkapp/statistics.html
Toggle Commented Jan 27, 2014 on Looking for winter weirdness 2014 at Arctic Sea Ice
Jim: Are you hinting at the pretty strong low that have been hoovering above the pole for the last days? That one also ought to be able to stir things up like a blender. Temps at Svalbard have been 2-3 C above normal this summer, expect huge losses at the multiple glaciers. Assume the same for Novaya Zemlja, where temps reached at least 23 C yesterday, thats not very far of records!
Thanks Lodger! The "landfast" ice at the northeastern part of Greenland is also getting shredded violently these days, worse than the latter years, or earlier maybe? Very facinating anyway! http://lance-modis.eosdis.nasa.gov/imagery/subsets/?subset=Arctic_r02c03.2013192.terra Will the Northern part of Greenland this year become passable by ships?! 1-2 days more and Nares will be exporting ice, then we'll see!
+30C at Kuglutuk, 1 PM local time, phew!! That's just SO bizarre, knowing they have only 1 month of summer, 10.7C in mean July temperature. Meanwhile Northern Europe seem to witness the 3. lousy summer in row... Up North at Svalbard on the other hand, the average June temp will be 2.5-3.5 Above normal, continuing the trend the last decade. Anyone able to explain that "spooky" "smog"ice With no debris, outside the eastern coast of Greenland? Seem to occur every year, and the "front" between ice and water is so absolute!
Though in numbers and area/extent this spring have been "painfully" slow, I just have to emphasize the difference between the interior & and main icepack North of 80 degrees: It's SO battered and broken up, almost shredded to pieces compared to 2012! Must be a nightmare to cross this Territory these days...the survival of the fittest of polarbears = the most athletic!
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Mar 30, 2013
What I find rather intriguing is the corrolation between late refreeze of the Arctic in the autumn to the negative AO. Currently it's standing at an incredible -5 to -6, making a "hell of" a winter in Northern Europe these days (March 2012 was 15-20 C hotter!). Western Greenland OTOH is witnessing springtemps Way Above normal for the season, all this more or less thanks to the AO, right?! Will this extremeness just keep on getting more extreme as the ice extent spirals downward? Anyway, spring is upon us, at least in the Northern hemisphere, people tend to forget that global warming don't necessarily mean HOT at their place that very day...
Toggle Commented Mar 21, 2013 on Max reached (?) at Arctic Sea Ice
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Mar 21, 2013
Hi folks, finally the dawn of a new promising spring is upon us, and signs of doom is looming at every corner! Well we better grit our teeth and try to be convinced that our words and oppinions DO matter, in the long run, right!? Anyway, though the Kane bridge do exist also this year, and is slightly more eastward stretched than the former 2 years, I have to show how much open water was present at the same time in the year 2010: http://lance-modis.eosdis.nasa.gov/imagery/subsets/?subset=Arctic_r03c02.2010063.terra What differences will this lead to, and of how much greater importance is the ice export out the Fram strait, compared?! You guys have kept up a formidable speed and level during the winter season, its darn hard just to dig in. Also a big salute to A-team, you`ve brought a truly new dimension into this blog. Now we are eager to get on with the melt season...
Toggle Commented Mar 5, 2013 on The cracks of dawn at Arctic Sea Ice
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Aug 24, 2012
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Aug 18, 2012
Been a "spider in the corner" for a while, but the steam and tempo both in the arctic and surely this blog, have reached New levels lately! Congrats to Neven to soon be able to celebrating 100 followers, and just by increasing this number and thereby spreading the word further, will most likely bring these important topics closer to worlds attention!! I, for one, feel proud to have had the chance to be a part of this community for the last couple years. So keep going Neven et. Al!!
Toggle Commented Aug 12, 2012 on Arctic summer storm open thread 1 at Arctic Sea Ice
Friday the 13'th, an omen... Well, only for the Greenland glaciers! Also today the temperature at Summit, 3200 meters above sealevel!, reached at least +2, so one might just imagine the meltrate a little lower in the terrain! An exellent article Philippe! Btw, there is quite a few on this blog being not-native english speaking! Even Neven himself I believe! More about Watson River: http://sermitsiaq.ag/node/131146 The article in danish (similar to norwegian!), tell about 3.500.000 liters per second passing the now ruined bridge in Kangerlussaq, the former record was like 2.000.000 liter!
Toggle Commented Jul 13, 2012 on The dark side of Greenland at Arctic Sea Ice
Neven: According to the historic weather dating back to 2003, such has not happened in July at Summit! http://www.wunderground.com/history/station/04416/2012/7/10/MonthlyHistory.html So it ought to be worth a post!
Toggle Commented Jul 13, 2012 on The dark side of Greenland at Arctic Sea Ice
+ 2,2 at Summit yesterday! And the massive meltdown start crippling the communities at the western coast of Greenland. At Kangerlussaq the bridge binding east and west together, was teared to pices due to tremendous meltwater in the river, also cutting off the waterpipe supplying the town. Watch some videos: http://sermitsiaq.ag/node/131108 http://sermitsiaq.ag/node/131086 And the good weather seem to continue for a while...
Toggle Commented Jul 12, 2012 on The dark side of Greenland at Arctic Sea Ice
The Polar Bears seeking refuge from the Heatwawe striken Churchill, now seem to have reached the "Pole", web cam 2 show a lot of new foot prints! They are very polite and civilized bears not to mess around with either webcam(s) or the poles stuck in the ground...eh....Ice!
Toggle Commented Jul 12, 2012 on Webcam art at Arctic Sea Ice
One last note... Todays surface pressure map from DMI... http://ocean.dmi.dk/arctic/weather/mslp_latest.big.png ...show clearly 2 strong lowpressures going on and both are easily visible and refound on the lance-modis map! http://lance-modis.eosdis.nasa.gov/imagery/subsets/?mosaic=Arctic.2012193.terra.4km That's what I call everyday Art! How often does such lowpressures take place in the Arctic during the summer? And will they also be an extra meltdown force, churning up the fast ice, pushing it around, mixing in saltwater in the snow and also perhaps leading both hot air and water from more southern latitudes into the colder Arctic, north of 80 degree?!
Toggle Commented Jul 11, 2012 on Stronghold at Arctic Sea Ice
Bob & Neven: That picture of "old" snow or ice remind me of easter snow in Norway (if it still exist at that time!), and that snow is very corny and rotten, often filled with dirt, thereby also reducing albedo. Snow/ice at this part of the lifecycle is very prone to melt away fast, thus a super strong positive feedback! Any articles or reports dealing with speculation about the meltdown rate currently taking place at Greenland?
Toggle Commented Jul 11, 2012 on The dark side of Greenland at Arctic Sea Ice
At Churchill, Manitoba,Hudson Bay, "Polar Bear Capital of the World", they have today been reporting 31 C for 5 consequtive hours, just "smashing" the record maximum temp for this date, set 2011, with roughly 11 C!! And they got Polar bears at that place...almost unbelievable that is. Someone call 911...
Toggle Commented Jul 11, 2012 on Stronghold at Arctic Sea Ice
Mdoliner: That conference being 2 year old, but "the rotten MYI" phenomen was debated on this blog, just as the Polarstern crossing the Pole July/Aug. also more or less concluded that the state of MYI is both thin (1-1,5 meter) and pretty rotten. With that as background curtain we all await what Polarstern is up to this season!You may track the whereabouts of the german scientific ship and the frequent air and seatemps they are doing. Just this morning west of Svalbard they reported of -2,4 C, must be pretty much the coldest spot in the Arctic region lately! http://www.sailwx.info/shiptrack/shipposition.phtml?call=DBLK Neven: WiFi is "almost as important" these days as a sucessful harvest back in the Viking era in Greenland 900 years ago... (One might speculate how fragile our community would be in case of a sudden temperaturedrop or rise of 2-3 degrees!? )
Toggle Commented Jul 11, 2012 on Stronghold at Arctic Sea Ice
Janne: Oops, in my head I thought west, but wrote east, SORRY about that! They resided mainly in two strongholds, whereupon the southernmost was clearly the largest. New discoveries released this spring show that they succumbed due to lack of ability to adapt to the inuitt way of life, they trusted to much upon agriculture, and also the collapse of whalrus "horn" prices in Europe (the import of elephanthorn had started!)meant a dramatic decrease of income and traffic across the Atlantic now more frequently filled with ice... http://www.earthtimes.org/scitech/climate-change-killed-viking-settlement-greenland/942/
Toggle Commented Jul 11, 2012 on The dark side of Greenland at Arctic Sea Ice