17 thoughts on “Hudson Bay ice extent growing like crazy”

  1. Woohoo! Like the cold. Colder than average air over Northwestern Canada has created big Pacific storms which create larger snowfall in central and western Canada when they move inland. Cold air over Hudson Bay is causing a near normal freeze-up. It’s better than the last 5 years (slowest years on record) but still below average. Global average temperatures are increasing NOT decreasing. Why not show a longer period than 5 years? Oh.. because it shows you wrong in your doctrines…


  2. I am increasingly wondering if this Fall’s annual minimum was a sort of “calm before the storm” vis a vis the end of the interglacial. Look at the configuration of the sea ice at the minimum. It was highly abnormal in that, although overall coverage was low, there was this monolithic “wedge” of sea ice with its apex near Russia and its base along the North Greenland coast and Canadian coast. Along the North American front the ice was very thick versus the thickness further pole ward. I draw an analogy with a backdraft in a fire. It draws in right before bursting out.

  3. And yet, in southeast Texas the entire fall has been above average in temperature. Kilowatt usage is up 12.5% more than it was last year at this time, and has been for the last three months. And I called last year the “year without a winter”. As for Chicago, my first winter there was 1979. O’Hare had been closed three times by the end of the year. I arrived there the day it opened the third time. Went up to Great Lakes and froze. It finally warmed up to a reasonable temperature (for me) on July 5th. I called the area that winter an arctic wasteland. Is Chicago having winters like that now??? I think not!!!

    1. I’m also still frustrated the way the weather’s been here in southeast Texas for the longest time. Year after year we continue to get record highs, along with no record lows. Record lows just don’t occur anymore around here and now through this weekend we’re still expecting more record highs.

  4. Norway House’s 3 feet of snow likely smashes record!

    Snow drifts up to five and six feet tall — taller than the average person, here. To compare, the biggest one-day snowfall Norway House has on record was just 25.4 cm in 1975 — about a third of what fell Monday.

    Note: These snowfall amounts are at low levels; not mountain snow.

    Unofficial snowfall totals for Monday, Dec. 3, 2012:
    • Norway House 60-90 cm
    • Gods Lake Narrows 60-90 cm
    • Island Lake 60 cm
    • Oxford House 45 cm
    • Cross Lake 30-40 cm
    • Gillam 35 cm
    • Grand Rapids 30 cm
    • The Pas 30 cm
    • Mafeking 23 cm


  5. All the alarmist hysteria about lack of Arctic sea ice now seems like a distant memory. Both sea ice and snow cover are doing just fine.

  6. In this Mondays Chicago Tribune, on the weather page, is a boxed section titled, “NEAR RECORD WARMTH MONDAY; lean snow season ahead?”
    It goes on to explain– ‘We have just six days to go after Monday to tie the 280 consecutive no-measurable snow days set in 1994 (March 1 to Dec. 5)’, and “LACK OF SNOW SO FAR POINTS TO BELOW-AVERAGE SNOW SEASON – The further we go into December without a measurable snow(0.1″ or greater), the stronger history speaks for a below-normal snow season. … Dating to 1884, only eight snow seasons with no measurable snow through Dec. 5 – all followed by below-normal and most(six of eight) substantially below-normal snowfall.”

    Yet we have had a trace I saw it about 3 weeks ago on roofs and shaded spots. They could be talking about the city proper, I live in a northern suburb. On Monday it got up to about 63 and cloudy all day, today (Tue) it got up to the low 50’s. Supposed to get cooler as the week progresses and snow is forecast for Sunday.

    With the Hudson Bay icing over, and much of Canada already with a high albedo, I have very strong doubts about a lean snow season this year.
    Lake Michigan is currently at 42 degrees F. and falling. Also to support my strong doubts, the jetstream is not locked in place like it was last year.
    -that’s my report from Chicagoland-

    1. The Tribune has to make headlines any way it can. I lived the first 13 years of my life in the Chicago suburbs and I can vouch for the fact that we generally did not have a white Christmas. I remember looking for snow every year and very seldom seeing it until after New Years. December of either 69 or 70 saw a 12 inch snowfall about the middle of the month and most of the area was caught off guard.

      1. I grew up, in the 50’s and 60’2, in a small town about 60 miles west of downtown Chicago. We had a white Christmas every year. Lots and lots of snow, used up all the “snow days” for school, and had low temps as cold as 25 below zero.

        1. Being close to Lake Michigan has something to do with it. In Winter is always warmer by the lake, summer the opposite. But
          in my memory I concur with D.M. Mitchell, most Christmases in Chicago are white ones. Perhaps 3 out of 5.

          This is funny: From Wednesdays Trib Weather page[12-5-2012](they’re conveniently ignoring Manitoba btw): “SNOW DROUGHT UNDERWAY IN THE LOWER 48”; “EVEN ALASKA’S BEEN SHORT ON SNOW”(Anchorage 6.7″, Fairbanks 11.3”); “COOLING INTENSIFIES GOING INTO WEDNESDAY”
          By Sunday evening colder air will infiltrate the city, and rain may begin to mix with sleet and snow. Monday and Tuesday could bring some rain and/or snow, but with temperatures continuing to drop, the city could log its first measurable snowfall.
          Looks to be a classic nor’easter, which combined with lake effect has a potential to dump a lot more than a few inches. Actually in my 50+ years of observations this so-far is a pretty typical start to Chicago winter. I think the ‘lower 48′(states) will have no problem catching up – based on what’s happening up in the great plains of Canada!

          1. Just checked the facts about Chicago white Chritmas. 40% historically. Sorry guys, I guess I’m a little closer in my estimation. 40% means that most of the time you don’t have one.

  7. Solar activity was pretty low this year and we can see how it affect our climate; record ice growth for Antarctica, many records for snow and low temp in USA, Europe and Asia now this ice extent in Northern Hemisphere…i think this are clear signs of our new climate, and the changes are running faster and faster !

    1. I agree, we’ve been in the present solar minimum since 2008, but the period of maximum of cycle C24 (basically the 2nd semester of 2011 and 1st of 2012) have masked the cooling trend for awhile.
      Now that the maximum has passed the cooling trend is manifesting again, as we see here more and more news everyday proving this from all parts of the world.
      My hope is that it can accelerate even more so that in a couple of years the GW hoax, and its creators, will be exposed before the entire world as the greatest pseudo-scientific deception of all time.

  8. I’m expecting “interesting news” from the Arctic ice-extent this winter. It already surpassed the average anomaly last April, but I’m expecting more in the months ahead.
    Oceans are cooling worldwide at the moment and I have the impression the trend will continue.
    The strong increase of the Hudson Bay is a good sign in this direction, but it’s still a bit early to tell.
    The N. Atlantic anomaly (AMO) was positive this entire year and it could take a while for it to get appreciably colder, one important point is that right now it is getting colder.

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