Antarctic Sea Ice Sets Yet Another Record

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Breaks old record by 26,500 sq km. That’s an area bigger than Vermont,

which contains 24,923 sq km (9,620 sq miles).


The old record was set in 2008.

The 1st daily record for Antarctic Sea Ice Extent in 2014 was set yesterday on day 15.

Larger version of graph:

Thanks to Kevin Eichhorst for these links

12 thoughts on “Antarctic Sea Ice Sets Yet Another Record”

  1. look record ice in Antarctic and a rapid recovery in the arctic says to me a rapid cool down is taking place…pay close attention to when the minimum happens in the antarctic. ..probably by the end of February. ..maybe a little sooner….watch the melting periods shrink….we had ice in lakes in Connecticut by thanksgiving this year…I have lived their since 99 and thats the earliest I remember ice appearing…I come to Minnesota first week of December I’m in international falls…ok it gets really cold but we have just 2 days of 35F in 6 weeks…half the time we didnt get above 0…something is not right

  2. Am I a conspiracy theorist or do other people find it strange that climate science graphs always show declining trends in things like absolute sea ice area yet always show an upward trend in temperatures even when the actual temperatures may not be very high.

    Consider the graph above which shows a clear decline in sea ice area. As it is summer in Antarctica this is completely natural. The same thing happens in the Arctic.

    But the graph lends the impression of declining sea ice area to the casual observer – the slope is down.

    However, if the graph were an “anomaly” graph it would indicate a positive slope and it would be obvious to all that the sea ice extent for the day of the year is currently increasing.

    “Anomaly” type graphs are used all the time by alarmists and purport to show an alarming trend in increasing temperatures.

    Plot actual recorded temperatures – not the exaggerated “anomaly” from a fictional average global temperature which doesn’t exist – on a graph and over the whole temperature record the slope is pretty much completely flat.

    A graph with “Y” axis from even 10 to 20 C over the entire temperature record shows at best a 0.8 degree C increase – almost a dead flat graph.

    But they use “anomalies” with exaggerated precision on the “Y” axis and thus the step slope giving the impression things are dire.

    An “anomaly” graph uses perhaps several vertical inches for perhaps half a degree while on an actual temperature graph the same interval may be 5 degrees.

    This exaggerates the positive slope resulting in alarming trends.

    Do the same with the current Antarctic sea ice levels and the slope would be exaggerated and going up giving the clear impression that the sea ice is increasing alarmingly.

    Similarly all the graphs for things like sea level rise etc. use “anomalies” to exaggerate the trend to appear alarming.

    In my opinion “anomaly” graphs released to the public are a “con job”. Scientists may need this type of information to sort out the “signal” from the “noise” but to the lay person they appear to represent something which they are not.

    Is this deliberate deception and am I a conspiracy theorist ?

    1. Conspiracies have been a fact of life in human affairs as far back in history as you wish to go. The fact that you are worried about suspecting a conspiracy indicates that you have bought into the popular cultural meme that people who suspect conspiracies are abnormal or paranoid. Conspiracies are always a possibility. If you think something looks phoney or deliberate then it may well be.

    2. Rosco,

      I have long felt that the use of graphs to falsely promote an agenda has been endemic for a very long time. One of my pet hates is the use of non-zero origins in graphs – this can make a relatively small trend seem massive. Also, as you indicated, the use of “anomaly” graphs to push an agenda is fraudulent.

      Graphical information is the easiest assimilated by the human mind. Producing a graph which purports to show a decline in something or an advance in something else, is the easiest way to push an agenda. It hardly needs to make any sense, as long as the statement made is accompanied by a chart showing the requisite “trend”. The general public are not in a position to make any sense of most of the arguments, or in fact the statistics used to produce the graphs.

      These are all calls to authority. The general public will simply believe them because they “look” right and they come from the government, universities, researchers, etc, who of course, know what they are talking about and wouldn’t dream of lying about something so important…..

    3. deliberate deception:-)
      because most folks dont LOOK at the minute figures on sidebars they just scan the left to right..and oif its made to APPEAR like theres a rise..they dont LOOK to see how minute the rise is..
      and then of course Nasa Noaa and Giss etc
      have been well n truly Busted! adjusting past temp records down…and removing original records from access as well, to stop people doing a search unless very determined or able to access archives or caches.

    4. The lower axis of the graph is Day of the Year. It’s summer down there and the graph is showing the summer melt period. No conspiracy.

  3. And that seems way above one standard deviation from the mean, with a slope line that suggests a continued increase with further records in the offing judging by how the slopes of all the other years seem to follow a similar trend line, slope wise; could be hell may not be freezing over, but the Antarctica is; metaphorically speaking, as well, in the heat (hell?) of summer? :-)

  4. Interesting; it looks like the 2014 extent is eclipsing the 2008 extent for the same months. It will be interesting to see what happens in the next month or so.

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