Is Arctic sea ice really disappearing?

Have you heard the latest one? Polar bears are supposedly starving because Arctic sea ice has declined by 50 percent in the last 30 years.

That sea-ice decline is also supposed to (somehow) cause record cold temperatures (somewhere).

Trouble is, this image from the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) clearly shows quite the contrary.

Extent of Arctic Sea Ice – Jan 2018 – NSIDC

The white area shows Arctic sea-ice extent as of January, 2018.

The magenta line shows the 30-year median sea-ice extent for January.

Not exactly the catastrophic ice loss that we’ve been lead to believe, is it?

I captured the above image from the NSIDC website today, 15 Feb 2018.



16 thoughts on “Is Arctic sea ice really disappearing?”

  1. Wait, didn’t they try that ‘starving polar bears’ crap before, a few years ago? They did…
    If there _are_ significantly increased numbers of sick & starving P.Bears, I’d be looking at ocean spread patterns of radioisotopes from Fukushima and resulting ocean dieoff as likely cause.

    Anyway, I’m really looking forward to autumn and winter this year is Sydney Australia. Will it be colder than normal? I have a hunch it might be, if current northern hemisphere cold records are anything to go by.

    I don’t even mind if there are rolling power blackouts due to the AGW nitwits having shut down and destroyed so many reliable coal-fired power stations in Australia in recent years. The ‘told you so’ satisfaction will be worth it. I have lots of firewood.

  2. Very difficult to see the magenta line.
    Better colors would be yellow, light green or light blue.

    I’ve done some GIS work using multiple colors on maps, etc. I learned the hard way that something that looked good on my monitor didn’t mean it would look good on every monitor and especially not on a projector.

  3. They used to show a comparison line with the same day last year but when it started showing ice growth above the previous years high points they stopped it. Just another con, i had hoped that President Trump would start defunding the deceivers but that doesnt appear to have startedin earnest yet!

  4. next week will be too much ice stopping seals landing to be food for the poley bears;-)
    even the dumbed down masses are suffering the “wolf” effect now..they shrug n yawn and walk away from the tv etc
    the warmists have done a lot of the work for us sceptics in creating a human hiatus of belief;-)
    to go with the well documented

  5. I think it would be extremely hard to say that it’s disappearing to the extent that there is no ice. I checked on the NSIDC archives (anyone can do this) using Google earth.

    Yes it has been reducing since 1999 (which was after a huge el Nino). Has it gone? No, and to be honest it’s really hard to see major changes at maximum extent. It is a lot more obvious at minimum extent. Then the next question would be whether it will get warm enough to go completel? Logic says no (have you ever been really far north?).

    As has been posted on here a few years ago – many predictions going back 100 years or so have predicted the disappearance of Arctic ice.

    So let’s just Agree that it’s about normal.

  6. I seriously doubt the sea ice extent provided by the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) is correct. I realize wind patterns are usually cited as the cause of reduced ice area in the middle of winter but it defies logic. The algorithms providing the image you’ve shown and the graph of Arctic sea ice on the NSIDC website have been adjusted numerous times. The adjustments always seem to reduce sea ice area, the exact result the warmists desire.

    Other sites including the Danish Meteorological Institute graph large changes in temperature within the Arctic Circle. How much have their methods changed since the 1950’s? I suspect the digital age impact is enormous.

  7. The Canadian Arctic is currently experiencing incredible cold with readings below -50 F. I don’t believe the sea ice is in any serious danger under those conditions.

  8. The Polar Bear population is reckoned to be the only large carnivore still in it’s traditional habitat and at normal historic numbers according to the WWF.

    The decline in numbers is considered to be down to hunting and since the worldwide ban in ’73 numbers have bounced back.

    More Polar Bears than ever gets you any number of results.

  9. And yet polar bears in some parts are going hungry because the ice is too thick for the seals to breed and provide pups for the bears to eat.

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