Thursday, 24 April 2014

Summer Arctic ice coverage well below the average for recent years

The seasonal Arctic sea ice melt is well and truly underway and the early indications are that 2014 will be another one with summer ice coverage well below the average for recent years.
The latest figure from the National Snow and Ice Data Center shows the area of ocean with at least 15% sea ice is less (solid purple line) than in what turned out to be the record low year of 2012 (the dotted line).
24-04-2014 recenticecover
The pattern for the whole of the summer period (from which the graph above is taken) is shown below.
24-04-2014 arcticseaiceextent
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