Record growth in Antarctic ice

The Antarctic sea ice has been setting almost daily records for its extent. As of July 29, there had been 7 new records in 8 days. That was 70,000 sq mi larger than the previous (2010) record, and about 340,000 sq mi larger than the 30-year average. For comparison, New Hampshire is about 9,300 sq mi.

Meanwhile, on the other end of the globe, the Danish Meteorological Institute reports that Arctic temperatures have been lower than the 50-year average for more than two months. July 30 the temperature hit zero degrees Celcius.

UPDATE: August 3rd saw yet another record for the extent of  Antarctic sea ice. Now 11 days in a row. And the Arctic summer has been the shortest on record. “Normally the high Arctic has about 90 days above freezing. This year there was less than half that.”


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