2016 Ties 2007 for Second Lowest Arctic Sea Ice Minimum

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The Arctic’s ice cover appears to have reached a smallest border on Sep 10, 2016, according to scientists during a National Snow and Ice Data Center, partial of CIRES and CU Boulder. Arctic sea ice border on that day stood during 4.14 million block kilometers (1.60 million block miles), statistically tied during second lowest in a satellite record with a 2007 minimum. The 2007 smallest occurred on Sep 18 of that year, when Arctic sea ice border stood during 4.15 million block kilometers (1.60 million block miles).


“It was a stormy, cloudy, and sincerely cold summer,” conspicuous NSIDC executive Mark Serreze. “Historically, such continue conditions delayed down a summer ice loss, though we still got down to radically a tie for second lowest in a satellite record.”

“It unequivocally suggests that in a subsequent few years, with some-more standard warmer conditions, we will see some really thespian serve losses,” conspicuous Ted Scambos, NSIDC lead scientist.

Arctic sea ice cover grows any autumn and winter, and shrinks any open and  summer. Each year, a Arctic sea ice reaches a smallest border in September. The record lowest border in a 37-year satellite record occurred on Sep 17, 2012 when sea ice border fell to 3.39 million block kilometers (1.31 million block miles).

During a initial 10 days of Sep this year, a Arctic mislaid ice during a faster than normal rate.  On average, a Arctic mislaid 34,100 block kilometers (13,200 block miles) per day compared to a 1981 to 2010 long-term normal of 21,000 block kilometers (8,100 block miles) per day. The early Sep rate of decrease also severely exceeded a rate celebrated for a same duration during  the record low year of 2012 (19,000 block kilometers, or 7,340 block miles, per day). By September, a atmosphere is cooling and there is small aspect melt. This argues that that a sincerely fast early Sep ice detriment was due to additional feverishness in a top ocean. Recent ice detriment was many conspicuous in a Chukchi Sea, northwest of Alaska. NSIDC scientists conspicuous ice might also describe to a impact of two clever storms that upheld by a segment during August.

“This has been an sparkling year with several record low extents reached during winter and early summer though interjection to a colder than normal summer, some-more ice remained than during a finish of 2012,” conspicuous Julienne Stroeve, NSIDC comparison scientist. NSIDC scientists conspicuous there was a lot of skinny ice during a commencement of a warp season, because thinner ice does not take as most appetite to warp away, this might have also contributed to this year’s low smallest extent.

Please note that a Arctic sea ice border series for 2016 is preliminary—changing winds could still pull a ice border lower. NSIDC will emanate a grave proclamation during a commencement of Oct with full research of a probable causes behind this year’s ice conditions, quite engaging aspects of a warp season, a set adult going into a winter expansion deteriorate ahead, and graphics comparing this year to a long-term record.

See a full research at NSIDC’s Arctic Sea Ice News and Analysis page.

Source: University of Colorado Boulder