Resurging Arctic Ice March 1

It’s official–This leap year February is complete and we can now look at the annual Arctic Ice Extent situation at day 60 with two months in the books.

The Resurgence of Arctic ice is continuing in MASIE, the most accurate dataset, but in SII, the remote sensing dataset, not so much.

The MASIE graph shows an extent matching the ten-year average. At 15.02 M km2, 2016 exceeds 2015 annual maximum of 14.91 recorded on day 62, and this year’s peak ice may well go higher.

This table shows comparisons between MASIE and SII

 Months MASIE
Jan 13.922 13.472 -0.019 -0.131 -0.450
Feb 14.804 14.210 0.121 -0.199 -0.593

It is readily shown that SII is severely underestimating this year’s growth of ice compared both to SII 2015 and to MASIE. A monthly differential of nearly 600k km2 has opened up due to SII showing a large decline while MASIE shows a gain compared to last year.

Below is a comparison from MASIE regarding the NH seas comprising the NH statistics.

Ice Extents Ice Extent
Region 2015060 2016060 km2 Diff.
 (0) Northern_Hemisphere 14856201 15018131 161930
 (1) Beaufort_Sea 1070445 1070445 0
 (2) Chukchi_Sea 966006 965989 -17
 (3) East_Siberian_Sea 1087137 1087120 -17
 (4) Laptev_Sea 897845 897809 -36
 (5) Kara_Sea 935023 933890 -1133
 (6) Barents_Sea 701064 529545 -171519
 (7) Greenland_Sea 677415 582658 -94757
 (8) Baffin_Bay_Gulf_of_St._Lawrence 1828321 1588399 -239922
 (9) Canadian_Archipelago 853214 853178 -36
 (10) Hudson_Bay 1260903 1260854 -49
 (11) Central_Arctic 3246891 3208216 -38675
 (12) Bering_Sea 508062 623647 115585
 (13) Baltic_Sea 22187 86770 64583
 (14) Sea_of_Okhotsk 768839 1308697 539858
 (15) Yellow_Sea 0 14137 14137
 (16) Cook_Inlet 5303 3505 -1798

In the table 2016 shows two seas on the Atlantic side lower than this date last year, Barents and Greenland Seas, while the Baltic is much higher, though a smaller size sea.  Barents had grown to almost 600k km2 by day 20, then lost 150k up to day 55, but has now regained half of that loss.

Baffin Bay is down some, but not a large %, while CAA is the same extent.

On the Pacific side, Okhotsk which was the lowest in the last 10 years in 2015 has much more ice now, nearly the highest in 10 years. Bering is also up, so it may be a case of “Goodbye Blob, Hello Normal.”

So is the Winter ending and stopping the ice growth?

Here is my local observation:

Montreal Suburb Street on March 1, 2016

Montreal Suburb Street on March 1, 2016

That’s the snowpack on our street seen from my driveway. And I went cross-country skiing today, an activity normally precluded in March by lack of snow cover and temperatures above freezing. With fresh snowfall last night and -13C this morning, it was one of the best days this season. With a blizzard warning and more snow expected tonight, I’m likely to be back out later this week.

So the report from here: The Siberian Express is on time and going strong.

What’s happening with Arctic ice?

It depends on whose measurements you look at. Before you decide, make sure you have read NOAA is Losing Arctic Ice.


  1. joekano76 · March 1, 2016

    Reblogged this on TheFlippinTruth.


  2. Climatism · March 2, 2016

    Reblogged this on Climatism and commented:
    97% of all Climate experts and global warming sympathetic MSM media told us the exact opposite should be occurring.

    The Arctic ice scam – yet another dud prediction.


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