Arctic Ice Maxing in January

Previous posts reported how Arctic ice was growing faster than average as well as last year.  Remarkably, several regions have already exceeded their maximum ice extents last March, and overall, Arctic ice is 98% of 2021 maximum with six weeks of freezing season remaining.

The animation shows ice growing the second half of January, notably reaching 1.32M km2 in Baffin Bay, right center, exceeding 2021 max.  Greenland Sea, center top, added 144k km2 to reach 710k km2, also greater than last year’s max.  And at bottom left Bering Sea reached 741k km2, 116% of last years max.

This year began with a surplus and ended January still 230k km2 higher.  The gap over 2021 is 465k km2, nearly half a Wadham. SII dipped and then rose to match MASIE before a drop yesterday.

Region 2022031 Day 31 Average 2022-Ave. 2021031 2022-2021
 (0) Northern_Hemisphere 14599079 14368396 230683 14133494 465586
 (1) Beaufort_Sea 1070776 1070282 494 1070689 87
 (2) Chukchi_Sea 966006 965968 38 966006 0
 (3) East_Siberian_Sea 1087137 1087049 89 1087120 17
 (4) Laptev_Sea 897827 897821 6 897827 0
 (5) Kara_Sea 934844 917081 17763 934952 -108
 (6) Barents_Sea 695583 572672 122910 690363 5220
 (7) Greenland_Sea 724418 594443 129976 621098 103321
 (8) Baffin_Bay_Gulf_of_St._Lawrence 1322799 1336538 -13738 1008582 314217
 (9) Canadian_Archipelago 854685 853253 1433 854597 88
 (10) Hudson_Bay 1260903 1260753 151 1260471 432
 (11) Central_Arctic 3226420 3210376 16045 3203312 23108
 (12) Bering_Sea 741202 650072 91130 545486 195717
 (13) Baltic_Sea 62895 64264 -1369 52787 10108
 (14) Sea_of_Okhotsk 720277 826161 -105884 900121 -179843

The table shows that surpluses in Barents, Greenland and Bering seas more than offset a deficit to average in Okhotsk.  In the latter case, ice has finally begun to build up toward a normal extent for this period. With an overall extent of 14.6M km2, prospects are good for maxing higher than 15M km2 by mid March.

 

3 comments

  1. Jamie Spry · February 1

    Reblogged this on Climatism and commented:
    Inconvenient data for Arctic sea-ice that was meant to have “disappeared” long ago! https://climatism.wordpress.com/2019/01/25/climate-dud-predictions-ice-free-arctic-prophesies-by-the-97-consensus-and-compliant-mainstream-media/

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  2. HiFast · February 1

    Reblogged this on Climate Collections.

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