Ice free Antarctic? Not likely anytime soon

NASA has announced a new record growth of the Antarctic Sea Ice extent.

GRAFIK Antarktis / Meeresspiegel

Whenever the ice at the North and South Pole is mentioned, it is mostly in the context of melting ice triggered by global warming. However, the sea ice in Antarctica – in contrast to that in the Arctic – has proved to be remarkably robust. New measurements have now confirmed that. As the U.S. space agency NASA announced, the sea ice in the Antarctic has extended over an area of ​​19.47 million square meters at the end of September. That is the highest since measurements began in 1979. 

The result is based on data from the Advanced Microwave Scanning Radiometer 2 (AMSR2) on board of the Japanese satellite “GCOM-W1″. “The winter maximum has been a record for on the second consecutive year” said Walt Meier, a meteorologist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. However, he stressed that it is by no means a rapid growth: The now measured maximum extent is only 3.6 percent above the average maximum extent of 1981 to 2010. “This year, the ice edge extends therefore only 35 kilometres further out to sea than in an average year,” Meier said.


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  • cows4me

    Oh dear how the fuck did that happen, didn’t see that coming, not. Has anyone broken this to the morons that claim the sky is falling? What does the 95% that are “so” certain AGW is real say? Where’s the idiot Smith, the clueless Gluckman and all the other dribbling wonders that are stealing our fucking money. C’mon you pricks, enough, drop all carbon taxes NOW. It’s a fucking scam losers, you’ve been had, big time.

    • In Vino Veritas

      Perhaps cows, they’ve misread the data (again) and we are heading for an ice age instead? I guess when all arguments for GW are used and it still hasn’t happened, there will be a run on man made global cooling.

      • cows4me

        “misread the data” been rather kind are you not IVV. These mongrels haven’t misread anything, they have pushed AGW as a problem in search of an answer and the answer is vast sums of loot and control. It’s a scam of epic proportions from, wealth redistribution, taxation to limits or rules that govern every aspect of our lives. AGW , no it’s a power play and we the peasants are the intended victims.

    • Sir Cullen’s Sidekick

      Greens are proposing additional 10 cents on petrol and 3 cents a KWH on electricity to stop ice melting bro….

  • Eiselmann

    ahhhh…Its a soon to be Ice age then…caused by the decadent west.

  • Andy

    The Arctic seems to be doing a bit of an early freeze too

  • OhopeBeachBugger

    Posted earlier on general debate, but check this out. It is instructive.

    • Chancey

      omigod – you mean the sun has something to do with the temperature – duh

      • OhopeBeachBugger


  • tarkwin

    We should send the Greens there to check it out.

    • Sir Cullen’s Sidekick

      The fat one will break the ice….

      • Nechtan

        Or be adopted by a colony of elephant seals.

  • Guest

    Yeah; but the arctic – that must be almost molten by now …

  • timemagazine

    Climate change is a great scheme for the left to milk more and more money from the taxpayer. They took a slight blow when the cooked books from the university of East Anglian where exposed. Remember? But in they are regrouping as fast as they can.

  • grumpy
  • Sir Cullen’s Sidekick

    This ice growth can be easily fixed fellows. Let us take the Fat Tuatara from the Socialist Green Party of NZ to Antarctic and ask her to sit on the ice sheet….everything will break and we can then happily slap a 10 cents carbon tax on petrol….ETS my foot…

  • Steve (North Shore)

    The ice from the North Pole just moved to the South Pole, because the Ice is fucking sick of all of the Greenie wankers up there