Over at the LA Times they are making excuses for why there is record breaking sea ice in Antarctica.
One of the excuses is that “global warming is strengthening circumpolar winds”. There is very little evidence that “global warming” would actually increase wind. Any change in winds is tenuous and could be cyclic.
However, the trouble with that excuse is that an increase (or change caused by cycles like the AMO/PDO etc) in circumpolar wind in Antarctica would prevent snow accumulation and cause ablation of the ice surface which would then appear as “melting” and it would be nothing of the sort.
A request. (I don’t usually do requests)
Solar data from here. I graphed the highlighted items.
# Quarterly Daily Solar Data
# Sunspot Stanford GOES15
# Radio SESC Area Solar X-Ray ------ Flares ------
# Flux Sunspot 10E-6 New Mean Bkgd X-Ray Optical
# Date 10.7cm Number Hemis. Regions Field Flux C M X S 1 2 3
2014 07 01 152 154 850 1 -999 B9.6 5 1 0 14 1 0 0
Anomaly means the difference from 1981-2010 average. CMXS just means the number of C,M,X and S class flares added together.
A quick update for sea ice extent for day 175 of 2014
- Global Sea Ice Extent is 589,000 sq km above the 1981-2010 mean. That is ranked 5 for the day.
- Antarctic Sea Ice Extent is 1,444,000 sq km above the 1981-2010 mean. That is ranked 1 for the day.
- Arctic Sea Ice Extent is -856,000 sq km below the 1981-2010 mean. That is ranked 32 for the day.
A quick update for sea ice extent for day 173 of 2014
- Global Sea Ice Extent is 696,000 sq km above the 1981-2010 mean. That is ranked 4 for the day.
- Antarctic Sea Ice Extent is 1,499,000 sq km above the 1981-2010 mean. That is ranked 1 for the day. That is the 106th daily record for 2014.
- Arctic Sea Ice Extent is -803,000 sq km below the 1981-2010 mean. That is ranked 32 for the day.
I’m sure you have seen the headlines. The continent of Antarctica is losing 159 gigatons of ice every year now. (Almost all of it where there are volcanoes under the ice)
The world is coming to an end surely if that is happening. (And lets be honest, that is a big IF because the AGW Kult lies)
NSIDC: “The Antarctic Ice Sheet contains 30 million cubic kilometers (7.2 million cubic miles) of ice.”
A gigaton of ice is approximately one cubic kilometer of ice.
So … at 159 gigatons per year, how long before Antarctica melts? That would be 30,000,000 / 159.
I’m guessing our interglacial will end long before that. And the ice will have stopped melting and started growing.
What the Kult doesn’t tell you is that the minute Antarctica stops melting is the moment most of humanity will start to die because that when the interglacial ends.
And it will end.
Where is the ice loss?
The AGW Cult loved the word “unprecedented”. They claim the warming that stopped in 1998 was unprecedented.
It turned out that was not true. Another nail in the coffin for “unprecedented” is this paper.
“Pine Island Glacier, a major outlet of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet, has been undergoing rapid thinning and retreat for the past two decades. Here we demonstrate, using glacial-geological and geochronological data, that Pine Island Glacier also experienced rapid thinning during the early Holocene, around 8,000 years ago. Cosmogenic 10Be concentrations in glacially-transported rocks show that this thinning was sustained for decades to centuries at an average rate of more than 100 cm yr−1, comparable to contemporary thinning rates. The most likely mechanism was a reduction in ice shelf buttressing. Our findings reveal that Pine Island Glacier has experienced rapid thinning at least once in the past, and that, once set in motion, rapid ice sheet changes in this region can persist for centuries.”
(h/t Register via GWPF)
Warmists like to claim warming in every part of the world is unprecedented.
This paper says just the opposite. Warming has been more dramatic in the 1700s and 1800s than today.
“We present a new stable isotope record from Ellsworth Land which provides a valuable 308-year record (1702-2009) of climate variability from coastal West Antarctica. Climate variability at this site is strongly forced by sea surface temperatures (SSTs) and atmospheric pressure in the tropical Pacific and related to local sea ice conditions. The record shows that this region has warmed since the late 1950s, at a similar magnitude to that observed in the Antarctic Peninsula and central West Antarctica, however, this warming trend is not unique. More dramatic isotopic warming (and cooling) trends occurred in the mid-19th and 18th centuries, suggesting that at present the effect of anthropogenic climate drivers at this location has not exceeded the natural range of climate variability in the context of the past ~300 years.“