The NSIDC and many other used the ozone hole as an “excuse” for why Antarctic Sea Ice Extent broke records this year.
“Both warming and ozone loss act to strengthen the circumpolar winds in the south. This is due primarily to persistently cold conditions prevailing on Antarctica year-round, and a cold stratosphere above Antarctica due to the ozone hole. Stronger winds generally act to blow the sea ice outward, slightly increasing the extent”
“The average area covered by the Antarctic ozone hole this year was the second smallest in the last 20 years, according to data from NASA and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) satellites.”
What a shock. The “scientists” excuses for more Antarctic Sea Ice was bogus.