Antarctica GAINING 82 to 112 gigatons of Ice per Year

“According to the new analysis of satellite data, the Antarctic ice sheet showed a net gain of 112 billion tons of ice a year from 1992 to 2001. That net gain slowed   to 82 billion tons of ice per year between 2003 and 2008.”

“Zwally’s team calculated that the mass gain from the thickening of East Antarctica remained steady from 1992 to 2008 at 200 billion tons per year”

The good news is that Antarctica is not currently contributing to sea level rise, but is taking 0.23 millimeters per year away,” Zwally said.

 

http://www.nasa.gov/feature/goddard/nasa-study-mass-gains-of-antarctic-ice-sheet-greater-than-losses

 

 

Arctic Sea Ice Maximum For 2015

Unless something weird happens, the Arctic may have set its maximum way back on day 53.

It would be the lowest maximum in the satellite era.

It is not the earliest day of maximum.

1987, 1994 and 1996 set their maximums on day 52.

Year Min Max day of Max day of Min Avg Anomaly
1979 6.895 16.635 60 264 0.69
1983 7.204 16.412 73 251 0.7
1982 7.16 16.325 58 256 0.81
1988 7.048 16.309 70 255 0.53
1980 7.533 16.302 65 249 0.7
1987 6.89 16.293 52 245 0.62
1990 6.011 16.249 71 264 0.06
1985 6.486 16.163 76 252 0.36
1986 7.122 16.158 69 249 0.57
1998 6.293 16.07 56 260 0.12
1993 6.161 16.048 72 256 0.29
1984 6.396 15.809 78 260 0.27
1981 6.902 15.801 73 253 0.5
1994 6.934 15.77 52 248 0.38
1989 6.888 15.766 65 265 0.33
2001 6.567 15.742 63 262 -0.04
1997 6.602 15.684 79 246 0.03
1991 6.259 15.647 56 259 0.11
2003 5.969 15.629 79 260 -0.24
1999 5.676 15.627 89 255 0.06
2002 5.625 15.624 68 261 -0.27
1992 7.159 15.576 72 251 0.47
2000 5.943 15.498 63 255 -0.13
1996 7.147 15.484 52 254 0.2
1995 5.99 15.384 90 250 -0.22
2008 4.548 15.354 58 262 -0.66
2010 4.59 15.351 90 262 -0.92
2012 3.34 15.307 78 260 -1.23
2004 5.77 15.3 70 262 -0.4
2013 5.04 15.196 73 256 -0.74
2009 5.047 15.195 61 255 -0.7
2014 4.988 15.007 79 259 -0.84
2005 5.314 14.993 68 263 -0.73
2007 4.147 14.842 69 257 -1.16
2006 5.746 14.777 70 257 -0.86
2011 4.333 14.704 66 251 -1.15
2015 TBA 14.595 53 TBA TBA

Antarctica Losing 130 gigatons of ice per year (last Year it was 159 gigatons per year)

The Daily Mail claims that Antarctica is losing 130 gigatons of ice per year. (An earlier version of my post had a typo and said 159)

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2972611/Antarctica-s-melting-ice-changing-shape-Earth-Researchers-warn-area-ground-zero-climate-change.html

The trouble is twofold:

One … last year it was 159 gigatons per year: http://www.futurity.org/159b-tons-antarctic-ice-sheet-lost-year/

Two …

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 130 gigatons per year, how long before Antarctica melts? That would be 30,000,000 / 130.

 

 

230,000 years.

 

I’m guessing our interglacial will end long before that. And the ice will have stopped melting and started growing.

What the Klimate 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.

Is This An Honest Summary NSIDC?

On the front page of the NSIDC Sea Ice News is this:

Is This Honest

 

Is that an honest summary of what is happening in Antarctica?

There is no sign of a rapid decline in Antarctic Sea Ice Extent. Records are still being smashed.

 

Serial spammer David A keeps asking why I am not mentioning that the Arctic set one daily record low by a small amount?

Its a simple two-part answer.

1) I do post the Arctic data.

2) But I emphasize the Antarctic and Global Records because the organizations with billions in funding DO NOT!

I do this for free.

 

 

Antarctica Sea Ice Extent and Albedo

In Antarctica Sea Ice Extent has been setting record after record. It is mid summer and as of today there is 9.2 million sq km of sea ice.

That is 3.4 million sq km more than in 1980.

The albedo implications (which are only discussed by “scientists” in relation to the arctic) are important.

The following info is from a post I did in 2012 and is worth reposting (just remember it was from September 2012):

What is the impact of more Antarctic Sea Ice? Many warmists claim that less Arctic Sea Ice will have a more dramatic effect on earth’s albedo than increasing Antarctic Sea Ice.

Poster RACookPE1978 at WUWT disagrees and I hope he does not mind me reblogging  his comment here.

“The Antarctic Sea Ice at its 16.5 million km^2 maximum near the equinox in mid-September is a near crown-shape: A circular ring whose edge is between 62 south and 60 south latitude. During its mid-winter GROWTH range – that period BEFORE its maximum extent when its will reflect the most solar energy – it will have about 50% of its area between 66.5 south (the Antarctic Circle) and 60 south latitude.

Now, at that latitude, EVEN AT MID NH SUMMER (darkest time of the year for the Antarctic continent in mid-winter) the Antarctic sea ice WILL be reflecting light energy … for the simple reason that the Antarctic sea ice is exposed to southern hemisphere sunlight every day – even at the shortest day if the winter at June 22.

BUT … Antarctic Sea Ice is NOT at its maximum at mid-winter (the darkest days), but rather, Antarctic Sea Ice is at its maximum at the equinox when there IS sunlight for 12 hours per every latitude on the planet. Further, Antarctic Sea Ice at its maximum IS exposed to strongly absorbed sunlight at solar incidence angle between 15 and 30 degrees for 10 of those 12 hours. Worse, from a cooling world standpoint, a DECREASE in Arctic Sea ice from its present “circular cap” up between 81 north latitude and the pole DOES NOT result in increased solar absorption into the exposed sea surface, but rather an increased LOSS of heat energy from the exposed water due to evaporation and radiation.

The difference? The angle of the incidence sunlight. In the Antarctic, the light is inbound on the newly freezing sea ice at 30 degrees angle: At 30-25 degrees incidence angle, open water absorbs 90-95% of the inbound energy, sea ice reflects about 98 percent of the incident energy.

in the Arctic, at 4-8 degrees incidence angle, open (rough) water reflects 95% of the solar energy. Ice reflects about 98% of the incoming solar energy. Open water loses another 117 watts/m^2 compared to ice-covered water.

Thus, “simple” physics and geography shows that an increase in Antarctic Sea by 1.5 million km^2 ABOVE its previous “average” of 15.0 million km^2 SIGNIFICANTLY increases heat loss from the planet. An (potential) loss even of the entire remaining sea ice of 3.4 million km^2 increases heat loss from the planet.

And NO IPCC report nor ANY climate model predicts ANY increase in Antarctic sea ice at the same time as a Arctic Sea Ice decline. They only predict sea ice declines due to “a warming world” and “prove” a warming world by that same sea ice decline.”