The 17th daily record for Antarctic Sea Ice Extent in 2014 was set yesterday on Feb 3 (Day 34).
The old record was broken by 290,000 sq km. Sea Ice is 980,000 sq km above the 1981-2010 mean. Thats 28.65%.
And WOW …. I know this is probably just an aberration (but it isn’t a normal time so who knows) but extent only fell 3230 sq km from day 33 to 34. Normally at this time of year extent falls around 40,000-100,000 sq km per day.
Caveat: the raw data has 0.00058 sq km in the missing column (which is usually 0). Not sure what that means, but that is only 580 sq km.
I’ve added the 2008 Highest Minimum point to this graph. Data is here. Click for bigger.
Antarctic Sea Ice Minimum Trend is climbing at 140,000 sq km per decade!
After declaring Antarctic had the 2nd highest minimum of all time I thought I should graph the trend.
Wow. At this rate Antarctic Sea Ice minimum will just keep growing and growing until you can’t get near Antarctica by ship at all! (probably not but it is fun to claim).
UPDATE: The next day set a record.
Antarctic Sea Ice on day 42 (Feb 11 2013) is 24% above average (770,000 sq km) and and only 8300 sq km short of a record.
There is a chance of an all-time record of the highest minimum ever in the coming days. The record is from 2008 – 3.69176 million sq km – on day 51.
As Antarctic Sea Ice approaches minimum for the year, Antarctic Sea Ice for Day 26 is the 4th largest amount behind 2008, 1995 and 2004.
The way things are tracking there is a good chance a record for most ice at minimum may be set.
Antarctic Sea Ice Extend Maximum Trend