Arctic sea ice is currently receding at about 100,000 sq. kms. a day. Because of it, we'll not only be breaking a record for sea ice loss this year but we'll be breaking it really soon, perhaps just next week.
"Unless something really unusual happens we will see the record
broken in the next few days. It might happen this weekend, almost
certainly next week," Julienne Stroeve, a scientist at the US National Snow and Ice Data Centre (NSIDC) in Boulder, Colorado, told the Guardian.
the last few days it has been losing 100,000 sq km a day, a record in
itself for August. A storm has spread the ice pack out, opening up
water, bringing up warmer water. Things are definitely changing
Because ice thickness, volume, extent and area are all
measured differently, it may be a week before there is unanimous
agreement among the world's cryologists (ice experts) that 2012 is a
record year. Four out of the nine daily sea ice extent and area graphs
kept by scientists in the US, Europe and Asia suggest that records have
already been broken. "The whole energy balance of the Arctic is
changing. There's more heat up there. There's been a change of climate
and we are losing more seasonal ice. The rate of ice loss is faster than
the models can capture [but] we can expect the Arctic to be ice-free in
summer by 2050," said Stroeve.
"Only 15 years ago I didn't expect
to see such dramatic changes – no one did. The ice-free season is far
longer now. Twenty years ago it was about a month. Now it's three
months. Temperatures last week in the Arctic were 14C, which is pretty
And if you think this isn't weird, take a look at Alaska. Valdez hit 90F, causing the U.S. National Weather Service to issue a release, all in caps.
IN VALDEZ . . . THE DAILY HIGH TEMPERATURE RECORD OF 75 DEGREES SET
IN 1997 WAS SHATTERED WHEN . . . AT 45 MINUTES AFTER 3 PM…THE MERCURY IN
OUR THERMOMETER SHOT UP TO 90 DEGREES. AFTER A BRIEF DIP BACK INTO THE
UPPER 80S . . . THE MERCURY AGAIN REGISTERED 90 DEGREES AT 15 MINUTES
BEFORE 6 PM.
THIS ALSO CRUSHED THE ALL-TIME RECORD HIGH TEMPERATURE FOR ANY DAY OF
THE YEAR . . . AND FOR THE MONTH OF JUNE . . . WHICH WAS 87 DEGREES AND
WAS ACHIEVED TWICE . . . ON BOTH THE 25TH AND THE 26TH OF JUNE IN 1953.
A LOCAL WEATHER SPOTTER IN TOWN RECORDED A HIGH TEMPERATURE OF 87
DEGREES NEAR THE HOSPITAL DURING THE MID-AFTERNOON HOURS TODAY AS WELL.
Oh, forget about it. Don't worry, be happy. This whole global warming thing is all a hoax perpetrated by those thousands of scientists chasing their damned five-figure incomes. :)
This is a repost of an
August 2012 article
I saw on the news this morning that the flooding in southern Alberta is worse than their last '100-year-sotrm' back in 2005, Mound. I guess the right-wing spin cycle will be moving into overdrive soon.
Here's another link, Drew, from SF Gate, 21 June, 2013, which would be - today
Actually, I don't know how many times I heard "I wonder what's causing all the flooding and why the weather is the way it is?" while having a coffee in a cafe here in Alberta this morning. I wanted to ask everyone of them if they were dumb. Even CBC Calgary will not mention those two little words "Global Warming". Even people in Mexico acknowledge Climate Change. Hypothetical...I wonder what it will take for people to wake up.
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