Arctic sea ice is rising again so winter is coming

- On September 10th, Arctic sea ice extent hit its lowest point of the year at 1.6 million square miles.  This ties as the second lowest ice extent since satellite records began in 1979.  Now the ice is reforming as fall really takes hold in the Arctic region, leaves change colors, temperatures fall, and winter is on the doorstep.

Summertime weather has a big impact on total sea ice extent in the North Pole.  Generally, cool and cloudy conditions with rain and/or snow showers keeps the total extent at a higher than average number.  But despite those exact conditions in the summer of 2016, sea ice was lost at a near record pace.  Right now, scientists have little in the way of evidence to explain why this occurred.  One theory is that several late August and early September storms may be to blame.  Strong storms in the arctic stir up the ocean, which allows warmer waters to mix with the sea ice and generates higher than normal melting.

The image above is a look at the graph representing the total sea ice extent and the areal coverage.  As you can see, it has bottomed out now and should start to rise rather quickly.  Thankfully, the total ice extent is about a hundred thousand square miles higher than the 2012 debacle…


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