Sunday, February 02, 2014

Arctic Ice Daily Rankings, for William

This is for William Connolley, who comments, "What someone should do (I vote for you) is to take, e.g., the IJIS sea ice...and draw a nice pic of "what rank does the current year have at each date". It wouldn't be science but it would be fun."

I didn't do it for every year, but here's a quick plot for 2012, 2013 and this year:

It would seem impossible to have predicted 2012's low rankings, even before the summer cyclone tore the ice up.


William Connolley said...

Thanks for that, I'm glad you did it. I like the way it illustrates that ice can go from "interesting" (as measured by its ranking) to "not". It also shows quite well that what happens up to ~spring doesn't really predict the summer.

David Sanger said...

As of February 11th 2014 the IJIS Arctic Sea Ice Extent is now at an all-time low for the date, 13,633,069 km2.

The previous low for the date was in 2011

David Appell said...

You're right, David -- thanks for pointing this out.