Wednesday, August 05, 2015

Global Sea Ice Extent Currently 3rd-lowest

Global sea ice extent for August 4th, from 1979-2015.

This is a little surprising, because historically global sea ice extent is quite high, on an annualized basis:

and it's mostly because Antarctic sea ice extent is taking a little hiatus this winter:

At the moment, Arctic SIE is 3.9% below last year's extent, and Antarctic SIE is 6.4% lower.

Data from NOAA: Arctic SIE, Antarctic SIE

1 comment:

Harry Twinotter said...

I had noticed that. There appears to be a shift in where the sea ice extent is growing in Antarctica. Some knock-on effect from the El Nino perhaps?