New Polar Push & Bounce Back -Trends at the Extremes

This blog is about the Arctic,Antarctica and Extreme Northern/Southern Hemispheres.  Are New Trends happening at the Poles? Weather Patterns, Charts, Images and Unusual Anomalies may be telling us something!

According to the Zetas,  the Wobble Effect has now combined with a new Polar Push!!  

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http://poleshift.ning.com/forum/topics/zetatalk-chat-for-november-2...

Both poles the sea ice loss is off the charts this month!  Seems something has changed?
[and from another]
Is it related to the warming of the oceans from the bottom and the wobble? Where will this lead?
[and from another]
https://www.wunderground.com/blog/JeffMasters/crazy-cryosphere-reco...
Sea ice extent and area have both plummeted to record lows for this time of year in both the Arctic and Antarctic. Such dramatic losses rarely occur at the same time, which means that the global total of sea ice coverage is phenomenally low for this time of year. The weirdness extends to midlatitudes: North America as well as the Arctic have been bathed in unusual mildness over the last several weeks, while Eurasia deals with a vast zone of above-average snowfall and below-average temperatures.
[and from another]
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/nov/22/extraordinarily...



SOZT
It is clear from the charts that the Earth wobble has increased. First, despite Siberia being on the same latitude with Eastern Canada and Europe, there are vast temperature differences. The globe around the Arctic seems to be divided in half in this way at the current time. Just months ago, in July,
http://www.zetatalk.com/ning/23jy2016.htm
we stated that the hot and cold regions in the Northern Hemisphere were divided into four parts, due to the Polar Push and Bounce Back, and the lean to the Left and Right. Now the increased wobble has created a duality, not the quadrant arrangement of the Figure 8 that had been present since 2004.  

The Polar Push wherein the N Pole of Earth is shoved away from the approaching N Pole of Nibiru continues to create cold temperatures in Siberia, where the magnetic N Pole of Earth currently resides. This has also warmed Antarctica, which is getting more sunlight.  The Bounce Back is more fierce, so that Europe and eastern N America are also getting more sunlight, and thus the melting Arctic. What is missing is the temperature anomalies due to the tilt to the Left and Right. They have been lost in the more aggressive back and forth motion of the Polar Push and Bounce Back.  
EOZT

Prior ZT: http://www.zetatalk.com/ning/23jy2016.htm
The weather maps continue to document the daily Earth wobble, showing abnormal heat over the N American southwest and up into Alaska, and abnormal heat through Europe. Both these regions come under more equatorial sun due to the wobble, due to the lean to the left and then to the right. This is distinctly balanced by cold spots in between. Canada’s eastern provinces and the region above Hudson Bay receive less sunlight due this tilt to one side and then the other. Russia’s Far East and the Siberian region above China of course are pushed into the cold by the daily Polar Push, when the N Pole of Nibiru shoves the Earth magnetic N Pole away.

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The Polar Push Effect:

http://zetatalk.com/index/zeta103.htm

 

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Ecliptic Rise

http://www.zetatalk.com/index/earthtil.htm

Planet X approaches from the south, and the Pole Shift occurs because the S. Pole is pulled north with the N. Pole of Planet X during the passage. This stress is already evident in that many have noted that the Sun is too far south, rising too far to the south, for the time of year. Possible explanations for this are that the S. Pole has been pulled toward Planet X, creating a different tilt, but the constellations seem to be in their proper place. An alternate explanation is that the Earth's plane of the Ecliptic has changed, rising up, putting the Northern Hemisphere into a different slant, and placing the S. Pole more in line with the N. Pole of Planet X, an alignment Magnets Prefer.    

Natives to the Arctic,  the Inuit years ago already noticed many changes:

Uqalurait: the Snow is Speaking
November 23, 2009
http://www.isuma.tv/hi/en/inuit-knowledge-and-climate-change/uqalur...

An Igloolik elder, describes that uqalurait are changing because the earth itself has "tilted" and has thrown off the consistent wind patterns of the past. The earth tilting on its axis is another re-occuring observation that we are hearing from Inuit, which they know because of how the sun, moon and stars have changed in the sky. Indeed, elders simultaneously know the complexities of the cosmos, land, wind and sky.

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Both Poles are affected!

https://www.wunderground.com/blog/JeffMasters/crazy-cryosphere-reco...

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The Zetas describe the Final Days of the Wobble:

http://www.zetatalk.com/index/zeta582.htm

During the last weeks, the Earth changes from being in an end-to-end alignment with Planet X to being in a side-by-side alignment. It is during the end-to-end alignment, when Planet X is pointing its N Pole directly at the Earth, that the lean to the left and 3 days of darkness occur. But as Planet X continues in its retrograde orbit, its N Pole is no longer coming from the right, but is located to the left of the Earth, and the Earth adjusts by slinging its N Pole to the right. Thus, during the 6 days of sunrise west, the Earth still has its N Pole tipped away from the Sun and the approaching Planet X, but rather than a lean to the left, it has a lean to the right.
 
It is at this point that the Earth switches from being in an end-to-end alignment to being in a side-by-side alignment with Planet X. When Planet X is just at the Ecliptic, it stands upright in alignment with the Sun. As it switches from pointing its N Pole at Earth the Earth follows suit.
ZetaTalk: September 12, 2009

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Comment by Stanislav on March 2, 2017 at 9:22pm

Antarctic Sea Ice Has Hit Its All-Time Low

Sea ice floating near the coast of West Antarctica as seen from a window of a NASA airplane in October. Mario Tama / Getty Images

2 March, 2017. It’s summer in Antarctica. But the reason behind the record drop in sea ice isn’t as simple as you might think.

In 38 years of satellite observations, climate scientists have never seen so little sea ice surrounding Antarctica as they do right now.
Only about 818,000 square miles of the ocean around Antarctica was frozen over with sea ice on March 1, according to data analyzed and published by the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC).

And another loss of #Antarctic sea ice extent - preliminary new (daily) all-time record low today. Seems like it will be a late-min. Source: twitter.com/ZLabe

Not only is that a record low of this time of year, but it is an all-time minimum for any day in the history of satellite observation of sea ice there.

Current year’s sea ice extent (NSIDC, DMSP SSM/I-SSMIS F-18) in addition to climatology (yellow, 1981-2010) and 2 standard deviations from the mean (updated 2/27/2016). Source: By Zachary Michael Labe. Link

Because summer still has a few more weeks left in the Southern Hemisphere, that sea ice could shrink even more.
“We have still not bottomed out,” Mark Serreze, director of NSIDC, told BuzzFeed News. “This minimum could occur any day now. But it will definitely be a record.”

The history of sea ice extent in the Antarctic, with the light blue line representing ice in 2017. NSIDC / Via nsidc.org

An added bit of drama for Antarctica comes over the fate of the Larsen C Ice Shelf, a Delaware-sized slab of glacial ice rifting away from the Antarctic Peninsula. The 70 mile rift is more than a third of a mile deep and more than 300 feet wide.
Glaciologists have given the ice shelf weeks to months to calve, creating a massive iceberg. Its collapse will not raise sea levels, as the shelf is already floating. The 2002 collapse of the related Larsen B shelf played out over six weeks.

Animation shows daily Arctic sea ice extents for 2007, 2012, and 2016. The decadal averages are also included for the 1980s, 1990s, and 2000s. Plot updated through 2/27/2017. Source: By Zachary Michael Labe. Link

Latest Arctic sea ice extent (JAXA AMSR2) updated through 2/27/2017. Source: By Zachary Michael Labe. Link

Current year’s sea ice extent (NSIDC, DMSP SSM/I-SSMIS F-18) in addition to climatology (yellow, 1981-2010) and 2 standard deviations from the mean. Sea ice extent for 2016 is also plotted (updated 2/27/2017). Source: By Zachary Michael Labe. Link

A look at the cumulative change in Arctic sea ice extent for February (JAXA AMSR2). Updated through 2/27/2017. Source: By Zachary Michael Labe. Link

Latest daily Arctic sea ice extent (JAXA AMSR2) for 2017. Mean sea ice extents from the 1980s, 1990s, and 2000s are also shown by the dashed lines. Yearly maximum extents (2003-2016) are shown by the scatter points with color in reference to the magnitude. Updated 2/27/2017. Source: By Zachary Michael Labe. Link

Current Arctic sea ice extents (JAXA AMSR2) from 2003-present. Color bars are red when 2017 has dropped below the prior year. Updated through 2/27/2017. Source: By Zachary Michael Labe. Link

Over the past several months, the Arctic Ocean on the opposite side of the world has also seen record-low sea ice — a new nadir in a decades-long decline that, climate scientists say, is one of the many fingerprints of humans’ hand in warming Earth’s atmosphere and oceans through the burning of fossil fuels.
But the influence of the release of heat-trapping gases is much less clear with sea ice around the South Pole. The overall extent of Antarctic sea ice has bucked the predictions of climate models, which say frozen continent’s sea ice should be shrinking. In reality, the trend since 1979 has been one of slight, if highly variable, increase.
That variability is born out by the fact that only three years ago, in 2014, Antarctic sea ice set a record high.
The extent of Antarctic sea ice appears to be more sensitive to seasonal weather rather than long-term warming, as is the case in the Arctic.

Trends in sea ice thickness/volume are another important indicator of Arctic climate change. While sea ice thickness observations are sparse, here we utilize the ocean and sea ice model, PIOMAS (Zhang and Rothrock, 2003), to visualize January sea ice thickness and volume from 1979 to 2017. Source: By Zachary Michael Labe. Link

Current simulated (PIOMAS; Zhang and Rothrock, 2003) sea ice thickness and anomalies (1981-2010) updated through January 2017. Source: By Zachary Michael Labe. Link

Latest PIOMAS (model; Zhang and Rothrock, 2003) sea ice volume (SIV) across the Arctic (updated for January 2017). Source: By Zachary Michael Labe. Link

Latest PIOMAS (model, Zhang and Rothrock, 2003) sea ice volume (SIV) across the Arctic (updated through January 2017). Source: By Zachary Michael Labe. Link

Trends in sea ice thickness are another important indicator of Arctic climate change. While sea ice thickness observations are sparse, here we utilize the ocean and sea ice model, PIOMAS (Zhang and Rothrock, 2003), to visualize mean sea ice thickness from 1979 to 2017. Source: By Zachary Michael Labe. Link

“Unlike the Arctic, most sea ice around Antarctica is first-year ice,” Zachary Labe, a Ph.D. student in climate science at the University of California, Irvine, “meaning most of it melts during the warm season and then reforms during the cold/freeze season.”
Winds, for example, play a larger role in determining Antarctic sea ice extent, not only by bringing in warm air to melt ice but, more importantly, by jostling the ice loose, exposing more of the unfrozen ocean.

A natural climate pattern seemingly unrelated to human activity, called the Interdecadal Pacific Oscillation, may have helped the Antarctic keep sea ice for longer than computer simulations of human-induced warming would suggest, Serreze said.
That oscillation refers to the sloshing of warmth from the northern Pacific Ocean to the southern Pacific, and back, over a cycle that takes anywhere from 15 to 30 years. Colder conditions in the ocean’s southern waters have encouraged sea ice growth.
“It’s a bit of a puzzle here,” Serreze said. “We’re trying to catch up with this.”
The question now for climate scientists is determining whether this new record low is the beginning of the effect of man-made climate change finally swaying of Antarctic sea ice.
“We’re still not quite sure,” Serreze said. Source: buzzfeed.com

Comment by Stanislav on March 2, 2017 at 9:10pm

Antarctic ice has set an unexpected record, and scientists are struggling to figure out why

1 March, 2017. There’s no mistaking it now. Even though we don’t have the final numbers, it is abundantly clear that the sea ice ringing the Antarctic continent has fallen precipitously — reaching a record low just a few short years after it reached a record high.

2016 was a particularly bad year for #Arctic sea ice... decrease in ice extent over time in every month. Source: twitter.com/MetmanJames

In 38 years of records dating back to 1979, the sea ice lows seen as of the end of February 2017 — a time of year when ice in the Antarctic is at its annual minimum — are unprecedented. The area of ocean covered by sea ice still appears to be shrinking, but as of Feb. 28, there were just 2.131 million square kilometers of floating ice surrounding Antarctica, according to near-real time data provided by the National Snow and Ice Data Center.

That’s much less than the prior low of 2.29 million square kilometers on Feb. 27, 1997. The difference — about 159,000 square kilometers, or 61,390 square miles — amounts to an area nearly as large as Florida.

Source: Mean surface air temperature north of 66N (Arctic Circle) over 1948-2016 (Jan-December). Temperature reanalysis using NCEP/NCAR. (Updated 1/3/17). Source: By Zachary Michael Labe. Link

Here’s what 2017 (the light blue line) looks like when you compare it with the other four lowest years in the record (1984, 1993, 1997 and 2011), based on the helpful “Charctic” tool offered by the National Snow and Ice Data Center:

The black line is the median ice extent from 1981 to 2010. (National Snow and Ice Data Center)

The data here are reported as a five-day average and should not be considered final — there could still be adjustments. And the ice could go lower before it rebounds as colder temperatures begin to return to the Antarctic. Still, the margin is large enough that a record is unavoidable, says Mark Serreze, director of the National Snow and Ice Data Center, although he said his group will wait to call one formally until they’re sure an annual minimum has been reached and the ice is growing again.

Source: nsidc.org

“It’s going to be a record low minimum no matter what happens right now, it’s just a matter of, how low do we go,” Serreze said Monday. “It could be any day now.” (The ice is even lower now than it was when we spoke.)

Animation shows daily Arctic sea ice extents for 2007, 2012, and 2016. The decadal averages are also included for the 1980s, 1990s, and 2000s. Plot updated through 2/27/2017. By Zachary Michael Labe. Link

Far more difficult than pinpointing the actual ice extent is the question of why this is happening. The simple fact that the previous record low was in 1997, 20 years ago, “really goes to show you how variable the system is down there,” Serreze said. Indeed, the overall Antarctic sea ice trend, bucking climate change expectations, has been a slight increase over time, rather than a shrinkage.

Latest Arctic sea ice extent (JAXA AMSR2) updated through 2/27/2017. By Zachary Michael Labe. Link

All of that said, 2017 is a year that looks like what we ought to expect on a warming planet based on climate models, said Cecilia Bitz, an expert on sea ice at the University of Washington in Seattle. The confusing thing, she continued, is that other recent years have not matched the expectations created by those models at all. As mentioned earlier, before this most recent crash, Antarctic sea ice reached a record high in October 2014.

Source: climate.gov

This is one reason that, until recently, climate change skeptics loved to point to Antarctic sea ice behavior to justify their rejection of mainstream climate science — something I highlighted two weeks ago when the current Antarctic record was already beginning to emerge.

(Cecilia Bitz, University of Washington)

The story for Antarctic ice this year, Bitz said, can’t be understood unless we look back to September and October, when ice levels were relatively normal but suddenly plunged. It was the loss then that exposed the ocean to 24-hour sunlight in the austral summer, helped it warm up and ultimately set in motion the record we’re now seeing. “We went from really typical conditions to record low in a two-month period, so I think that’s when we should be focusing,” Bitz said of the months in late 2016.

Source: cci-reanalyzer.org

Here’s a figure she provided, showing that Antarctic ice extent looked fairly normal throughout much of 2016, but then steeply plummeted at the end of the year, with particularly anomalous low levels of ice in November and December: The cause at that time, Bitz said, was an incursion of warm air from the north into multiple parts of the Antarctic. What drove down the warm air, though, is another matter

This graphic depicts the record low winter sea-ice extent in 2016-2017 (blue), compared with the previous record set in 2011-2012 (dotted line) and the 1981-2010 average (gray line). The light gray bar captures 95 percent of the observed natural range of variability from the average during that period. (National Snow and Ice Data Center). Source: noaa.gov

“I think it’s a mystery,” Bitzsaid. One leading idea to explain what’s happening with Antarctic sea ice, advanced in a paper by Bitz and Gerald Meehl of the National Center for Atmospheric Research (and several colleagues), targets changes in the Pacific Ocean to explain the unexpected expansion of Antarctic sea ice between 2000 and 2014 — a trend that ran contrary to climate model projections.

This study suggests the expansion was a fluke of natural variability in the world’s largest ocean, which changed the atmosphere in ways that affected winds all the way down in the Antarctica (if winds blow floating sea ice outward from the continent, more ice can then fill the empty space, and Antarctic ice as a whole expands). But Meehl has cautioned that the cycle in question, the Interdecadal Pacific Oscillation, plays out over decades, making it hard to be sure yet whether a turn in this cycle will correspond to Antarctic ice shrinkage. Bitz, too, said she is cautious for now about seizing on this explanation, noting that the sharp loss in Antarctic ice lagged behind a positive peak in the IPO by six to nine months, raising doubts about the connection. But you can bet that scientists are going to spend plenty of time trying to take this question apart — and that the analysis has just begun. Source: washingtonpost.com

Comment by Stanislav on February 16, 2017 at 6:51pm

Antarctic sea ice hits record low early data shows

Sea ice extent shrunk to 2.287 million square kilometres

15 February, 2017. Sea ice around Antarctica has shrunk to the smallest annual extent on record after years of resisting a trend of man-made global warming, preliminary U.S. satellite data showed on Tuesday.

Sea ice in Antarctica has reached a record low, beating out the last record set in 1997. (NASA/Associated Press)

Ice floating around the frozen continent usually melts to its smallest for the year around the end of February, the southern hemisphere summer, before expanding again as the autumn chill sets in.

Source: polarportal.dk

This year, sea ice extent contracted to 2.287 million square kilometres on Feb. 13, according to daily data from the U.S. National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC).

That extent is a fraction smaller than a previous low of 2.290 million square kilometres recorded on Feb. 27, 1997, in satellite records dating back to 1979. Mark Serreze, director of the NSIDC, said he would wait for a few days' more measurements to confirm the record low. "But unless something funny happens, we're looking at a record minimum in Antarctica. Some people say it's already happened," he told Reuters. "We tend to be conservative by looking at five-day running averages."

Source: twitter.com/ZLabe

In many recent years, the average extent of sea ice around Antarctica has tended to expand despite the overall trend of global warming, blamed on a build-up of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, mainly from burning fossil fuels. People sceptical of mainstream findings by climate scientists have often pointed to Antarctic sea ice as evidence against global warming. Some climate scientists have linked the paradoxical expansion to shifts in winds and ocean currents.

24 January, 2017

26 January, 2017

Pine Island Glacier has shed another block of ice into Antarctic waters. The loss was tiny compared to the icebergs that broke off in 2014 and 2015, but the event is further evidence of the ice shelf’s fragility.
Pine Island is one of the main glaciers responsible for moving ice from the interior of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet to the ocean. It already delivers plenty of ice to Pine Island Bay—about 79 cubic kilometers (19 cubic miles) of ice per year. But scientists watch this glacier closely because the evidence has been pointing to even faster loss of ice in the future. Such a retreat would lessen the shelf’s buttressing effect, allowing more inland ice to flow out to the ocean, where it ultimately melts and contributes to sea level rise.
The Operational Land Imager (OLI) on Landsat 8 captured these images of Pine Island Glacier’s floating edge before and after the recent break. The top image shows the area on January 24, 2017, while the second image shows the same area on January 26. About a kilometer or two of ice appears to have calved (broken off) from the shelf’s front.

The animation above shows a wider view of the area. The sequence, composed from images acquired January 25–29 by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite, shows the berg when it first broke and then as it drifts in the bay. According to Ian Howat, a glaciologist at Ohio State University, the event was about 10 times smaller than in July 2015, when a 30-kilometer-long (20-mile) rift developed below the ice surface, then broke through and calved an iceberg spanning 583 square kilometers (225 square miles).
“I think this event is the calving equivalent of an ‘aftershock’ following the much bigger event,” Howat said. “Apparently, there are weaknesses in the ice shelf—just inland of the rift that caused the 2015 calving—that are resulting in these smaller breaks.”
Although not visible in these images, more small rifts persist on Pine Island about 10 kilometers (6 miles) from the ice front. One such rift was photographed on November 4, 2016, during a flight of NASA’s Operation IceBridge—an airborne science mission that makes annual flights over this area. Other rifts are less visible at the surface because they are growing upward from the basal (bottom) side of the shelf. Scientists expect that these rifts will result in more calving in the near future.
“Such ‘rapid fire’ calving does appear to be unusual for this glacier,” Howat said. But the phenomenon “fits into the larger picture of basal crevasses in the center of the ice shelf being eroded by warm ocean water, causing the ice shelf to break from the inside out.”

References and Related Reading

NASA Earth Observatory images by Jesse Allen, using Landsat data from the U.S. Geological Survey and MODIS data from the Level 1 and Atmospheres Active Distribution System (LAADS). Caption by Kathryn Hansen.

Source: earthobservatory.nasa.gov

"We've always thought of the Antarctic as the sleeping elephant starting to stir. Well, maybe it's starting to stir now," Serreze said.

World average temperatures climbed to a record high in 2016 for the third year in a row. Climate scientists say warming is causing more extreme days of heat, downpours and is nudging up global sea levels. At the other end of the planet, ice covering the Arctic Ocean has set repeated lows in recent years. In the northern winter, sea ice is growing in winter and is at the smallest extent for mid-February, at 13.927 million square kilometres. Combined, the extent of sea ice at both ends of the planet is about two million square kilometres less than the 1981-2010 averages for mid-February, roughly the size of Mexico or Saudi Arabia. Source: cbc.ca

Comment by Stanislav on February 11, 2017 at 8:07pm

The big melt: Global sea ice at record low

#Arctic sea ice extent for January 2017 was the lowest January in the 38-yr satellite record. Source: twitter.com/NSIDC

There is now less sea ice on Earth than at any time on record. Ice in the Arctic and Antarctic melted to record low levels in January, scientists reported this week.

Trends in sea ice thickness/volume are another important indicator of Arctic climate change. While sea ice thickness observations are sparse, here we utilize the ocean and sea ice model, PIOMAS (Zhang and Rothrock, 2003), to visualize January sea ice thickness and volume from 1979 to 2017.

Graphic: Zachary Labe (@Zlabe). Source: sites.uci.edu

Sea ice is frozen ocean water that melts during the summer and refreezes in winter. It floats on top of the ocean.

Trends in sea ice thickness are another important indicator of Arctic climate change. While sea ice thickness observations are sparse, here we utilize the ocean and sea ice model, PIOMAS (Zhang and Rothrock, 2003), to visualize mean sea ice thickness from 1979 to 2017.

Graphic: Zachary Labe (@Zlabe). Source: sites.uci.edu

Arctic sea ice this January averaged 5.17 million square miles, the lowest for the month in the 38-year sea ice record, the National Snow and Ice Data Center said.

That is 100,000 square miles less than the previous January record low set just last year.

Sea ice extent in the Southern Hemisphere also tracked at record low levels for January 2017. #Antarctica. Source: twitter.com/NSIDC

January air temperatures climbed above average over nearly all of the Arctic Ocean, NASA said, continuing a pattern that started in fall. In some parts of the Arctic, temperatures reached a whopping 9 degrees above average for the month.

Latest PIOMAS (model, Zhang and Rothrock, 2003) sea ice volume (SIV) across the Arctic (updated through January 2017).

Graphic: Zachary Labe (@Zlabe). Source: sites.uci.edu

At the bottom of the world, sea ice is also at all-time record low levels around Antarctica, the data center said. The lack of ice in the Antarctic, where it is currently summer, is most pronounced in the Amundsen Sea, where only a few scattered patches of ice remain.

Arctic sea ice extent for Jan 2017 was 1.26M sq km below the long-term average. Source: twitter.com/NSIDC

Sea ice in the Arctic affects wildlife such as polar bears, seals and walruses. It also helps regulate the planet’s temperature by influencing the circulation of the atmosphere and ocean. It can affect weather in the U.S.

Current simulated (PIOMAS; Zhang and Rothrock, 2003) sea ice thickness and anomalies (1981-2010) updated through January 2017.

Graphic: Zachary Labe (@Zlabe). Source: sites.uci.edu

Latest PIOMAS (model; Zhang and Rothrock, 2003) sea ice volume (SIV) across the Arctic (updated for January 2017).

Graphic: Zachary Labe (@Zlabe). Source: sites.uci.edu

The amount of summer sea ice in the Arctic has steadily declined over the past few decades because of man-made global warming, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

"Greenhouse gases emitted through human activities and the resulting increase in global mean temperatures are the most likely underlying cause of the sea ice decline," the snow and ice data center said. Sea ice thickness also substantially declined in the latter half of the 20th century, the snow and ice data center said.

Antarctic ice fluctuates wildly year to year, and the link to man-made global warming there is not clear, NASA ice expert Walt Meier said. Using paleoclimatic data, studies suggest sea ice is shrinking to levels not seen in thousands of years. Source: usatoday.com

Comment by Stanislav on February 9, 2017 at 10:03am

A crack in Antarctica's Larsen Ice Shelf has grown 17 miles in the last two months

Source: earthobservatory.nasa.gov acquired January 6 - 8, 2016

8 February, 2017. A crack that appeared in the icy continent of Antarctica has extended 17 miles further in the last 60 odd days or so. The scientists say that it will create the biggest iceberg ever seen on the planet.

Source: huffingtonpost.co.uk; European Space Agency

A crack in an ice shelf of Antarctica is advancing at a brisk pace. This chasm has begun widening in a locus that is known for its warm temperatures. Since December 2016, the crack has lengthened by 17 miles thereby adding to the fears of the scientists. It looks like it will cause a large piece of ice to detach itself from the continent and float out to sea.

Source: earthobservatory.nasa.gov acquired January 6, 2016

Termed Larsen C, this crack is 100 miles in its length. Some parts of it are as wide as two miles. As for the edge of this ice shelf, it is just 20 miles short of reaching the other end. Once the piece of ice detaches itself from the mainland, it will go on to form the largest iceberg ever recorded in history. Project Midas consists of a group of scientists that have been tracking this ever-increasing abyss since two years back.

Source: catholic.org

The stresses and strains on this piece of land are enormous and couple that with global warming and you get the picture of how it is ready to float away from Antarctica, according to NYTimes.

Source: earthobservatory.nasa.gov acquired February 11, 2016

The breakage will occur soon if things continue in their present pace. Within the next few months, the rift will take place. Now this crack has shifted its focus from a region of soft ice to one of different geological status.

A time lapse photography and model shows the rift increase in its width from 2014 to 2017. It is indeed an object lesson in how certain inherent forces act on the earth and change it over the course of time.

Ice shelves undergo formation via glaciers. When they break down, the glaciers find a way to the oceanic waters. The high temperatures have a role to play in all this. Radical changes in the Antarctic continent are most likely to take place no matter what steps are taken by humanity. It is a case of too little, too late. The threat to the ice shelf as the ice gets thinner and thinner is very real. It is all just a matter time before the detachment process takes place. Then a huge lump in the shape of an iceberg will float out into the sea thereby adding to the maritime dangers faced by humanity. Source: i4u.com

Comment by SongStar101 on February 8, 2017 at 9:20pm

‘Beyond the extreme’: Scientists marvel at ‘increasingly non-natural’ Arctic warmth

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/capital-weather-gang/wp/2017/02...

The Arctic is so warm and has been this warm for so long that scientists are struggling to explain it and are in disbelief. The climate of the Arctic is known to oscillate wildly, but scientists say this warmth is so extreme that humans surely have their hands in it and may well be changing how it operates.

Temperatures are far warmer than ever observed in modern records, and sea ice extent keeps setting record lows.

2016 was the warmest year on record in the Arctic, and 2017 has picked up right where it left off. “Arctic extreme (relative) warmth continues,” Ryan Maue, a meteorologist with WeatherBell Analytics, tweeted on W..., referring to January’s temperatures.

Veteran Arctic climate scientists are stunned.

“[A]fter studying the Arctic and its climate for three and a half decades, I have concluded that what has happened over the last year goes beyond even the extreme,” wrote Mark Serreze, director of the National Snow and Ice Data Center in Boulder, Colo., in an essay for Earth magazine.

At the North Pole, the mercury has rocketed to near the melting point twice since November, and another huge flux of warmth is projected by models next week. Their simulations predict some places in the high Arctic will rise over 50 degrees above normal.

One chart, in particular, is a jaw-dropping and emblematic display of the intensity and duration of the Arctic warmth. It illustrates the difference from normal in the number of “freezing degree days,” a measure of the accumulated cold since September.

Averaged over the Arctic north of 80 degrees, this chart displays the difference from normal in the cumulative number of freezing degree days September to January. Freezing degree days accumulate according to the number of degrees Celsius below freezing. Minus-5 Celsius would represent five freezing degree days. (Nico Sun)

The number of freezing degree days is far lower than any other period on record. Eric Holthaus, a meteorologist and science writer who first posted the chart to Twitter, remarked it illustrated a “stunning lack of freezing power” over the Arctic. “This is happening now,” he added. “Not in 50 or 100 years — now.”

The chart was created by Nico Sun, a citizen scientist, using temperature data from the high Arctic, north of 80 degrees latitude, furnished by the Danish Meteorological Institute.

Because data is sparse in this region, David Titley, a professor of meteorology at Penn State and Arctic climate expert, suggested “a little” caution in interpreting the chart but said he considers it “basically right” given other data. “This is another ‘smoking gun’ pointing to rapid climate change,” he said.

Jason Furtado, a professor of meteorology at the University of Oklahoma, called the chart an “incredible” depiction of the Arctic warmth. “While the magnitude of the Arctic warmth is extraordinary in and of itself, the duration of the warmth has been astounding,” he said.

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What happens next in the Arctic is anyone’s guess. But Penn State’s Titley, who said we are “headed into a new unknown” is concerned: “Science is still trying to figure out the details. We do know that 2017 will almost certainly start with the weakest, thinnest, smallest arctic ice pack in recorded history. So we are one step closer to living with an ice-free arctic in the summer, and probably sooner than we think.”

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on January 21, 2017 at 4:20am

http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/wireStory/uk-close-halley-research...

UK to Close Halley Research Station in Antarctica for Winter

Comment by SongStar101 on January 21, 2017 at 3:43am

Huge crack in Antarctic ice shelf grows by 6 more miles

http://www.usatoday.com/story/weather/2017/01/20/antarctic-ice-shel...

A crack in an ice shelf in Antarctica grew by six miles in the past few weeks, British scientists say, and now measures more than 100 miles long.

Once the crack is complete, a giant iceberg larger than Rhode Island will break or "calve" off of Antarctica. The iceberg would be one of the biggest on record.

The break "will fundamentally change the landscape of the Antarctic Peninsula," according to Project MIDAS, a British Antarctic research project that's tracking the crack.

Only a final 12 miles of ice now connects the future iceberg to its parent ice shelf.

Ice shelves are permanent floating sheets of ice that connect to a land mass, according to the National Snow and Ice Data Center.

Comment by SongStar101 on January 19, 2017 at 8:50am
Comment by Stanislav on January 7, 2017 at 10:18am

Giant Crack in Antarctic Ice Creating Giant Iceberg

Aerial view of the crack in the Larsen C Ice Shelf from December

6 January, 2017. Researchers are closely watching part of a giant shelf of ice in Antarctica that could soon become an iceberg.

It's part of the Larsen Ice Shelf which floats off the coast of Northwestern Antarctica.

Growing, Growing, Gone!

Scientists who study the ice-covered continent have been watching the Larsen Ice Shelf for nearly a decade.

Martin O'Leary is a Research Officer at Swansea University and a member of Project MIDAS, a U.K.-based Antarctic research project. He tells VOA "we've been monitoring this crack since around 2010, when it started to become significantly larger than the surrounding cracks. It's been of particular interest since around 2014, when it became clear that the berg was going to be a large one."

By "large one," O'Leary means a chunk of ice that represents between 9 and 12 percent of the entire country-sized shelf.

But in just the past few months, the rift has been growing quickly, an estimated 18 kilometers just during the month of December.

Today, a strip of ice about 20 kilometers long is the only thing holding an iceberg O'Leary says is now "around 5,000 sq km" (about half the size of Lebanon) onto the Antarctic mainland.

What is an ice shelf?

Larsen C is called an ice shelf because, while it is still attached to the land, it is already floating out at sea. The Larsen Ice Shelf is actually a series of three interconnected shelves, that grew out from the Antarctic Mainland over tens of thousands of years.

Larsen A, the most northern of the three segments, and the smallest, broke free from the mainland in 1995.

The larger Larsen B Ice Shelf, an estimated 3,200 square kilometers of ice, averaging a thickness of 220 meters, disintegrated into the sea in 2002.

This Nov. 10, 2016 aerial photo released by NASA, shows a rift in the Antarctic Peninsula's Larsen C ice shelf. According to NASA, IceBridge scientists measured the Larsen C fracture to be about 70 miles long, more than 300 feet wide and about a third of a mile deep.

And now Larsen C, larger still, with an ice thickness averaging 350 meters, looks to lose the next big chunk of the ice shelf. Adrian Luckman, another member of the MIDAS team, told the International Business Times, "If it doesn't go in the next few months, I'll be amazed…it's so close to calving that I think it's inevitable."

What happens if it goes?

If that huge chunk does separate from Larsen C, what does it mean for ocean levels around the world? Luckily - not much. The shelf is already displacing a lot of water because it's already floating on the ocean.

Scientists are classifying the calving as a geographic event, as opposed to a climate event. It is something that will change the Antarctic landscape and is not necessarily a result of climate change.

O'Leary backs that up, saying this event "...is a natural process which occurs once every few decades [(the last major event on Larsen C was in the mid-80s]."

Of greater concern is what this suggests for the future of Larsen C.

"The removal of a large chunk of ice," O'Leary says, "may make the ice shelf more vulnerable to the effects of climate change in the future."

In other words, the loss of ice may make Larsen C a bit more unstable, and more prone to more calving events like this one, and eventually to the collapse of the whole shelf.

There's not enough information to predict if or when that might happen, but if it does, it's possible that the ice which the Larsen shelf holds on the land could start sliding into the sea.

Predictions suggest that could raise world sea levels by as much as 10 centimeters. Source: voanews.com

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