Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Reference: Arctic thaw threatens much of world, Bangkok Post, September 16, 2009
The unusually extensive summer melt of Arctic ice in 2007 had triggered forecasts of global warming doom that said that the ice would not fully recover with ensuing summer melts cutting deeper and deeper into the ice extent until the Arctic became ice free by 2030, 2050, or 2060 according to various forecasts. In the following two years, the Arctic ice summer melts and winter recoveries have been contrary to these assumptions. The Arctic ice extent did in fact fully recover from the 2007 melt, and the 2008 summer melt was less than that in 2007 not more, again with full recovery the following winter. This counter forecast trend continued in 2009 with a summer melt that is even less than the one in 2008. Clearly the the trend in the summer melt cycle of the Arctic is moving exactly in the opposite direction but the same forecast of diminishing Arctic ice is being sold to us over and over again (Arctic thaw threatens much of world, Bangkok Post, September 16, 2009). Interested parties may view the data for themselves by visiting the National Snow and Ice Data Center at nsidc.org.