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Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Antarctic Ice rising at near record levels per NSIDC

Antarctic Sea Ice has been above average in recent years, "even reaching near-record highs." NSIDC

12/5/11, "Arctic Sea Ice News and Analysis" NSIDC

Title: "December 5, 2011, Winter in the Arctic: Ice and storms"

Scroll down near bottom for 6th subhead:

"A look at Antarctica"

"Arctic Sea Ice News & Analysis generally focuses on sea ice conditions in the Arctic, since these conditions are closely tied to climate and weather in the Northern Hemisphere. A seasonal cover of sea ice

  • also surrounds the continent of Antarctica.

Since reaching its seasonal maximum in September, Antarctic sea ice has been near average in recent months. In November, Antarctic extent was 16.15 million square kilometers (6.24 million square miles), 87,000 square kilometers (33,600 square miles) less than the 1979 to 2000 average. In recent years, the sea ice cover that surrounds the Antarctic continent

  • has been higher than average,

Antarctic sea ice varies much more from year to year than Arctic sea ice, but overall, ice extent around Antarctica has been growing slightly over the past 30 years. The ice cover around Antarctica also varies widely by region, with some regions, for example the Amundsen and Bellingshausen seas, showing strong declines over the past three decades, while other regions such as the Ross Sea have seen significant increases. For more information on Antarctic sea ice, see All About Sea Ice: Antarctic vs. Arctic. Antarctic sea ice data are available from the Sea Ice Index."


Antarctic Sea Ice NSIDC, Dec. 5, 2011 chart. Chart is at end of page titled,
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NSIDC says both Arctic and Antarctic sea ice extents vary widely from year to year, that 1 million sq. km. change is not unusual:

"All About Sea Ice" NSIDC

"Characteristics: Arctic vs. Antarctic"

"Variations in extent" (6th subhead on page)

"Both Arctic and Antarctic sea ice extent are characterized by fairly large variations from year to year. The monthly average extent

  • can vary by as much as
  • from the year-to-year monthly average."
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As of 4/12/10, scientists had detected no global warming since 2003:

4/12/10, "Missing” Heat May Affect Future Climate Change," Newswise

"Trenberth and his co-author, NCAR scientist John Fasullo, focused on a central mystery of climate change. Whereas satellite instruments indicate that greenhouse gases are continuing to trap more solar energy, or heat, scientists since 2003 have been unable to determine where much of that heat is going....

The research was funded by the National Science Foundation, NCAR’s sponsor, and by NASA."...

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On 11/19/2009, Der Spiegel reported scientists had detected no global warming for 10 years.
11/19/2009, "Climatologists Baffled by Global Warming Time-Out," Der Spiegel, Gerald Traufetter

"Global warming appears to have stalled. Climatologists are puzzled as to why average global temperatures have stopped rising over the last 10 years. Some attribute the trend to a lack of sunspots, while others explain it through ocean currents....

"Just a few weeks ago, Britain's Hadley Centre for Climate Prediction and Research added more fuel to the fire with its latest calculations of global average temperatures. According to the Hadley figures, the world grew warmer by 0.07 degrees Celsius from 1999 to 2008 and not by the 0.2 degrees Celsius assumed by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. And, say the British experts, when their figure is adjusted for two naturally occurring climate phenomena, El Niño and La Niña, the resulting

The differences among individual regions of the world are considerable. In the Arctic, for example, temperatures rose by almost three degrees Celsius, which led to a dramatic melting of sea ice. At the same time, temperatures declined in large areas of North America, the western Pacific and the Arabian Peninsula. Europe, including Germany, remains slightly in positive warming territory."...

4/9/2010, "Inside the World’s Largest Fact Checking Operation," CJR, Craig Silverman

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7/27/11, "New NASA Data Blow Gaping Hole In Global Warming Alarmism," Forbes, James Taylor

"NASA satellite data from the years 2000 through 2011 show the Earth's atmosphere is allowing far more heat to be released into space than alarmist computer models have predicted, reports a new study in the peer-reviewed science journal Remote Sensing. The study indicates far less future global warming will occur than United Nations computer models have predicted, and supports prior studies indicating increases in atmospheric carbon dioxide trap far less heat than alarmists have claimed.

Study co-author Dr. Roy Spencer, a principal research scientist at the University of Alabama in Huntsville and U.S. Science Team Leader for the Advanced Microwave Scanning Radiometer flying on NASA's Aqua satellite, reports that real-world data from NASA's Terra satellite contradict

  • multiple assumptions fed into alarmist computer models.

"The satellite observations suggest there is much more energy lost to space during and after warming than the climate models show," Spencer said in a July 26 University of Alabama press release. "There is a huge discrepancy between the data and the forecasts that is especially big over the oceans."

In addition to finding that far less heat is being trapped than alarmist computer models have predicted, the NASA satellite data show the atmosphere begins shedding heat into space long before United Nations computer models predicted.

The new findings are extremely important and should dramatically alter the global warming debate....

The single most important issue in the global warming debate is whether carbon dioxide emissions will indirectly trap far more heat by causing large increases in atmospheric humidity and cirrus clouds. Alarmist computer models assume human carbon dioxide emissions indirectly cause substantial increases in atmospheric humidity and cirrus clouds (each of which are very effective at trapping heat), but real-world data have long shown that carbon dioxide emissions are not causing as much atmospheric humidity and cirrus clouds as the alarmist computer models have predicted.

The new NASA Terra satellite data are consistent with long-term NOAA and NASA data indicating atmospheric humidity and cirrus clouds are not increasing in the manner predicted by alarmist computer models. The Terra satellite data also support data collected by NASA's ERBS satellite showing far more longwave radiation (and thus, heat) escaped into space between 1985 and 1999 than alarmist computer models had predicted. Together, the NASA ERBS and Terra satellite data show that for 25 years and counting, carbon dioxide emissions have directly and indirectly trapped far less heat than alarmist computer models have predicted.

In short, the central premise of alarmist global warming theory is that carbon dioxide emissions should be directly and indirectly trapping a certain amount of heat in the earth's atmosphere and preventing it from escaping into space. Real-world measurements, however, show far less heat is being trapped in the earth's atmosphere than the alarmist computer models predict, and far more heat is escaping into space than the alarmist computer models predict.

When objective NASA satellite data, reported in a peer-reviewed scientific journal, show a "huge discrepancy" between alarmist climate models and real-world facts, climate scientists, the media and our elected officials would be wise to take notice. Whether or not they do so will tell us a great deal about

  • how honest the purveyors of global warming alarmism truly are."

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12/15/2010, "Deep ocean heat is rapidly melting Antarctic ice," Joe Romm, Think Progress

"Oceanographer at AGU: Western Antarctic Peninsula is seeing “the highest increase in temperatures of anywhere on Earth.”...

"“Eighty-seven percent of the alpine glaciers are in retreat,” said Martinson of the Western Antarctic Peninsula. “Some of the Adele penguin colonies have already gone extinct.”"...

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4/9/11, "German Researcher says Antarctic Ice Intact," suite101.com, Hubert Vaz

"Working on a year-long research project in a polar station in the Antarctica, Franzisca Nehring, feels global warming hasn't really affected the ice."...via Climate Depot

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Dialing for chump American taxpayer dollars.

4/29/10, "Antarctic Glaciers," Australia Broadcasting, Catalyst

"The seas are rising. How fast and how high they will go is the big unknown. But one thing is certain. What happens in Antarctica will be critical. Around 90 percent of the planet's snow and ice is found here. Is the sleeping giant stirring? ...

Dr James Hansen

"Antarctica was losing mass at about 75 cubic kilometres per year, well that's now doubled to about 150 cubic kilometres a year. So that's beginning to worry glaciologists."...





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