Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Arctic Sea Ice Minimum

Courtesy of NSIDC

The National Snow and Ice Data Center has called the 2012 summer Arctic Sea ice minimum as occurring this past Sunday, September 16, with a coverage of 3.41 million square kilometers. This is 18% lower than the 2007 minimum and barely half of the 1979-2000 average seasonal minimum. Note that NSIDC defines ice cover as a 15% coverage or more. It is going to be an interesting autumn, as this is a whole lot of open water way far north.

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