The Ice Man Cometh
Last winter a dire warning of death and destruction from global warming enthusiasts was carried far and wide by a panicked media. That being that all of the Arctic ice would melt during the summer of 2008. That didn't happen. In fact the Arctic ice right now covers more area than it did at this time last year. It is low in coverage but things are changing. For fascinating details, read this National Weather Service Sea Ice Advisory from Anchorage, Alaska. The last paragraph sums up the Advisory.
One event or one year in no way establishes a trend. But one would be wise to remember that the forces affecting our planet are powerful beyond belief. The Sun is just one. You know, it's that giant thermonuclear engine in the sky that so many think of as just our personal light bulb.
FZAK80 PAFC 222231
SEA ICE ADVISORY FOR WESTERN AND ARCTIC ALASKAN COASTAL WATERS
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ANCHORAGE ALASKA
230 PM AKDT MONDAY SEPTEMBER 22 2008
FORECAST VALID...SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 27 2008
SYNOPSIS...HIGH PRESSURE WILL BUILD OVER THE BEAUFORT SEA THROUGH
WEDNESDAY. A DEVELOPING ARCTIC LOW WILL DROP INTO THE CENTRAL
BEAUFORT SEA FRIDAY AND SATURDAY.
-ARCTIC OCEAN- -BEAUFORT SEA- -CHUKCHI SEA-
PKZ245-FLAXMAN ISLAND TO DEMARCATION POINT-
2 TO 4 TENTHS FIRST YEAR AND OLD ICE LIES BETWEEN 73N AND 74N FROM
163W TO 168W.
FORECAST THROUGH SATURDAY...MUCH COLDER AIR WILL SPREAD ACROSS THE
BEAUFORT SEA AFTER WEDNESDAY. NEW ICE WILL DEVELOP IN MUCH OF THE ICE
FREE WATERS BETWEEN 140W AND 155W WHERE SEA SURFACE TEMPERATURES ARE
1C OR LESS. ICE WILL DEVELOP ALONG THE ALASKA BARRIER ISLANDS ALONG
THE NORTHWEST AND NORTH COASTS NORTH OF 70N.
A NOTE ON THE ICE FORECAST...SEA SURFACE TEMPERATURES ALONG THE
ALASKA CHUKCHI AND BEAUFORT SEA COASTS ARE 2 TO 8 DEGREES CELSIUS
COLDER THIS YEAR THAN AT THE SAME TIME LAST YEAR. SEA ICE IN THESE
AREAS IS AT OR VERY NEAR THE SEASONAL MINIMUM. SIGNIFICANT ICE WILL
BEGIN DEVELOPING ALONG THE ALASKA COAST NORTH OF 70N WITHIN THE NEXT
10 TO 14 DAYS.
KCOLE SEPTEMBER 2008