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Arctic Sees Massive Gain in Ice Coverage
Increase twice the size of Germany: "Colder weather" to blame

                 (I'm not so sure that this article is correct. See below.)

3 Sep 08 - Data from the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) shows a dramatic increase in sea ice extent in the Arctic regions. The growth over the past year covers an area of 700,000 square kilometers: an amount twice the size the nation of Germany.

With the Arctic melting season over for 2008, ice cover will continue increasing until melting begins anew next spring.

The data is for August 2008 and indicates a total sea ice area of six million square kilometers. Ice extent for the same month in 2007 covered 5.3 million square kilometers, a historic low. Earlier this year, media accounts were rife with predictions that this year would again see a new record. Instead, the Arctic has seen a gain of about thirteen percent.

William Chapman, a researcher with the Arctic Climate Research Center at the University of Illinois, tells DailyTech that this year the Arctic was "definitely colder" than 2007.
Thanks to Ron de Haan for this link

           Note:  I have not been able to verify the above information as
           published on I can definitely find evidence
           that the Antarctic Ice Sheet is growing, but not the Arctic.

             I did find an article entitled "Will MSM Report on 2008 Arctic
          Ice Increase?” dated 18 Jul 08.

          It said, “the latest information on Arctic ice conditions is just
          in from the National Snow and Ice Data Center:

         “Arctic sea ice extent on July 16 stood at 8.91 million square
          kilometers (3.44 square miles). While extent was below the
          1979 to 2000 average of 9.91 square kilometers (3.83 million
          square miles), it was 1.05 million square kilometers (0.41
          million square miles) above the value for July 16, 2007
          (Emphasis added.)

          In these days of political correctness, it can be tough to know
          who to believe.

See also
New Record for Antarctic Total Ice Extent?
While the news focus has been on the lowest ice extent
since satellite monitoring began in 1979 for the Arctic, the
Southern Hemisphere (Antarctica) has quietly set a new
record for most ice extent since 1979.
See New Record for Antarctic Total Ice Extent?


Recent research indicates that Antarctica is also
on a long-term cooling trend.





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