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Cold snap causes late-season sea ice growth spurt
 

Latest maximum extent since 1979
 

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6 Apr 10 - Arctic sea ice reached its maximum extent for the year on March 31 at 15.25 million square kilometers (5.89 million square miles). This was the latest date for the maximum Arctic sea ice extent since the start of the satellite record in 1979.
 

Image credit: National Snow and Ice Data Center
(Note that some areas lie outside of the median line)

Early in March, Arctic sea ice appeared to reach a maximum extent. However, after a short decline, the ice continued to grow. By the end of March, total extent approached 1979 to 2000 average levels for this time of year. The late-season growth was driven mainly by cold weather and winds from the north over the Bering and Barents Seas.

http://nsidc.org/arcticseaicenews/

Thanks to Thomas Ogburn for this link
                        "I wonder how they'll spin this one?" asks Thomas.

 



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