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Oops. We overlooked 193,000 square miles of ice

19 Feb 09 – The ice is melting! The ice is melting! . . . Or is it?

In May, 2008, the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) predicted that the North Pole would be ice-free during the 2008 melt season because of ‘global warming.’

Today, they admitted that they’ve underreported Arctic ice extent by 193,000 square miles (500,000 square kilometers). They blamed the error on satellite problems and sensor drift.

Daily Arctic sea ice extent map for 15 Feb 2009 showed
areas of open water that should have appeared as sea ice.
Credit: National Snow and Ice Data Center

And we’re supposed to trust these people?

              193,000 square miles!

              That’s the size of Maine, Vermont, Maryland, Massachusetts, New
              York, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Rhode Island,
              and West Virginia combined! And toss in Washington, D.C. for
              good measure.

              Let’s watch the newspapers. If a pimple of ice smaller than a city
              should break off an ice sheet, they'd holler to the high heavens.
              But do you think they’ll report this discovery of 'lost' ice the size
              of 10 states?

As opposed to the NSIDC information, AMSR-E data - compiled in cooperation with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency and the Advanced Earth Science and Technology Organization of Japan - shows that sea ice extent in 2009 is running ahead of 2005, 2006, 2007, and 2008. Perhaps the NSIDC’s prediction of an ice-free north pole is premature.

Thanks to Thomas Lovely, D. Wilson and Tom Meyer for this link

See AMSR-E chart here:







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