As I stated in the previous post, the annual minimum sea ice extent in the Arctic this season will not be a record breaker as the overall weather pattern in the region has been nearly opposite of what it was last year when we had the new record low sea ice extent.
The Canadian Ice Service put together a nice, visible satellite composite (below) of the Arctic from Aug. 20 to the 26.
The University of Bremen image below shows the latest Arctic sea ice extent (red) compared to other years going back to 1979.
The second and third images below from the University of Bremen show the sea ice concentration in the Arctic exactly one year apart. The first image is from Aug. 29, 2012, and the second is from Aug. 29, 2013. Note the changes. The purple colored areas indicate a higher concentration of sea ice, while greens and yellows show reduced concentrations.
Keep in mind, the differences between the two images are not an indication of a new trend, but are just an interesting comparison showing how a change in the summer weather patterns from one year to the next can impact sea ice.
Antarctic Sea Ice possibly headed for another record high?
On the opposite side, the winter sea ice extent in the Antarctic may reach another record maximum this year. However, note that there is much less difference (much more stable due to a number of natural factors) in extent between the years in the Antarctic compared to the Arctic.
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Finally, some good news in regards to the global coral bleaching problem.
New research updates the future risks of moderate and severe flooding along the coast due to sea-level rise.
A new study led by Dartmouth College has determined that an abrupt shift in extreme precipitation events took place in the northeastern U.S. starting in 1996.
Parts of the Antarctic are experiencing an unusual surge of moss growth near the coast.
New research indicates that the number of extreme rainfall events will increase over a majority of regions worldwide due to global warming.