NOAA has released a nice time-lapse video from the North Pole Web Cam, which was deployed on an ice flow at the North Pole this past summer.
Video courtesy of YouTube and NOAA.
The video shows the view from the web cam from each day of the summer. It is interesting to see the changes with the ice through the summer. Cloudier days certainly dominated as well.
Sea Ice update
The NSIDC site is experiencing some technical issues, so I went to the University of Bremen (Germany) for the latest update on the sea ice extent in the Arctic and Antarctic.
The two charts below show the latest sea ice extent in the Arctic and Antarctic compared to the last 7 years and vs. the 1972-2012 average. Courtesy of the University of Bremen.
The images below show the most recent sea ice concentration in the Arctic and Antarctic compared to exactly one-year ago. Images courtesy of the University of Bremen.
November 3, 2012 in the Arctic
November 3, 2013 in the Arctic
November 3, 2012 in the Antarctic
November 3, 2013 in the Antarctic
Hardly any noticeable differences in the Antarctic compared to a year ago. However, the sea ice extent is clearly well ahead of last year's freeze-up in the Arctic, but still below the 1979-2012 average.
According to the Danish Meteorological Institutes, over the past 30 years Arctic sea area covered with ice has decreased by about 30 percent in the summer and 10% in the winter.
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