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Record low October sea ice extent

11/16/2016, 9:51:03 PM

Sea ice extent in the Arctic basin for the month of October 2016 was the lowest on record for that month. Records go back to 1979.

The record low Arctic sea ice extent last month ended up 400,000 sq/km lower than the previous October record in 2007.


The main reasons for this new record low were above to well-above normal air temperatures over the Arctic region, atmospheric circulation patterns and higher than normal sea surface temperatures.

Arctic sea ice trending younger (thinner) between 1984-2016. Animation courtesy YouTube and NASA.

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