“Net Increase In Greenland Ice Mass…First Time This Century” Amid Northern Hemisphere Cool-Down

The Arctic and the Northern Hemisphere surprise experts with impressive snow and ice gains, decade-long stability.

Reader David at Facebook brought my attention to the fact that Greenland this year has in fact been increasing in ice mass.

The National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) was forced to admit:

Overall, however, reduced melting and heavy early springtime snowfall may result in a net increase in Greenland’s ice mass this year for the first time this century.

The 2017 melt season has been less intense than recent years, and is below average melting for the 1981-to-2010 reference period. Surface melting has been low in the southeast, and has been limited to coastal regions at low elevations. “

What follows is the chart provided by the NSIDC:

Greenland’s ice melt this season has been well below normal, the NSIDC reports, and may end up seeing a net increase this year for the first time this century. Chart: NSIDC.

Above average snow extent

Meanwhile the University of Rutgers reports that Northern Hemisphere snow extent in August, 2017, was above normal at 2.915 million square kilometers, some 118,000 square kilometers above the mean.

Surprising Arctic sea ice stability

Arctic sea ice, unquestionably in decline since satellite measurements began in 1979 – which was a peak period for sea ice cover – has shown surprising stability over the past 10 years despite all the claims “the Arctic is melting rapidly“.

 

Arctic sea ice extent stable since 2007. Source NSIDC.

The plot of Arctic sea ice shows that extent did not even come close to setting a new record, which many alarmist experts had predicted earlier this year. Indeed the following chart shows Arctic sea ice has already begun to increase – some 7 – 10 days earlier than normal:

 

Chart courtesy of Ice Age Now.

Just as we discussed the situation on Greenland above, the sea ice surrounding the Danish island has been extraordinarily high this year, thus extending a stable ice extent plateau of the past 17 years.

It’s no surprise that the ever more desperate climate alarmists have decided to chase hurricanes this year. The Arctic is not cooperating with the warming, “death spiral” scenarios any longer.

 

19 responses to ““Net Increase In Greenland Ice Mass…First Time This Century” Amid Northern Hemisphere Cool-Down”

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  2. SebastianH

    has shown surprising stability over the past 10 years despite all the claims “the Arctic is melting rapidly“.

    Only a skeptic could have made that observation 😉 … for the fun of it: http://imgur.com/a/8xh8C (oh no, the rapid decrease between 1996 and 2012 should make us worry!).

    It’s no surprise that the ever more desperate climate alarmists have decided to chase hurricanes this year. The Arctic is not cooperating with the warming, “death spiral” scenarios any longer.

    Haven’t you wrote in the hurricane post “Expect global warming alarmists to seize on the final damage tally, no matter what it turns out to be”? Shouldn’t skeptics equally refrain from performing victory dances when slightly less “bad news” comes from the Arctic/Greenland?

    Ice extent is still pretty low: http://nsidc.org/arcticseaicenews/charctic-interactive-sea-ice-graph/

    Those trends aren’t going to stop because of one “moderate” year: https://climate.nasa.gov/vital-signs/land-ice/

    Oh, and wasn’t it a hurricane that caused the high SMB this season? https://www.carbonbrief.org/guest-post-greenland-ice-sheet-2017 … so why should we not look at hurricanes and their influence on increasing snow in Greenland?

  3. Schneefan2015

    Hi Piere,

    The last graph schouldn’t be used because of this notice at the website of “The Cryosphere Today”.

    “Special Sensor Microwave Imager and Sounder (SSMIS) on the Defense Meteorological Satellite Program (DMSP) F-17 satellite that provides passive microwave brightness temperatures (and derived Arctic and Antarctic sea ice products) has been providing spurious data since beginning of April(2016). Working on resolving problem or replacing this data source.”

    I wrote about the sensational Grenland Ice Gain here: Sensation: https://wobleibtdieglobaleerwaermung.wordpress.com/2017/09/07/sensation-groenlandeis-erstmals-in-diesem-jahrhundert-gewachsen-experten-ueberrascht/

    Cheers

    Schneefan2015

  4. John F. Hultquist

    There is not info for the “Ice Age Now” Arctic ice chart that shows ice growth. Other sources are not so clearly going up. So the question is, What is he (Robert W. Felix) presenting?

    https://nsidc.org/arcticseaicenews/

    http://ocean.dmi.dk/arctic/icecover.uk.php

    While these do not show the “upward” bend, they do suggest that the minimum is near and will be greater or about the same as the last 4 years.

  5. Bitter&twisted

    Don’t cause confusion with facts.
    It hurts Alarmist’s brains.

  6. McLovin'

    Sebastian,

    Please see the following link. It’s designed to address the supposition that hurricane Nicole was responsible for the 5th largest ice gain on record in Greenland this past year…and it doesn’t look like a tenable argument (which hardly means it won’t gain traction and be widely reported.)
    https://realclimatescience.com/2017/09/dr-ruth-blaming-nicole/

  7. yonason

    While it’s good to know the science, it also helps to know human nature. In fact, armed with only the latter, we can be pretty certain the warmists are lying.
    http://www.numberwatch.co.uk/lying.htm

    That, and if they HAD the science, they would be revealing it with crystal clarity. They are not. Because they cannot.

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  9. gnome

    What’s so good about ice?

    Global warming is something to dream of and aspire to, not something to fear, and in particular, this nonsense about less ice being anything but good, defies all logic. Stop it. You’re just playing the game the way the warmists want you to.

    1. Dale

      gnome 11: I too have waited all my life for global warming. Unlikely there was anyone more disappointed than myself when I found out that it was all a mean-spirited hoax.
      I wonder how many people are planning to move to or are planning their next vacation to someplace cold…

  10. sunsettommy

    This statement is incorrect since we have continuous sea ice satellite data from 1973.

    “Arctic sea ice, unquestionably in decline since satellite measurements began in 1979 – which was a peak period for sea ice cover – has shown surprising stability over the past 10 years despite all the claims “the Arctic is melting rapidly“.”

    They say it began in 1979,which is a lie,as the 1990 IPCC report themselves accepted the 1973-1990 satellite data as well as the NOAA:

    It starts on page 59 of the PDF,

    Climate Assessment

    https://www1.ncdc.noaa.gov/pub/data/cmb/bams-sotc/climate-assessment-1981-1990.pdf

    It shows the sea ice charts for both polar regions from 1973-1990. The NOAA in 1990,still accepted the earlier sea ice data.

  11. Dale

    Be especially careful referencing “Ice Age Now” as they are very careless with their work, often making false (apparently unchecked) statements. Look at their list of expanding glaciers as just one example.

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  13. richard

    Just recently there was excitement from the alarmists that two yachts become first ever vessels to enter Central Arctic Ocean without icebreaker support reaching a latitude of more than 80 degrees north. Obviously tying to prove that man made global warming was the cause.

    Back in 1923-

    “The expedition sailed
    as far north as 81 deg. 29 min. N. lati-
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  16. Dave Fair

    If the globe is continuing to warm as IPCC climate models insist, why has Arctic ice extent remained essentially static for ten-plus years? Why has Antarctic sea ice grown over the same period?

    Could it be that the computers don’t know their bits from their bytes?

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