We’ve heard about all the cold and icy weather reports and results coming from all corners of the planet lately, and so naturally most of us sense that it just doesn’t jive with all the alarmist global warming claims and rhetoric we hear.
Tremendous ice growth
For example over the past winter the Arctic ice cap did see unusually warm surface temperatures, yet Arctic sea ice did not shrink as some would intuitively expect it to do.
The truth is that Arctic sea ice volume has gained close to 2 trillion cubic meters over last year alone, and over 2016 – using the data provided by the Danish Meteorological Institute here.
Obviously Arctic sea ice has a lot more to do with other factors than just surface air temperatures in the region. Clearly other major factors must be at play in causing this huge increase.
Japanese skeptic blogger Kirye provided at Twitter a nice animation showing the recent development from April 20 – to May 10:
— キリエ (@KiryeNet) May 12, 2018
As one can see, there’s about 2000 cubic kilometers (2 trillion cubic meters) more ice volume than there was a year earlier and in 2016.
Enormous amount of energy
To put this in perspective, 2 trillion cubic meters of ice are enough to…
– Provide every single human being on the planet with 250 tonnes of ice!
– Cover entire United States with more than 20 cm of solid ice.
– Cover 67,000 Manhattans with almost a meter of ice!
– Circle the earth with 1 cubic meter blocks 50,000 times!
– Stack 1 m³ blocks to make a pile high enough to reach the sun…13 times!
Imagine: 250 tonnes of ice for each and every person. I’d have to run through the numbers, but I don’t think the average person could freeze that amount of water with the total power he/she uses in a year. We’re talking some serious energy here.
So where could all the ice have come from when we consider that the Arctic surface air temperatures have been so warm?
And what about all the heat that had to be extracted from the water to form the ice? Where did it all go? Most of it of course go radiated out into space and so is forever gone and lost.
Surface temperatures not decisive
As discussed above, surface atmospheric temperatures of course do not play the only major role when it comes to the Arctic sea ice show. Obviously other very powerful factors play huge roles, such as natural oceanic cycles and weather patterns over all Arctic atmospheric layers.
Complex, poorly-understood oceanic-atmospheric system
And vice versa, it also implies that these factors also play a role during the summertime when the Arctic sees unusual summer time melt. Surface temperature cannot be the one and only explanation here, as global warming alarmists like to insist it is. Here as well the oceans, winds and clouds, to name a few, play crucial roles.
Polar sea ice depends on the entire oceanic-atmospheric polar “weather” system — from seabed to upper stratosphere — which sober scientists have long realized is an extremely complex one and is still very poorly understood.
Check out latest on Southern Hemisphere here.