Arctic Ice Expands 1 Million Square Miles In 1 Year

September 12, 2013, by Ken Jorgustin

one-million-square-miles-of-new-arctic-ice
Image Source: Ottawa University

Nearly one-million square miles of more ice has frozen at the North Pole this year compared with the same time last year.

The question is… Is an increase of 60% more ice in 1 year a sign of things to come?


 
2013 Artic sea ice is up 60% from last year, while 2012 Arctic ice was at record lows.

An ice sheet more than half the size of Europe already stretches from the Canadian islands to Russia’s northern shores.

The Northwest Passage from the Atlantic to the Pacific has remained blocked by pack-ice all year…more than 20 yachts that had planned to sail it have been left ice-bound and a cruise ship attempting the route was forced to turn back,” according to a September report from dailymail.co.uk

Arctic sea ice averaged 2.35 million square miles in August 2013, as compared to the low point of 1.32 million square miles recorded on Sept. 16, 2012, according to the National Snow and Ice Data Center. A chart published Sept. 8 by NSIDC shows the dramatic rise this year, while they did note that the growth in ice was still below the 30-year average.

 
The following NASA images show the Arctic ice sheet in August 2012 and again in 2013.

arctic-ice-sheet-august-2012
Image: NASA – NSIDC

arctic-ice-sheet-august-2013
Image: NASA – NSIDC

 
Are we now in a cooling trend? And if so, why? Or is this simply an anomaly?

 
How about this for an idea…

…the shockingly dismal solar sunspot cycle which has been so low/inactive during the present peak period, that some say it is similar to what has preceded previous cool-down periods and even ice ages. Or is this too an anomaly?

solar-cycle-august-2013
Image: NOAA

where-are-the-sunspots
Image: SOHO

 
A solar pole reversal is underway, signifying an apparent peak in the solar cycle…

For the current solar cycle 24, the reversal on the Sun’s north pole has been going on now…with positive and negative polarities alternating each other. It seems that only right now, the reversal on the north pole has become permanent…The reversal at the south pole seems to have only just begun. Therefore, a complete reversal still seems quite a few months away.

-Royal Observatory of Belgium (mid-2013)

 
And there’s this…

The Maunder Minimum (also known as the prolonged sunspot minimum) is the name used for the period starting in about 1645 and continuing to about 1715 when sunspots became exceedingly rare, as noted by solar observers of the time.

The Maunder Minimum coincided with the “the Little Ice Age”, during which Europe and North America were subjected to bitterly cold winters.

 
Are we heading into a cold period? A cooling trend? Or worse?

Only time will tell…