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10:30 AM | *Arctic sea ice continues to show resiliency…nearly normal temperatures in summer (melting) season holds the key to its holding firm…possible important role of water vapor* — Arcfield Weather

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Arctic temperatures and the impact on sea ice

Temperatures have followed a persistent trend in the Arctic region during the past several years, in fact, going all the way back to the beginning of the 21st Century.  Specifically, temperatures have been running at nearly normal levels during the all-important summer (melting) season of June, July, and August and then usually at well above-normal levels during the remaining nine months of the year.  

Nearly normal temperatures in the summer months of June, July and August are typically at levels just right near or slightly above the freezing mark and as long as they remain there during this the melting season, chances for any significant drop-off in Arctic sea ice will be limited. Well above-normal temperatures in the other nine months of the year have minimal impact on the melting of Arctic sea ice as – even though they may average at well above-normal levels – they are generally way below the freezing mark. Indeed, with this dependable temperature trend in recent years, Arctic sea ice has been rather resilient both in terms of extent and volume.

Paul Dorian

2024-03-04 15:29:34

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