Fast Freeze

With all the reports of melting arctic ice it’s a surprise to see a report from a media source that reported the recovery of arctic ice. Recent reports that could have mentioned the recovery only mentioned the melting. For example:

Arctic ice-cap loss twice the size of France.    Jan. 23,2008 

Climatologist: Sea Ice to Keep Shrinking.    Feb. 13,2008


On February 15,2008, CBC, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation reported the following:

Temperatures have stayed well in the -30s C and -40s C range since late January throughout the North, with the mercury dipping past -50 C in some areas.

Satellite images are showing that the cold spell is helping the sea ice expand in coverage by about 2 million square kilometres, compared to the average winter coverage in the previous three years.

Not only has the ice recovered in area but also in thickness with more freezing still to come.

Clearly, we’re seeing the ice coverage rebound back to more near normal coverage for this time of year," said Gilles Langis, a senior ice forecaster with the Canadian Ice Service in Ottawa.

The cold is also making the ice thicker in some areas, compared to recorded thicknesses last year, Lagnis added.

"The ice is about 10 to 20 centimetres thicker than last year, so that’s a significant increase," he said.

If temperatures remain cold this winter, Langis said winter sea ice coverage will continue to expand.  Source.

The National Post of Canada couldn’t believe the source of this news report. source.

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