It was only in April that the weather wonders at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA, as they like to refer to themselves, were warning us that the Arctic was on the verge of becoming the world’s hot tub.
“For scientists studying summer sea ice in the Arctic, it’s not a question of ‘if’ there will be nearly ice-free summers, but ‘when’,” NOAA’s know-it-alls declared.
Further, “two scientists say that ‘when’ is sooner than many thought — before 2050 and possibly within the next decade or two.”
NOAA, though, doesn’t quite have the forecasting track record of the biblical Noah, whose meteorological prowess was less sophisticated, but a lot more accurate.
Instead of going Jacuzzi, the Arctic Sea is reverting to form, according to satellite photography that shows the Arctic ice sheet is enlarging, and doing so at a remarkable rate.
The 2012 ice sheet was smaller by a million square miles than it is today, meaning that it’s grown at a 60 percent rate.
In raw numbers, sea ice in the Arctic averaged 2.35 million square miles in August. It was 1.32 million square miles, according to the National Snow and Ice Data Center.
It was only a month ago that an ice-free Arctic was said to be “definitely coming, and coming sooner than we previously expected.”
That’s what Walt Meier, a glaciologist at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md, told LiveScience last month. “We’re looking at when as opposed to if.”
Cheap Seats has to wonder why NASA employs a glaciologist, but then again, it makes as much sense as Al Gore becoming a climatologist.
Cheap Seats also wonders Mrs. Sen Mark Udall of the Climate Reality Project (CRaP) will deal with this cold, new reality.