Sunday, February 21, 2016

Want to Know Why the Sea Ice is Melting?

There are all sorts of technical reports about why the Arctic sea ice is melting and why we are probably looking at an all-time low for the maximum extent. But, it really comes down to one thing - the temperature. If there is more heat in the Arctic region, ice won't form and the ice that does form will melt more quickly. So, take a look and see for yourself.

Source: CCI

This plot shows the temperature anomalies. The red areas are warmer than normal while the blue areas are cooler. The center of Greenland and parts of Canada are below the average temperature. But, most of the Arctic Region is not only hotter than normal, but even much hotter. The large area to the northeast of Greenland is about 20 degrees Celsius above normal.

Too much heat = not enough ice.

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