The weather experts are once again puzzled by ice around the Antarctic coast. Yet again the area around the Antarctica has been covered by record breaking ice.
Ted Scambos, lead scientist at the US National Snow and Ice Data Center, announcing the latest annual sea ice maximum for the austral continent said, “What we’re learning is, we have more to learn.”
According to the NSIDC the sea ice around the frigid continent has reached its pinnacle on September 22 and now covers a total area comprising 7.76 million square miles. This is 595,000 square miles above the 1981 to 2010 average extent. It is almost four standard deviation above the average. The average Antarctic average sea ice in the month of September was 7.72 million square miles. The exact reasons for this rise are not clear. Each year the volume of sea ice around the coast of Antarctica has continues to increase right from 2012, 2013, and this year also. The sea ice in Antarctica has continued to remain high for most of 2014.
For many years now weather scientists have been puzzled by the behavior of the Southern Ice. Most common models which are used as a base say that the steady growth must not happen in a warming world. However the warming of the world is also in doubt. The air temperature has been steady for the last fifteen years. The deep ocean temperatures have also not increased leaving the “mystery” of the apparent end of global warming “unsolved”.
The apparent variation in doomsday prediction due to global warming and the actual reality has severely eroded the confidence of predictions by eminent weather scientists.
The situation in the Arctic sea ice is just the opposite. The arctic sea ice has covered less areas in recent times.