Interpreting Climate Science on Arctic and Antarctic Ice

On September 23rd, 2013 the Washington Post ran an article

“Antarctic sea ice hit 35-year record high Saturday” (*1)


After reading the article I decided to only remark on the quotes used in the article by a couple of famous climate scientists. You can read the entire article with the link below.

The first quote is from Jinlun Zhang, a University of Washington scientist studying Antarctic ice.

“The overwhelming evidence is that the Southern Ocean is warming,” 

“Why would sea ice be increasing? Although the rate of increase is small, it is a puzzle to scientists.”

He’s the expert and he’s asking “Why would the sea ice be increasing,” while trying to convince us that the “Southern Ocean is warming.”

He next talks about the polar vortex. You know, the one that is naturally caused by the rotation of the earth.

“The polar vortex that swirls around the South Pole is not just stronger than it was when satellite records began in the 1970s, it has more convergence, meaning it shoves the sea ice together to cause ridging,”

“Stronger winds also drive ice faster, which leads to still more deformation and ridging. This creates thicker, longer-lasting ice, while exposing surrounding water and thin ice to the blistering cold winds that cause more ice growth.”

“I haven’t seen a clear explanation yet of why the winds have gotten stronger,” Zhang told Michael Lemonick of Climate Central.

So he doesn’t know why the vortex winds have increased, but he knows the “Stronger winds drive ice faster,,,”

Next we hear from a scientist from Colorado State University who chimes in with:

“This modeled Antarctic sea ice decrease in the last three decades is at odds with observations, which show a small yet statistically significant increase in sea ice extent,”

She is saying the actual fact that the Antarctic ice is growing is at odds with her computer model. I guess her model is one of the 98%, of the models that a lead IPCC scientist recently said were wrong in their attempt to predict the Man Made Global Warming BS. Maybe her model was programmed to have an outcome she was hoping for.

But Jinlun isn’t yet confused enough so he brilliantly states:

“If the warming continues, at some point the trend will reverse,” Zhang said

A very intellectually sounding statement, but what warming Jinlun? Will you next state that you don’t understand why it isn’t warming? Forget it, Jinlun, read the headlines:

“Global warming stopped 16 years ago, reveals Met Office report quietly released… “*(2)

Maybe that’s why your ice is growing Jinlun!

Finally the article quotes someone from Climate Central named “Michael Lemonick,” who states:

“…the seeming paradox of Antarctic ice increasing while Arctic ice is decreasing is really no paradox at all,” “The Arctic is an ocean surrounded by land, while the Antarctic is land surrounded by ocean. In the Arctic, moreover, you’ve got sea ice decreasing in the summer; at the opposite pole, you’ve got sea ice increasing in the winter. It’s not just an apples-and-oranges comparison: it’s more like comparing apple pie with orange juice.”

Well, Lemonick, your apple pie and orange juice just got even more complicated because in the year ending this summer, the Arctic ice grew 533,000 square miles*(3).

Artic Map 2012 2013

Imagine that, while the Antarctic was setting a winter record of ice growth that Jinlun can’t explain, the Arctic ice was experiencing rapid growth in the summer, you know, like at the same time. I’m almost positive Lemonick can’t explain the Arctic ice growth either, That is unless he says something like the Arctic ice grew because it got colder and the computer models didn’t show that result.

Predictions have been a problem for the scientists of the left. Remember, it was only 2007 when an ice free Arctic by 2013 was predicted.


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