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13 September 07

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Antarctic ice grows to record levels

By Meteorologist Joe D’Aleo
 
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12 Sep 07 - The Southern Hemisphere (Antarctica) has quietly set a new record for most ice extent since 1979. The Southern Hemispheric areal coverage is the highest in the satellite record, just beating out 1995, 2001, 2005 and 2006. Since 1979, the trend has been up for the total Antarctic ice extent.

While the Antarctic Peninsula area has warmed in recent years and ice near it diminished during the Southern Hemisphere summer, the interior of Antarctica has been colder and ice elsewhere has been more extensive and longer lasting, which explains the increase in total extent. This dichotomy was shown in a World Climate Report blog posted recently with a similar tale told by Ohio State Researcher David Bromwich, who agreed: "It’s hard to see a global warming signal from the mainland of Antarctica right now."

Indeed, according the NASA GISS data, the South Pole winter (June/July/August) has cooled about 1 degree F since 1957 and the coldest year was 2004. This winter has been an especially harsh one in the Southern Hemisphere with cold and snow records set in Australia, South America and Africa. We will have recap on this hard winter shortly.

          This is what I've been saying for years - that the
          Antarctic Ice Sheet is growing thicker. The Antarctic
          Ice Sheet covers some five million square miles, twice
          as big as the contiguous United States. It's almost 100
          times bigger than all of the rest of the world's glaciers
          put together. 

          In other words, more than 90 percent of the world's
          glaciers are growing. But all we hear about is the ones
          that are melting.

          I consider that to be biased reporting.

See entire article with links to graphics and other papers mentioned:
http://icecap.us/index.php/go/joes-blog/a_new_record_for_antartic_total_ice_extent

Thanks to Alan Caruba for this link

Here’s Newsbuster’s take on this:

While the media has focused on the Arctic, the Southern Hemisphere (Antarctica) has quietly set a new record for most ice extent since 1979, meteorologist Joe D'Aleo wrote at IceCap Tuesday:

The press have totally boycotted news from the Southern Hemisphere where ice and snow levels are currently at their highest since data have been collected.

See good graphs at:
http://newsbusters.org/blogs/noel-sheppard/2007/09/12/record-antarctic-ice-levels-ignored- media
Thanks to David Squire for this link

See also:  
Glaciers are growing around the world,
including the United States
See Growing Glaciers 

 


               

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