Antarctica Growing Colder 

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                                                                                                                                                                                     Posted 22 Oct 2006

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Antarctica growing colder



Measurements from NOAA show that the 
vast preponderance of Antarctica cooled from 1982 to 2004

This image shows trends in skin temperatures—from roughly the top millimeter of the 
land or sea surface—not air temperatures. The data were collected by the Advanced
Very High Resolution Radiometer (AVHRR) sensors on several NOAA satellites. This
image shows temperature trends from 1982 to 2004. Red indicates areas where
temperatures generally increased during that period, and blue shows where temperatures
predominantly decreased.

The area of strongest cooling appears at the South Pole, and the region of strongest
warming lies along the Antarctic Peninsula. In some instances, bright red spots or streaks
along the edge of the continent show where icebergs calved or ice shelves disintegrated,
meaning the satellite began seeing warmer ocean water where there had previously been
ice. One example of this is the bright red line along the edge of the Ross Ice Shelf.

          (Please note that it’s the water that’s getting warmer, while the vast 
          preponderance of the continent is getting colder.)

Why is Antarctica getting colder in the middle when it’s warming up around the edge?
One possible explanation, says NOAA, is that the warmer temperatures in the
surrounding ocean have produced more precipitation in the continent’s interior, and this
increased snowfall has cooled the high-altitude region around the pole.

So ... ocean warming has resulted in increased snowfall which has created a cooling
Sound familiar? Now we have a quote from a government agency backing up what
I’ve been saying all along.

Thanks to Dan Hammer for this link


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






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