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Arctic temperature is still not above 0°C – the latest date in fifty years of record keeping
Posted By admin On June 25, 2009 @ 2:57 am In Sci Tech | Comments Disabled
Watts Up With That 
Thursday, June 25, 2009
The average arctic temperature is still not above (take your pick) 32°F 0°C 273.15°K–this the latest date in fifty years of record keeping that this has happened. Usually it is beginning to level off now and if it does so, it will stay near freezing on average in the arctic leading to still less melting than last summer which saw a 9% increase in arctic ice than in 2007. H/T to FredM and MarcM
Data from DMI (Danish Meteorological Institute)
[NOTE: as a second source to Joe's article I've added this weather station data from the "North Pole Cam" operated by NOAA. Link is here: http://www.arctic.noaa.gov/gallery_np.html 
There is a webcam at the "North Pole" (at least it starts out very near there) that reports via satellite data uplink at regular intervals. They also have a weather station  with a once weekly data plot. Note it is still below zero centigrade there.
Latest data (updated approximately weekly) Readers should note that the station really isn't at the north pole anymore due to significant ice drift . - Anthony ]
The AMSR-E shows the ice situation on June 23rd:
See where we stand relative to recent years in terms of total extent here.  We are using JAXA-IJIS AMSR-E data to track ice as NSIDC is using older satellites and the new director Mark Serreze has proven untrustworthy. The next two months will be interesting. Temperatures usually begin flatlining in late June which would suggest less ice loss, although the water temperature beneath plays a key role and all of the warm water that entered the Arctic when the Atlantic was very warm in the middle 2000s (now is nearer normal) may not have circulated out yet.
The other question is what effect the early spring Mt. Redoubt eruptions may be having. Are the sulfate aerosols trapped in the arctic stratosphere reflecting back some of what sunlight reaches the high latitudes?
Along the edge of the arctic, Ross Hays who worked for CNN and then NASA who last year posted from Antartica sent this note to me “They have me working in arctic Sweden until mid July. One of the Esrange staff members told me that so far Kiruna had had the coldest June in 150 years!”
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URLs in this post:
 Watts Up With That: http://wattsupwiththat.com/2009/06/25/arctic-temperature-is-still-not-above-0%c2%b0c-the-latest-date-in-fifty-years-of-record-keeping%e2%80%a6%e2%80%9d/
 here.: http://icecap.us/images/uploads/ARCTIC2009.JPG
 here: http://ocean.dmi.dk/arctic/meant80n.uk.php
 http://www.arctic.noaa.gov/gallery_np.html: http://www.arctic.noaa.gov/gallery_np.html
 weather station: http://www.arctic.noaa.gov/gallery_np_weatherdata.html
 Image: http://www.efoodsdirect.com/ammo-food.html?aid=14&adid=5
 significant ice drift: http://www.arctic.noaa.gov/gallery_np_weatherdata.html#drift
 here.: http://www.ijis.iarc.uaf.edu/en/home/seaice_extent.htm
 here.: http://icecap.us/images/uploads/THE_ARCTIC_REMAINS_ICY_COLD.doc
 Arctic Sea Ice Melting Season Posts Latest Start on Record: http://www.prisonplanet.com/arctic-sea-ice-melting-season-posts-latest-start-on-record.html
 Arctic Sea Ice Area Highest For The Date In Over Ten Years: http://www.prisonplanet.com/arctic-sea-ice-area-highest-for-the-date-in-over-ten-years.html
 Earth gives us an Earth Day present: Arctic sea ice is highest for this date in 8 years: http://www.prisonplanet.com/earth-gives-us-an-earth-day-present-arctic-sea-ice-is-highest-for-this-date-in-8-years.html
 Paper finds Arctic sea ice extent 8,000 years ago was less than half of the ‘record’ low 2007 level: http://www.prisonplanet.com/paper-finds-arctic-sea-ice-extent-8000-years-ago-was-less-than-half-of-the-record-low-2007-level.html
 Arctic ice refreezing after falling short of 2007 record: http://www.prisonplanet.com/arctic-ice-refreezing-after-falling-short-of-2007-record.html
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