A Picture Says a Thousand Words

As the first frost of winter strangles the last of my roses, I can’t help but ponder Arctic ice. Whatever side of the global warming fence you’re on – a picture says a thousand words. I’m not debating green house gas vs. natural climactic cycles. The result rather than the cause has me thinking.

Anyone who thinks the Arctic ice isn’t melting or that the problem will just go away should probably go and dig a deeper hole in the sand. Looking the other way won’t make it go away.

The photos, link, and excerpt below are from earthsky.org


These two maps, created from satellite data, compare the Arctic ice minimum extents in 2012 and 1984.

Arctic sea ice grows through the winter each year and melts through the summer, typically reaching its minimum extent – lowest amount – sometime in September. The extent can vary considerably from year to year, but in August and September 2012, sea ice covered less of the Arctic Ocean than at any other time since at least 1979, when the first reliable satellite measurements began.

Arctic sea ice, September 13, 2012. (See larger image) Image credit: NASA

Arctic sea ice, September 14, 1984. (See larger image) Image credit: NASA