Friday, July 08, 2016

Arctic Sea Ice Crashes to Record Low for June

A graph of the Arctic sea ice extent. (Credit: NSIDC) Click to Enlarge.
The summer sea ice cover over the Arctic raced towards oblivion in June, crashing through previous records to reach a new all-time low.

The Arctic sea ice extent was a staggering 100,000 square miles below the previous record for June, set in 2010.  And it was 525,000 square miles below the 1981-2010 long-term average, according to the National Snow and Ice Data Center.

That means a vast expanse of ice — an area about twice the size of Texas — has vanished over the past 30 years, and the rate of that retreat has accelerated.

Aside from March, each month in 2016 has set a grim new low for sea ice cover, after a record warm winter.

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