TDB today: Watching the ice melt

by Gareth on April 17, 2013

My column at The Daily Blog this week is all about ice — specifically the start of the melt season in the Arctic, and what that means for the climate of the northern hemisphere.

What’s going on in the Arctic is rapid climate change, and it’s happening now. It’s changing the weather that most of the world experiences. It’s the most important and most visible of the multitude of climate impacts we’re forcing on the planet, and it’s worth watching every day. Will this year set a new record summer low for sea ice? It’s too early to call, but one thing is certain. Northern hemisphere climate has already changed, and will continue to change in ways we’re only beginning to fathom.

The continuing Arctic melt gives the lie to the “no warming since (pick a date)” meme being pushed by the usual suspects. In fact it does more than show Monckton and his sad supporters to be wrong — it shows them to be burying their heads so far into the septic sand that their arses are disappearing. I shall be returning to this theme as the Arctic summer progresses…

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Bob Bingham April 18, 2013 at 2:49 pm

Many years ago my sales manager said to me ‘You miss the thrill of a head on collision unless you are sitting in the front seat’ and I feel that is what we are watching in the Arctic.
Jennifer Francis has explained the really bad weather up North and given it a sense of immediacy and it is changing really fast. Changes that should be taking place in thirty or fifty years are happening now, before our very eyes.

Copie April 20, 2013 at 6:18 pm

Jennifer Frances is a discredited scientist. She is even claiming that the record cold weather in the Northern Hemisphere is caused by global warming!

Gareth April 20, 2013 at 6:26 pm

Please: do as I said. Read the comment policy. And for details on ice loss and weather, read (and comment) here: http://hot-topic.co.nz/cold-wind-to-valhalla-arctic-ice-loss-brings-spring-snow-to-uk-and-europe/

bill April 20, 2013 at 9:38 pm

Learn something. Including how to spell the name.

Thomas April 21, 2013 at 8:39 am

Obviously a Copie and Paste troll…. ;-)

Bob Bingham April 21, 2013 at 9:27 am

Its good to see a scientist getting recognition for some serious work. The ice is melting and there is seriously disturbed weather in the Northern hemisphere and she has explained what is causing it.
Her lecture explains it very clear and and well presented and is widely accepted. .

bill April 21, 2013 at 7:25 pm

Here’s a short explanation of what’s going on.

Prediction: no change in your opinion. In fact, no recollection of this information.

Also, can you tell us whether a warmer atmosphere holds more moisture, and with what level of confidence we can assume this to be true? (Hint: think ‘gravity’). Then perhaps you can explain the link between this phenomenon and the scale of rainfall events, and, subsequently, what rainfall events are generally known as if temperatures fall to 0C or below?

Further, if the world is always so intuitively obvious, in the talkback radio ‘it’s only commonsense, innit?’ manner, can you perhaps tell us what happens, say, to sea levels in Scotland if Greenland melts? Hint: you’ll be wrong.

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