It was a colder than normal arctic summer this year. Cold enough to allow the August 2013 arctic sea ice to grow by 60% as opposed to a year ago in August 2012. The arctic pack ice grew by nearly 1 million square miles as compared to a year ago. August 2012 was the lowest amount of pack ice ever recorded.
What’s interesting is that the BBC reported in 2007 that the arctic sea ice would completely disappear by the year 2013. Appears that report was off. Granted, it was only one model created by one scientist, but still interesting, nonetheless.
More than 20 yachts tried to sail the infamous Northwest Passage this summer from Atlantic to Pacific this year. They are all currently stuck in the sea ice between Cape Bathurst & Prince Regent Inlet. These yachts will all likely need to be freed by Canadian coastguard icebreakers. The Northwest passage has been ice bound throughout summer 2013.
The BBC’s report on the disappearance of arctic sea ice by 2013 was based on a scientist Wieslaw Maslowski’s computer weather model.
“Our projection of 2013 for the removal of ice in summer is not accounting for the last two minima, in 2005 and 2007. So given that fact, you can argue that may be our projection of 2013 is already too conservative.” – Wieslaw Maslowski, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California told the BBC
Wieslaw’s model and report was corroborated by scientist Peter Wadhams.
“In the end, it will just melt away quite suddenly.” – Scientist Peter Wadhams told the BBC