Arctic sea ice extent held up exceptionally well during the 2021 summer melt season. During August, cold conditions and favorable wind conditions kept ice and snow volumes higher than usual.
As a result, Arctic sea ice extent is now the highest it has been in 8 years, and if this year’s trend continues for another week or two (which is expected), 2021 will see the highest ice extent in 15 years (since 2006).
Only 2014, 2013 and 2009 remain in its path to the record – although the gap is closing quickly:
2021 Ice Extent is higher than ALL years since 2006 (excluding 2014, 2013, & 2009, which are set to surpassed within the next few weeks) [NSIDC]
Normally, the highest Arctic sea ice extent since 2006 would not be a reason to be proud.
But we don’t live in an ordinary world.
We exist in a staged narrative of “catastrophic global warming,” in which linearly rising temperatures threaten to melt all the ice at the poles, flood cities and wipe out entire countries. This is an existential threat to humanity, we are told daily; a threat that requires political intervention, higher taxes, and further restrictions on our freedoms, i.e., a “climate lockdown.”
So yes, in today’s paradigm of fake temperature charts and incessant apocalyptic reporting in the mainstream media, the increase in Arctic sea ice to its highest level since 2006 is something worth writing about.
Such an increase – if “science” is to be believed – simply shouldn’t have been possible: the ice sheet should have been free of ice by the summer of 2008, and then, when that date safely passed, by 2012, then 2013, then 2015, then 2016, and now… well, 12 years from now…? How much longer are they going to reschedule the “man-made apocalypse”?
The Arctic is the poster child for global warming – if it doesn’t melt, the IPCC won’t have a leg to stand on, especially since average global temperatures have also refused to play the “warming” game in recent years (down about 0.7C since 2016):
And all this without mentioning perhaps the biggest obstacle in the matter: events at the South Pole, where 90% of the Earth’s freshwater is concentrated.
The Southern Hemisphere has seen an increasing trend in ice area over the past 40-plus years (the satellite era):
After a drop-off in 2015-2019, ice at the South Pole has rebounded strongly in 2020 and 2021, to the levels of some 3-decades ago — this reality maintains the trend of significant growth registered since 1979 of approx 1% per decade.
The year really is a doozy, and is proving impossible for the AGW party to explain-away.
In the 42 years of satellite data, Antarctic Sea Ice Extent in 2021 is the fifth highest on record — bested only by the exceptionally strong years of 2015, 2014, 2010, and 2006:
The above graph is admittedly a little busy, so here’s an easier way to convey the state of growth…
This year’s Antarctic Sea Ice Extent is tracking well-above EVERY multidecadal average the NSIDC has to offer:
If alarmists insist on “climate change” in Antarctica, that’s all well and good, but they must admit that the change is a “drop in temperature” and a “dramatic accumulation of snow and ice,” since that is exactly what is happening, according to the data.
But good luck to the “climate scientists” in fitting this to the “anthropogenic global warming” theory.