"It's Ice, Ice, and More Ice"

Yet another expedition to the Arctic to tell us the perils of disappearing ice had to turn because because of too much ice:


We had hoped to make it to Pond Inlet, Nunavut by early September but this has proven impossible. Severe weather conditions hindered our early progress and now ice chokes the passage ahead.
Our ice router Victor has been very clear in what lies ahead. He writes, “Just to give you the danger of ice situation at the eastern Arctic, Eef Willems of “Tooluka” (NED) pulled out of the game and returning to Greenland. At many Eastern places of NWP locals have not seen this type ice conditions. Residents of Resolute say 20 years have not seen anything like. Its, ice, ice and more ice. Larsen, Peel, Bellot, Regent and Barrow Strait are all choked. That is the only route to East. Already West Lancaster received -2C temperature expecting -7C on Tuesday with the snow.”

Here is the ice extent as of yesterday:
There is a huge difference from 2012 to 2013 with current extent up into the "normal" range for the first time in years. Will the ice continue to increase? I don't know.

This is yet another (in case we needed one) that global warming has "paused." Will that continue? Again, I don't know but I lean toward "yes," at least for the next few years.

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