Recently analyzed data indicates Arctic sea ice was at a record low maximum extent for the second straight year.
This data is from scientists at the National Snow and Ice Data Center and NASA.
Sea ice extent over the Arctic was 5.607 million square miles on March 24… beating last year’s record low of 5.612 million square miles on February 25.
Unlike last year… the peak was later than average in the 37-year satellite record… setting up a shorter than average ice melt season for the coming spring and summer.
This year’s maximum extent is 431,000 square miles below the 1981 to 2010 average of 6.04 million square miles and 5,000 square miles below the previous lowest maximum that occurred last year.
Also… air temperatures over the Arctic Ocean for the months of December, January and February were 2 to 6 degrees Celsius (4 to 11 degrees Fahrenheit) above average in nearly every region.
For more Arctic sea ice news… visit http://nsidc.org/arcticseaicenews/
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