Skip to comments.Researchers predict ice-free North Pole this year
Posted on 05/25/2008 1:25:21 PM PDT by PROCON
Here's the good news: this summer's Arctic ice melt means an early start to the Hudson Bay shipping season.
Forecasts show Coast Guard icebreakers will no longer be necessary for shipping to Churchill after July 16.
That's 15 days earlier than the average ice-free shipping date of July 31, which means re-supply barges should able to reach communities in Nunavut's Kivalliq and Kitikmeot regions that much earlier.
But the down side to the retreat of the Arctic's thin ice cover is a 50-50 chance that the North Pole will become ice-free this September - for the first time in more than 100,000 years.
(Excerpt) Read more at nunatsiaq.com ...
You’re right....Ice breakers change things...
I will believe this prediction when I see it. I suspect that while the ice will melt faster this summer, because it is thinner, it will reach a point of withdrawl and then come to a dead stop, because it’s just not warm enough.
Bet ice breaking contractors aren’t very happy this year.
I don’t freaking think so: www.spaceweather.com
I do think there is a 100% chance that scary predictions of a 50% chance of something bad happening are pure BS. They know the uneducated public will just see the scary thibg, and then when it doesn’t come to pass, they can use the 50% odds as an out.
So 100,000 years ago there was global warming
Notice: Not first time ever, just since .......
So, was that you driving your SUV 100,000 years ago?
” I suspect that while the ice will melt faster this summer, because it is thinner,....”
Thickness matters — but, it’s not the only thing.
New sea ice is brackish & therefore melts at a much lower temperature than fresh water ice. The salt gradually leaves the ice & after a year or so, it is no longer brackish. This “old ice” is much less likely to melt.
And who was at the NP for those 100k years recording this info?
50-50 chance that the North Pole will become ice-free this September - for the first time in more than 100,000 years. ........................ I predict that there is a 50/50 chance that Tampa will be hit with a Hurricane this year. There is a 50/50 chance that the Yanks will win the series (I won’t take bets on that one) This 50/50 is major BS. Tell us there is a definite 100% chance and then I may worry, but a weather prediction is just a prediction. Weather tends to be weather and does what it wants regardless of predictions. My guess, there will be ice in the north pole, Santa need not worry.
I heard one scientist say there is more oil under the arctic than the entire Mideast.
Seriously, I don't know what Canadians are crying about. Global warming is good for Canada. Bring it on.
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