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  • Europe travel mayhem as arctic freeze strikes again

    12/17/2010 5:55:45 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 17 replies
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 12/17/10 | AFP
    LONDON (AFP) – Snow swept Europe on Friday causing travel chaos in the continent's north, shutting Bulgaria's major Black Sea ports and leaving Italian cities blanketed in a rare covering. Britain's national weather service, the Met Office, said if the cold snap continued it would set a new record for the month after two bitterly cold weeks in early December. With just days before Christmas, the weather conditions and plummeting temperatures caused disruption for road, rail and air travellers with huge motorway tailbacks in Germany and warnings from traffic police in some parts not to venture out except in an...
  • Arctic icecap safe from runaway melting: study (potential reprieve for polar bears... WHEW!!)

    12/15/2010 7:03:04 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 18 replies · 1+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 12/15/10 | Marlowe Hood
    PARIS (AFP) – There is no "tipping point" beyond which climate change will inevitably push the Arctic ice cap into terminal melt off, according to a study released Wednesday. The northern polar cap has shrunk between 15 and 20 percent over the last 30 years, unleashing concern that on current trends -- with regional temperature increases twice or triple the global average -- it could disappear entirely during the summer months by century's end. One of the factors in this calculation is a so-called positive feedback, in which a reduced area of floating ice helps to stoke global warming. As...
  • 'Rapid' 2010 melt for Arctic ice - but no record

    09/17/2010 9:11:38 AM PDT · by neverdem · 22 replies
    BBC News ^ | 16 September 2010 | Richard Black
    Ice floating on the Arctic Ocean melted unusually quickly this year, but did not shrink down to the record minimum area seen in 2007.That is the preliminary finding of US scientists who say the summer minimum seems to have passed and the ice has entered its winter growth phase.2010's summer Arctic ice minimum is the third smallest in the satellite era.Researchers say projections of summer ice disappearing entirely within the next few years increasingly look wrong...
  • Russia finds last-days log of famed 1912 Arctic expedition [ Georgy Brusilov ]

    09/14/2010 6:51:23 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 4 replies
    PhysOrg ^ | Monday, September 13, 2010 | AFP
    For decades mystery clouded the fate of the adventurer Georgy Brusilov -- captain of the first Russian crew to seek the elusive Arctic trade route from Asia to the West -- inspiring a generation of books and films. But the famed voyagers' remains and a journal -- dated to May 1913 from aboard their vessel, the Saint Anna -- were found this summer on the icy shores of Franz Josef Land, Europe's northernmost land mass... Midway into its epic journey along the Siberian coast, after navigating the perilous Vilkitsky Strait into the Kara Sea, the expedition ran aground on thick...
  • Canada Burnishes Its Position as Arctic Power

    08/31/2010 3:48:21 PM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 2 replies · 1+ views
    WSJ ^ | 8-30-10 | PHRED DVORAK
    The Canadian government on Monday announced that it had failed, in a small Arctic expedition it mounted last week, to find the remains of two British ships that disappeared more than 150 years ago seeking the fabled Northwest Passage. The trip had more than historical relevance: It marked the latest move in a bigger geopolitical game—Canada's ambition to burnish its position as an Arctic power. As the globe logs an unusually hot summer, Canada is boosting its presence in the warming and increasingly accessible Arctic. Driven by the promise of rich resources and a desire to control its northern waterways,...
  • Another Ice Island Breaks Off Arctic Glacier (Bermuda-sized, smaller than last month's tho)

    08/28/2010 2:08:52 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 29 replies ^ | 8/28/10 | Live Science
    Sometime earlier this month, a Bermuda-sized ice island broke free from the Ward Hunt Ice Shelf along the northern coast of Canada's Ellesmere Island. The breakup on this ice shelf continued a years-long pattern of retreat on the Ward Hunt Ice Shelf, and a decades-long pattern of retreat of the ice shelves along the Ellesmere coast in the high Arctic. NASA's Aqua satellite detected fractures on the shelf on Aug. 18. Compared to images of the ice shelf from eight years earlier, the fractures show the dramatic change to the coast. The fractures on the shelf in 2010 are immediately...
  • Huge ice sheet breaks from Greenland glacier

    08/07/2010 1:58:51 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 59 replies
    BBC ^ | 7 Aug 2010 | unattributed
    A giant sheet of ice measuring 260 sq km (100 sq miles) has broken off a glacier in Greenland, according to researchers at a US university. The block of ice separated from the Petermann Glacier, on the north-west coast of Greenland. It is the largest Arctic iceberg to calve since 1962, said Prof Andreas Muenchow of the University of Delaware. The ice could become frozen in place over winter or escape into the waters between Greenland and Canada. If the iceberg moves south, it could interfere with shipping, Prof Muenchow said. Cracks in the Petermann Glacier had been observed last...
  • Geology Picture of the Week, July 4-10, 2010: The High Arctic

    07/10/2010 9:56:59 PM PDT · by cogitator · 6 replies
    NASA Earth Observatory ^ | July 6, 2010 | NASA
    NASA's Earth Observatory put up this remarkably low-cloud view of the Arctic. The linked article has a smaller size labeled image. (Click for full-size, 10x bigger)
  • Extreme Brewing

    06/11/2010 9:19:05 PM PDT · by mlocher · 14 replies · 436+ views ^ | June 10, 2010 | Steven Bertoni
    Christopher Bowen is making a 4,000-mile beer run. This July the 43-year-old financial planner will ride a BMW motorcycle from his house in Bethlehem, Pa. up to the Hudson Bay in the Canadian Arctic. Once there, he'll set up camp and brew 100 gallons of beer using a 158-year-old recipe. No, this wasn't a plan dreamed up after a few too many cold ones. In 2007 Bowen watched a sealed 1852 bottle of Allsopp's Arctic Ale sell for $500,000 on Ebay. The final bid turned out to be bogus (Bowen thinks the bottle was worth $300,000), but the auction inspired...
  • Arctic Sea Ice Extent (Hooboy , Are we going to hear about it now)

    05/21/2010 4:13:26 AM PDT · by gusopol3 · 23 replies · 1,745+ views
    NSIDC ^ | May 21, 2010
    link only
  • Angelic conversations - Carmelite convent in Tromso, Norway

    04/09/2010 1:21:51 PM PDT · by NYer · 29 replies · 654+ views
    The Architectural Review via ^ | August, 1996 | Edith Ericsson
    In Norway's far north, amid a harsh landscape and unforgiving climate, Lund & Slaatto's convent for nuns of the reclusive Carmelite order embodies a pragmatic yet poetic sensibility.Carmelite nuns belong to one of the most introverted and reclusive monastic orders within the Catholic Church. Communication with the outside world is strictly limited and daily life is ordered by sustained periods of contemplation and meditation. The sisters own nothing and are totally self-sufficient. The new Carmelite convent in Tromse, far above the Arctic Circle, has the distinction of being the world's most northerly outpost of the order. Designed by Lund...
  • Arctic Sea Ice Melting Season Posts Latest Start on Record

    04/07/2010 9:27:10 AM PDT · by pissant · 9 replies · 465+ views
    BusinessWeek ^ | 4/7/10 | Alex Morales
    The extent of sea ice over the Arctic Ocean grew until the last day of March, the latest the annual melting season has begun in 31 years of satellite records, the U.S. National Snow and Ice Data Center said. Cold weather and winds from the north over the Bering Sea and Barents Sea meant that the area of ocean covered by ice expanded through last month, the Boulder, Colorado-based center said today in a statement on its Web site. That’s two days later than in 1999, the previous latest start to a melting season since satellite monitoring began in 1979....
  • Data of Sea Ice Extent (Arctic Sea Ice at 7 year High)

    04/07/2010 8:52:40 AM PDT · by Signalman · 3 replies · 319+ views
    IJIS ^ | 4/6/2010 | Unk
    See graph at link. Arctic sea ice (for date 4/6/2010) highest since 2003.
  • Increase in Arctic ice confounds doomsayers...

    04/05/2010 8:54:28 AM PDT · by Signalman · 21 replies · 1,066+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 4/3/2010 | Mail Online
    The amount of sea ice covering the Arctic dramatically increased last month, reaching levels not seen at this time of year for nearly a decade. The scientists who released the data stressed that last month's rise was part of yearly variations in ice cover and could not be taken as a sign that global warming is coming to an end. But sceptics argued that the findings undermined 'alarmist' claims that the North Pole could be free of summer ice by 2013. -snip- The best measure of the health of the Arctic was not only the amount of cover, but also...
  • Time Publishes Melting Arctic Scare Piece As Ice Levels Dramatically Rise

    04/04/2010 3:36:11 PM PDT · by jentilla · 9 replies · 687+ views
    On the same day that Time magazine published a scare piece about the melting Arctic seas, a British paper reported recent findings that ice levels have dramatically increased to levels not seen in almost a decade.
  • Arctic Sea Ice Extent (Anyone want to see arctic ice pack exceed 30 year average?)

    04/02/2010 7:08:01 PM PDT · by gusopol3 · 18 replies · 856+ views
    Area of ocean with at least 15% sea ice
  • Oops - Arctic Sea Ice about to hit normal (bad news for GW alarmists)

    04/01/2010 10:31:18 AM PDT · by Signalman · 12 replies · 481+ views
    Alaska Standard ^ | 3/31/2010 | Steven Goddard and Anthony Watts
    Barring an about face by nature or adjustments, it appears that for the first time since 2001, Arctic Sea ice will hit the “normal” line as defined by the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) for this time of year. NSIDC puts out an article about once a month called the Sea Ice News. It generally highlights any bad news they can find about the disappearance of Arctic ice. Last month’s news led with this sentence. In February, Arctic sea ice extent continued to track below the average, and near the levels observed for February 2007. But March brought...
  • Global Cooling Confirmed? Arctic Ice Returns to Normal

    04/01/2010 10:17:51 AM PDT · by Starman417 · 15 replies · 668+ views
    Flopping Aces ^ | 04-01-10 | Mike's America
    The latest nail in the global warming coffin!Remember all that alarmist nonsense about the Arctic melting with the consequences of the Polar Bears dying and the planet flooding? The alarmists pointed to thinning Arctic ice as proof the planet was warming and that we must listen to their dire predictions and raise the cost of everyone's energy (as if that would do anything to slow warming). Well, don't worry. Looks like Mother Nature has stepped in once again and put things right. The latest chart from the National Snow and Ice Data Center makes it clear: Steven Goddard and Anthony...
  • Oh, that inconvenient growing polar ice cap

    03/30/2010 7:29:12 PM PDT · by Signalman · 14 replies · 675+ views
    American Thinker ^ | 3/30/2010 | Jerry Schmitt
    Global warmists continue to circulate alarming warnings that the past winter was among the warmest on record. See, for example, Andrew Freeman's March 15 article in the Washington Post entitled " D.C.'s winter was cold, but the globe stayed toasty". Somehow the Arctic Ocean did not get the memo. See here for an update on the rapidly growing extent of the polar ice cap throughout March 2010. Remember, ice-water is used to calibrate thermometers (zero Celsius). Polar ice therefore a much more reliable, widespread indicator of global temperature than the geographically-limited, fallible, error-prone network--array of thermometers employed by the "Climate...
  • Arctic Sea Ice Grows

    03/15/2010 10:26:26 PM PDT · by neverdem · 52 replies · 1,300+ views
    American Thinker ^ | March 15, 2010 | Jerome J. Schmitt
    Sea-ice grows and retreats each winter.  Satellite images have record the extent of artic sea-ice coverage on a daily basis since 1979.  The trend in March 2010 shown here is well above the lowest coverage recorded in 2006-2007.  This should be encouraging news for all those alarmed that the ice-caps might be melting.