Hottest year & decade on record as Arctic sea ice faces record low

It’s hot, isn’t it? In fact, worldwide, we just had the warmest May, warmest Spring, and warmest January-May on record – that’s according to the National Oceanic Atmospheric Association (NOAA) of the US government – and that’s all despite the fact we’ve been in “the deepest solar minimum in nearly a century”.

It’s hot, isn’t it?

In fact, worldwide, we just had the warmest May, warmest Spring, and warmest January-May on record – that’s according to the National Oceanic Atmospheric Association (NOAA) of the US government – and that’s all despite the fact we’ve been in “the deepest solar minimum in nearly a century”.

It was also the hottest April on record in the NASA dataset. More significantly, NASA says it followed hot on the heels of the hottest March and hottest Jan-Feb-March on record. NASA, of course, predicted precisely this would happen this year, and they have produced this handy little graph to highlight the warming trend we’ve been seeing:

Meanwhile, the National Snow and Ice Data Centre (NSIDC) have produced the following graph to show what’s happening to Arctic Sea Ice as a result. As you can see, it’s heading to its lowest ever levels. Essentially the ice is just getting thinner and disappearing.

Arctic-sea-ice-extent-June-2010

Joe Romm at Climateprogress.org has highlighted how inconvenient all this is for the world’s most-read climate denier blogger, Anthony Watts. He has said:

“Arctic Basin ice generally looks healthier than 20 years ago.”

And:

“Over the last three years, Arctic Ice has gained significantly in thickness….  Conclusion : Should we expect a nice recovery this summer due to the thicker ice? You bet ya.”

Oh dear Anthony. Could it be possible to be more comprehensively proved wrong?

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