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June 2014 was the coldest June recorded in Antarctic and its ice cap now at record size


The size of the Antarctic ice bed has been increasing in size for the pat ten years: Photo Antarctic NASA Goddard / Foter /Creative Commons

The size of the Antarctic ice bed has been increasing in size for the past ten years: Photo Antarctic NASA Goddard /Foter/Creative Commons

A press release by the Meteo France says this past June was the coldest June on record since the its Antarctic Dumont d’Urville Station station was set up in 1952.

According to Meteo France, the average temperature in June was -22.4c (-8.3F). This was 6.6c  (11.9F) degrees lower than any previous June. It is winter in the Southern Hemisphere.

Not only that, but June 2014 was also the second coldest month recorded behind only September 1953 which averaged -23.5c (-10.3F).

The Dumont d’Urville Station, found on Ile des Petreis, was built in 1952 after a base located 62 kms east of it burned down. It is used for scientific research and can house 30 people during the winter and 120 during the summer. The base has been permanently inhabited since 1956.

In the first week of July this year, the Antarctic sea ice levels hit an all time record in size. According to America’s National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC), which is funded by NASA, the ice coverage was about 16 million sq km. This is the largest ice coverage recorded by NSIDC since it began tracking the size of the ice bed in 1979. NSIDC tracks the size of the ice bed using satellites.

This year’s ice cap was 2.1 million sq km larger than expected for this time of the year and 1 million sq km larger than the long term average.

The ice cap has been increasing in size for the past ten years. A similar refreezing is also taking place in the Arctic.

This news has stunned those in the Global warming community. Scientists working with the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change predicted the ice caps in the Antarctic would shrink due to greenhouse gases. Yet, despite record amounts of CO2 pouring into the atmosphere each year, the exact opposite is occurring.

Some global warming scientists are now trying to suggest man-made Global warming will increase the Antarctic ice bed.

However, Judith Curry, who heads climate science at Atlanta’s Georgia Institute of Technology, doesn’t buy it. She attributes the rise and decline to the Antarctic sea cap to natural cycles. She also notes there has been no increase in the earth’s average temperature for the past 16 years and there is evidence the earth’s temperature may even be cooling.

Others have pointed to volcanic activity beneath the Antarctic ice as the reason for any melting.

This is not the first time they have missed the boat on their predictions. Others had predicted snow would become a thing of the past and in December 2013, a ship used by a group of scientists to study the impact of global warming in the Antarctic was caught in the ice requiring the group to be rescued by helicopter.

 

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