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Apparently, this is the 12th lowest-ever-recorded extent of arctic sea ice, this year, 2021. Twelf lowest is pretty low.  But the arctic ice expanse is 26 percent bigger than it was just a year ago.  Even though warming trends continued this year, it looks like ice melting has still managed to slow.  This is one  of those half glass of water being half empty or half full kind of things.

Whatever might be occuring or not occuring as a result of man-made climate change, the patterns are sure to be complex and yield results that, at least so far, no computer model seems to accurately be able to predict.  Let’s hope the ‘scientists’ don’t get locked into an easy fix that satisfies the political wants and needs of the mostpowerful when they come up with their surefire fixes to cure climate change.  Thank God something like that could never happen, though, ever.

Arctic Sea Ice Extent 26% Greater Than Last Year – But Still 12th-Lowest on Record

From scitechdaily.com
2021-09-27 10:23:53
NASA Earth Observatory
Excerpt:

Sea ice covered more area this summer compared to recent years, but it was also much thinner.

Sea ice in the Arctic Ocean and neighboring basins appears to have hit its annual minimum extent on September 16, 2021, after waning in the spring and summer. The summertime extent is the twelfth lowest in the satellite record, according to scientists at the National Snow and Ice Data Center and NASA.

The map at the top of this page shows the sea ice extent on September 16, 2021. The ice extent (white) on that day—defined as the total area in which the ice concentration is at least 15 percent—measured 4.72 million square kilometers (1.82 million square miles)—higher than in recent years. Sea ice extents in 2020 and 2019 were the second and third lowest on record at 3.74 million square kilometers in 2020 and 4.14 million in 2019.

Less sea ice melted in 2021 even as the planet as a whole was warmer than usual—with new temperature records in North America and…

 

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