Arctic Ice Grows, Refuses To Conform With Liberal Meme
By Bryan McAffee
The Register has a great story about the growth of the Arctic Ice this summer. Apparently, despite all computer assisted weather models and Global warming climate change hyperbole, there was an actual net gain in the arctic ice of about 30%:
Just a few weeks ago, predictions of Arctic ice collapse were buzzing all over the internet. Some scientists were predicting that the “North Pole may be ice-free for first time this summer”.
Others predicted that the entire “polar ice cap would disappear this summer”.The Arctic melt season is nearly done for this year. The sun is now very low above the horizon and will set for the winter at the North Pole in five weeks. And none of these dire predictions have come to pass. Yet there is, however, something odd going on with the ice data.
The National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) in Boulder, Colorado released an alarming graph on August 11, showing that Arctic ice was rapidly disappearing, back towards last year’s record minimum. Their data shows Arctic sea ice extent only 10 per cent greater than this date in 2007, and the second lowest on record….
The problem is that this graph does not appear to be correct. Other data sources show Arctic ice having made a nice recovery this summer. NASA Marshall Space Flight Center data shows 2008 ice nearly identical to 2002, 2005 and 2006. Maps of Arctic ice extent are readily available from several sources, including the University of Illinois, which keeps a daily archive for the last 30 years
So, according to the data liberals would have us believe (I mean, the NSIDC is located in Boulder, I’m sure they are not on the take) the increase was only 10%, but according to other data the increase in ice is about 30%.
So, who to believe? That is the problem with the Al Gore crowd and anyone else who believes this hoax, the data is absolutely all over the map on climate change. Computer models predict one thing and something else entirely happens. The whole point of science is to try to make predictions about the natural world. If you predictions never are correct, why even try? Of course, the answer to that is you keep trying to induce more panic, thereby increasing university grants, which spews out more false models, thus perpetuating the cycle.