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Arctic Sea Ice for February at Record Low for Second Consecutive Month

Posted by feww on March 5, 2016

Arctic Sea ice reformed or refroze up to 60 days later than average in 2015

Arctic sea ice extent for February was the lowest extent in the satellite record for the month.  Averaging 14.22 million km², it was 1.16 million km² below the 1981 to 2010 long-term average of 15.4 million km², breaking the previous record low (February 2005) by 200,000 km², reported the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC).

arctic ice

arctic ice curve

Credit: National Snow and Ice Data Center

Antarctic sea ice extent

Antarctic sea ice extent reached its annual minimum on February 19, averaging 2.6 million km²,  the ninth lowest Antarctic sea ice minimum extent in the satellite record.

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