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FIRE-EARTH Alert: Low Polar Ice Extents

Posted by feww on January 8, 2017

‘Low sea ice extent continues in both poles’

Arctic sea ice extent for December 2016 averaged 12.10 million km², the second lowest December extent in the satellite record, NSDIC reported.

Sea ice in the Arctic and the Antarctic set record low extents every day in December, continuing the pattern that began in November. Warm atmospheric conditions persisted over the Arctic Ocean, notably in the far northern Atlantic and the northern Bering Sea. Air temperatures near the Antarctic sea ice edge were near average. For the year 2016, sea ice extent in both polar regions was at levels well below what is typical of the past several decades.

It was 20,000 km² more than the record December low in 2010, and 1.03 million km² less than below the long-term average (December 1981 to 2010).

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