Thursday, May 14, 2009

thin ice or frostbrain ?

Three British scientists skiing to the North Pole ended their mission a bit early to ensure they'd get off the ice before the annual summer melt.

After facing -70 degree temperatures (with the wind chill), equipment failures because it was too cold, ration shortages because bad weather kept supply planes away, and a frostbitten toe, the team still insisted global warming was causing rapid ice melt.

They noticed less open water than expected, and yet, these scientists insist on sticking to the global warming story.

But even NASA agrees, Arctic sea ice melt has other causes.

A recent NASA JPL (http://www.nasa.gov/vision/earth/lookingatearth/quikscat-20071001.html) study shows that winds pushed the sea ice to lower latitudes where it melted. The NASA statement says:

Nghiem said the rapid decline in winter perennial ice the past two years was caused by unusual winds. “Unusual atmospheric conditions set up wind patterns that compressed the sea ice, loaded it into the Transpolar Drift Stream and then sped its flow out of the Arctic,” he said. When that sea ice reached lower latitudes, it rapidly melted in the warmer waters.

It's time to stop the spin.

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