Thursday, 13 October 2016

It's all going a lot J G Ballard

This is the last post on this blog for a while, I don't know how long, I don't even know if I will resume. Given my nature it is likely that when I have more free time in a few years some other shiny puzzle will attract my attention. I will be putting comments on moderation in due course but will try to pop in to check them, but being very busy I might not make it as often as I'd like.

This decision is because of two factors: I have my savings outside of the UK now and need to keep my eye on business matters in order to actively manage my investments. I am now on the Financial Times website far more than any climate change or sea ice related site. Also the impacts of the disastrous Brexit vote are already starting to hit UK industry and I am finding my day job takes more of my time. Something has to give, it's not going to be walking, computer gaming, mixing music, watching films, radio tinkering, so it will have to be sea ice.

When the vote was made back in June I did a post entitled It's all going a bit J G Ballard. Now, nearly three months on, it is far worse. And, as I keep having to remind deluded Brexit voters, we haven't even left the EU yet!


Sunday, 11 September 2016

The August Extent Loss Oscillation: 2016 Update

Back in 2014 I suggested that there may be an oscillation of extent loss. According to the supposed oscillation this year should have seen a large loss in August, this didn't happen.

Monday, 25 July 2016

The Great British Omnishambles


Omnishambles, noun, British, informal: 
A situation that has been comprehensively mismanaged, characterized by a string of blunders and miscalculations.

Sunday, 3 July 2016

June 2016 Status

I have set aside consideration of how to decouple my savings and investments from the British economy and return to sea ice for the first time in about 2 weeks. What I see reflects the conclusions in my previous post, there is very little chance of a new record this year.

Wednesday, 29 June 2016

No Early Warning of a 2016 Crash

Last May I put forward an early warning indicator for late summer sea ice crashes. What is the state of that indicator like this year?

Monday, 27 June 2016

Adventures in Microscopy - June 2016

Before the end of the month I may have some more to say about the mindless vote of the British people to leave the EU. But for now...

Saturday, 25 June 2016

Justine Greening brings much needed good news

The last few days have been just terrible, with the UK voting itself on a path to economic failure and irrelevance on the world stage. MP Justine Greening however has given us some good news.

Friday, 24 June 2016

It's all going a bit JG Ballard

Britain has voted to leave the EU. This all happened because the governing Conservative party tried to stem the loss of voters starting to vote for the UK Independence Party.

Saturday, 18 June 2016

Sunday, 12 June 2016

Why should interannual variability increase as Arctic Sea ice thins?

I've tried various ways of looking at interannual variability of sea ice, but haven't found a strong signal of recent increase. Yet I remained convinced that a signal of increased interannual variability should increase. Why?

Thursday, 9 June 2016

PIOMAS May Volume Loss

Now that the PIOMAS main series of total volume is out I can look at what that shows about the May volume loss. This being the first part of the overall spring volume loss.

Wednesday, 1 June 2016

Will Beaufort Stall?

In the Sea Ice Prediction Network releases this year is a report from Haas et al (PDF). In which they note that elements of the evidence suggest that "that the MYI in the region has the same or slightly smaller chances of survival in the coming summer than it had in 2015." However they do point out that it is more fragmented than in 2015.

This raises a question I have pondered, brought about by the detailed behaviour of melt in Beaufort. I expect near open water condition by September, but I wonder if there will be a stall in extent losses in Beaufort on the way to that state.

Sunday, 15 May 2016

GISS April

GISS global temperature anomaly data is out for April. The last 7 months have been above 1degC global anomaly.


Saturday, 14 May 2016

Temperatures over the ice: Normal for the new normal

Temperature has been obtained from NCEP/NCAR as timeseries and composites. There is evidence supporting suggestions of melt ponding along the Alaskan coast, but much of the pack is cool/normal for recent years. Click on images to enlarge.

Monday, 9 May 2016

How did Beaufort get in this state?

In comments on an earlier post Iceman raised the question of how Beaufort got in the state it is in. As I wasn't immediately able to answer it off the top of my head I thought I had better look into it.

I'll start with a recap, then go on to examine how Beaufort ended up in such a fragile state.

Wednesday, 4 May 2016

PIOMAS April 2016

Thanks, as always, to Dr Zhang and the PIOMAS team at the Polar Science Center for making gridded PIOMAS products available to amateurs such as myself. It's early May and April PIOMAS data is out. April is the peak of volume and ice state in April is one of the primary initial conditions that sets the scene for the coming melt season.

Monday, 2 May 2016

Beaufort Starts Early

The 2016 sea ice melt season in the Arctic has started, Beaufort starts early this year, but does this mean it is starting as it means to continue?

The August Extent Loss Oscillation (a belated 2015 update)

In 2014 I posted about an apparent oscillation of August extent loss, I updated this with preliminary data in August 2015, but failed to return to the issue to see how things actually turned out. As this issue has a bearing on the post that follows, and prompted by reading a comment at Neven's blog about claimed cycles in sea ice, I am posting this to update data on last year's August extent loss.

Sunday, 1 May 2016

Beaufort Cryosat February

Beaufort has already started to collapse, I will have more about that in a post to follow when I have the time tomorrow. For now, I have amended images from Meereisportal for a close look at Cryosat 2 ice thickness in Beaufort.

More commentary about the recent Cryosat 2 data is available from Neven at the Arctic Sea Ice Blog.

Tuesday, 19 April 2016

Problems with DMSP-F17 SSMIS data

So far this month NSIDC have suspended all processing of the Sea Ice Index (G02135). This is explained on the NSIDC Sea Ice Index page as follows.
Notice (04/05/2016): Due to issues with the DMSP-F17 SSMIS data used to create the Sea Ice Index, we are suspending processing and investigating the problem with our data providers. Learn More. For questions, contact NSIDC User Services.

Monday, 28 March 2016

What is interesting about maximum extent?

The maximum has never excited me in the way the minimum extent can, but there is something interesting about it.

Wednesday, 9 March 2016

PIOMAS 29 February

PIOMAS data is now out. So here is a summary of the data based on the gridded data provided by the PIOMAS team. Once again thanks is due to the PIOMAS team for making this data available and up to date.

Friday, 4 March 2016

Extreme Arctic Warmth Continued into February

NCEP/NCAR temperature data is now out for February 2015, it shows January's staggering warmth in the Arctic continuing.


Sunday, 28 February 2016

PIOMAS on 31 January

As promised in the comments of my previous post, I am going to break down the difference between January 2015 and January 2016 in terms of region and thickness.


Monday, 22 February 2016

How is the Volume Pulse going?

Earlier this month I didn't have the time to look at January's PIOMAS data, and still don't really aim to cover PIOMAS in detail until April's data is out in early May. At that stage I will make my prediction for this year's SIPN. However I have been looking at how the volume pulse is going and thought I'd do a quick update on it.

Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Why is extent so low?

This post looks at why Northern Hemisphere (NH) sea ice extent is so low at present. A commenter Dreesen asked what I thought about it, and due to work pressures I hadn't looked at sea ice for weeks. The low sea ice is likely due to a combination of long term reduction due to global warming and weather in the North Atlantic. But temperatures in January were extreme, and I lack a convincing answer as to why.

(This post was largely written on Sunday but I've been too busy to do a final check and post until now.)

Sunday, 24 January 2016

2015 Record Temperature

As you already know 2015 was the warmest year on record in the instrumental record, at an anomaly of 0.87degC this is a substantial new record. Anyway, for what it's worth, here are a few comments and graphs (late because I've been too busy at work).

Saturday, 9 January 2016

How goes the Arctic Night?

Well, there's been more UK flooding, this time in Scotland, however I'm not going to get into the habit of covering every flood event, I've said all I can say at present in my my previous post. For this post I want to take a quick look at how the cold of the winter's 'Arctic night' is proceeding.

Tuesday, 5 January 2016

UK Rainfall: Loading the Dice

Using UK annual precipitation, the probability of a very wet year has increased, from 1/6 before 1990 to 3/6 after 1990.

In simple terms:

Before 1990 a very wet year had the same probability as that for rolling one dice for the number you picked, after 1990 three sides have the number you pick.