As many readers know, the predictions for record low sea ice minimums in 2008 were not met, and 2008 ended up about 9% higher than in 2007 at the end of the season. See the report here.
Now in looking at AMSR-E satellite data, the red line on the graph below, one can see that the recovery is at a significantly faster rate than in recent years.
Click for larger image
I’m not one to read much into this, as to do so would be to make the same mistake as was done earlier this year when the NSIDC melt trend led one researcher there to conclude that we’d see an “ice free north pole”.
This graph from the National Snow and Ice Data Center, I published with annotations on July 14th 2008, which was oft cited back in early June with the phrase “if this trend continues…”.
Image from July 14th, 2008. Click for larger image – annotation added
So we will watch and wait to see if the current recovery continues at the same trend as shown by AMSR-E satellite data today, or gets softened. It is rather interesting to see this increased ice extent increase in September when both UAH and GISS reported warmer global temperature anomalies, including the northern hemisphere, for September.
h/t to Magnus