NSIDC’s Mark Serreze must be thrilled, as he’ll now be able to justify some of his press releases. Gore must be ecstatic that his 2013 “Entire north polar ice cap will be gone in 5 years” prediction has come in way ahead of schedule.
Click for the current Arctic Ice image.
Notice the contrast between Arctic and Antarctic. I can hear the Angelic choruses of “we told you so” taking flight now. Oh, wait.
* Hmmm, at second glance it looks like some sort of malfunction. We’ve seen this before in the SSMI sensor, perhaps something similar is going on now.
Even so, you’d think they’d notice it on their main webpage, and you’d think they’d put something up on the webpage to tell visitors about it?
Why do us bloggers have to be the ones to catch these things?
h/t to WUWT reader Tom who writes: “Hi Anthony, Looks like Al Gore was wrong about an ice free summer in a few years. Latest image from Cryosphere Today shows we’re ice free today.”
UPDATE: News travels fast. Within about 30 minutes of posting this essay poking a little fun at CT, the correct images are back online now which you can see here:
As WUWT commenter “Steamboat Jack” says: “That current Arctic Ice image was so pretty (and full of hidden meaning!) that I made it my desktop background!”
For those that missed the ice free interlude and would like to do the same, here is the hi-res “ice free Arctic” image.
UPDATE: This message has been added to the Cryosphere Today main web page:
Sept. 14, 2009: No, the Arctic ice did not disappear this AM. There was a processing glitch in our maps for about an hour that caused the NH maps to be displayed without their sea ice. We apologize for any confusion.