October 8, 2009

You would think people would be happy to hear this...

Antarctica's ice story has been put on ice — Watts Up With That?:

Where are the headlines? Where are the press releases? Where is all the attention?

The ice melt across during the Antarctic summer (October-January) of 2008-2009 was the lowest ever recorded in the satellite history.

Such was the finding reported last week by Marco Tedesco and Andrew Monaghan in the journal Geophysical Research Letters:
A 30-year minimum Antarctic snowmelt record occurred during austral summer 2008—2009 according to spaceborne microwave observations for 1980—2009. Strong positive phases of both the El-Niño Southern Oscillation (ENSO) and the Southern Hemisphere Annular Mode (SAM) were recorded during the months leading up to and including the 2008—2009 melt season.
The silence surrounding this publication was deafening.

It would seem that with oft-stoked fears of a disastrous sea level rise coming this century any news that perhaps some signs may not be pointing to its imminent arrival would be greeted by a huge sigh of relief from all inhabitants of earth (not only the low-lying ones, but also the high-living ones, respectively under threat from rising seas or rising energy costs).

But not a peep...

Allie in Antartica

(The picture is of a good friend of the Weidners, Allie Barden. And yes, she is in Antarctica, and yes, it is cold. Read more here.)

Posted by John Weidner at October 8, 2009 7:07 AM
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