Oceans

How stable is deep ocean circulation in warmer climate?

If circulation of deep waters in the Atlantic stops or slows due to climate change, it could cause cooling in northern North America and Europe—a scenario that has occurred during past cold glacial periods. Now, a Rutgers coauthored study suggests that short-term disruptions of deep ocean circulation occurred...

The warmth continues

There seems to be no respite in the exceptional warmth that we have seen across much of Europe, Scandinavia and western Russia this winter. Mean temperature anomalies for the first thirteen days of March are close to +10°C across the Ukraine, it’s no wonder that the SST’s in...

Arctic Sea Ice – highest since 2012-13

As far as I can see from the SII data that I download from the NSIDC, it looks like the Arctic sea ice season 2019-20 has returned the highest maximum sea ice extent in seven years to confound many of the experts. Admittedly a lot of the sea...

Antarctic Sea Ice : 2019-20

I think we can safely say that the season minimum in the Antarctic has now been passed on the 19th of February, a couple of days earlier than average, with a minimum sea ice extent of 2.656 million square kilometres in the SII data that I download from...

Highest sea ice extent since 2015

The Arctic sea ice extent on the 11th of February was the highest for that date since 2015. The total had climbed to within two standard deviations of average and was only 3.8% below the 1988-2016 LTA for that date, which is quite remarkable given that it started from the second lowest minimum on record back in September,

Second Pacific warm blob

All we need now is a warm blob to suddenly occur of the coast of Japan and for Godzilla to make an appearance!

Super mild Europe and Russia

Mean temperatures across Russia have continued to be well above average so far this January as they were in December.

Return of the blob

Is it time to bring Captain Nemo or perhaps Troy Tempest out of retirement to investigate the cause of the latest warm blob in the Pacific ocean?