Someone’s left the fridge door open for far too long in the Arctic

I downloaded the latest sea ice extent data from the NSIDC this evening fully expecting to find the 2019-20 season remained the lowest on record for the ninth of August as it a has been for the last few weeks, but surprisingly the sharp decline in this seasons sea ice extent suddenly slowed and then bucked up during the last week of July and the first week of August, and all of a sudden 2020 is now only third lowest for the 9th, and well ahead of both last year and 2012. Perhaps someone has left the fridge door open for far too long and decided to shut it with an early autumn for the Arctic or maybe the warm smoky southerly winds blowing off Siberia have veered to the north.

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