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December: the cool got chillier, the warm even toastier

Posted on January 3rd by Tom Yulsman. 5
Climatic seeds planted in September blossom into a fascinating pattern by December When the next round of monthly updates on global temperature trends comes out, my ...

N. Atlantic sea surface temperatures ran high in October

Posted on November 8th by Tom Yulsman. %
Sea surface temperatures in the North Atlantic during October were well above normal, as seen in this image from NOAA's Environmental Visualization Laboratory. Air temperatures in the Arctic ...

The climate votes last

Posted on November 3rd by Tom Yulsman. 4
For climate policy, the election was a mixed bag. For the climate itself, the observations remain unequivocal Yesterday's election results don't bode well for bold action on climate and energy ...

Arctic sea ice: an area the size of 23 states now gone

Posted on October 4th by Tom Yulsman.
Since 1970's, Arctic sea ice extent has shrunk 30%. This summer alone, an area the size of Alaska disappeared, relative to the long-term average for summer Update 10/5/10: Since I ...

Arctic sea ice extent in August: 2nd lowest on record

Posted on September 7th by Tom Yulsman. %
The extent of Arctic sea ice in August was the second lowest in the satellite record, according to a report issued today by the National Snow and ...

Sea ice clears and fabled passages open

Posted on August 28th by Tom Yulsman.
For only the fourth time in recorded history, sea ice has melted enough for the fabled Northwest Passage to open. At the same time, the Northeast Passage along the ...

Sea ice clearing early from Northwest Passage

Posted on August 17th by Tom Yulsman.
This quote from today's National Snow and Ice Data Center's update on Arctic sea ice caught my attention: Conditions in the Northwest Passage are quite variable and do ...

Arctic sea ice continues its long-term decline

Posted on August 4th by Tom Yulsman. 3
But a new record low for the year is now considered unlikely The linear rate of decline of Arctic sea ice in July between 1979 and 2010 is now 6.4 ...

January through April was warmest in 131 years

Posted on May 23rd by Tom Yulsman. 5
In case you mised it, NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies announced on May 17 that the first quarter four months of 2010 was were the warmest such period ...

The paranoid style in American climate politics

Posted on April 6th by Tom Yulsman. 9
Brett Stephens of the Wall Street Journal wrote a column in today's Wall Street Journal [subscription required] that brought me right back to the 1960s and 1970s. That was ...

It’s official: Arctic sea ice recovered in March

Posted on April 6th by Tom Yulsman. 6
The news has already been batted around in newspapers and on the blogosphere for a few days, but today the National Snow & Ice Data Center made ...

Arctic sea ice extent in January fourth lowest on record

Posted on March 2nd by Tom Yulsman. 10
The extent of Arctic sea ice in January was the fourth lowest on record, according to the monthly report of the National Snow and Ice Data Center, released today. In ...

Arctic melt season is getting longer

Posted on January 30th by Tom Yulsman.
The climate bats last — again These images show how the melt-season for Arctic sea ice changed between 1979 and 2007. The image on the left shows changes to the ...

Feeling cold? Consider Baffin Island for a (relatively) balmy get-away

Posted on January 5th by Tom Yulsman. 5
Arctic air is sweeping south and enveloping an increasing portion of the lower 48 states. On Monday, the low in International Falls, Minnesota, plunged to negative 37 degrees, the coldest ...

Arctic sea ice doesn’t care about the temperature where you live

Posted on January 4th by Tom Yulsman.
I hope everyone had a very happy holidays. I went on a bit of a break for a little over a week. But I'm back now. And here where I live ...