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Global Sea Ice Sets Early Year Record High

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Meteorologist Cody Matz Meteorologist Cody Matz

In the age where all we hear is the steady decline of ArcticSea Ice, it is interesting to know that the global amount of sea ice actually seta daily record high last week. The global ice cover now tops 19 million squarekilometers which is the fastest we have hit that mark since records began inthe late 70's.


What's also interesting to note is that global sea ice hasactually been on the rise in the last year or so with a big jump in overall seaice in 2013 back to the levels that are considered "normal."

Well, what you also may not realize is while Arctic sea icecontinues its overall decrease; although it was up substantially this winter,Antarctic sea ice continues its increase. Look at the graph below comparing the overall trends of ice from the topof the earth to the bottom.


They have a near opposite relationship with the North Polelosing ice and the South Pole gaining it, just not as quickly.  So the steady decline of global sea icecontinues, but could this be a sign that ice will be back on the rise followthe typical waxing and waning patterns of all global phenomena? That's a goodquestion, but unfortunately nobody knows the answer to that until it happens soI guess we will just have to wait and see.

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