Posted: January 25, 2014 by tallbloke in solar system dynamics

Great piece on Arctic sea ice.

Sunrise's Swansong

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Portrait of the artist first writing on sea-ice; coastal Maine, January 1977

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The artist “berging;”  coastal Maine, March 1977

(photo credits for above pictures: Joe Nichols)

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Nearly forty years ago, back when nobody talked of Global Warming, I lived up on the coast of Maine during a series of remarkably cold winters in the late 1970’s, residing in a shack on a dock on the Harraseeket River in South Freeport.  I worked landscaping, house-and-dog-sitting, posing as a nude model for an art school, managing a local market, “creasing sails” in a sail loft, in a herring cannery, but mostly as little as possible.  I was young. I was stupid. But I was learning.

One thing I learned about was sea ice, because I sauntered about on it.  Some of the…

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  1. hunter says:

    That is a beautiful essay. Well written, highly informative and fun. I was not aware of the blog before. I will visit it regularly in the future.

  2. Brian H says:

    Yeah, he writes a treat, doesn’t he? Pretty good “witness”, too. If you dare, venture into his recent archives, and wallow around.

    He poetically approved my “lamerick” about him:

    A meteorologist in balmy New Hampshire
    Watched Arctic Highs with something like rapture.
    When one smashed down from the north
    He stalked back and forth,
    Saying, “That was a good’un, fer damshure!”

    (Slightly edited)

  3. hunter says:

    What an excellent bit of doggerel. It is going to be a nice experience to get to know this blog.

  4. tchannon says:

    So that’s Caleb. Romping good yarn, no, story, no, I know, saga.

    Incidentally one difficulty with sensing by satellite is distinguishing between water and water, ponding. Also difficult is polarization hiding reality. This seems to end with statistical guessing, making assumptions about must-be-clear, can’t be any there.

    Last long look, very long, I took at Arctic sea ice data reached the conclusion there is a straight line but nature doesn’t do straight lines, nor is that sensible, there is an artefact from stitching together a variety of different sets of data from instruments with different characteristics and different orbits. Whole thing is a bit dubious.

    It has not become better with news from IJIS/JAXA as expected changing back from Windsat to the new and it seems different AMSU-2, reprocessing the older data. Yet another crack.

    “Sep. 6, 2013 The sea ice extent data were revised. [Click for details]”
    Link from this page http://www.ijis.iarc.uaf.edu/en/home/seaice_extent.htm