Arctic Sea Ice Update: Less Ice Than 2008, Far Below 1979-2000 Average
Don’t fear the data.
The latest data on sea ice extent — updated on Thursday October 29, 2009 to reflect the most recently available data, up through Tuesday October 27, 2009 — in the arctic from the National Snow and Ice Data Center:
This updated data shows that as of October 27 2009, there’s less Arctic sea ice than there was in 2008, nearly as little as there was in 2007, and an amount that is far, far, many standard deviations below the 1979-2000 average.
Yearly data on the lowest sea ice extent each year (which happens each September):