Monday, August 11, 2014
Rapid disintegration rate may not be measured accurately because there is more than 15% of sea ice left.
Rapid ice shoreline melting
as the sea surface, any warming obliterates it to water. A second melting process, quite interesting by its look, may be a precursor to a complete melting of larger chunks of sea ice. A melting occurs in the middle of a pack, likely because there was thinner ice laced with leads there. Thawing spreads outwards by sunlight warming sea water ever more so taking hold of the region. Compaction moves the ice as a whole, warmer water reaches the scattered ice and envelopment is amplified. Again the rate of melting is extremely fast, considering the ice appeared to have withstood the onslaught of summer hardly unscathed, but it is not so, sea ice was transformed, from hard and cold to as warm as sea water and soft, ripe for elimination. In 2007 this process occurred earlier with a combination of warmer weather and total insolation which devastated the thickest pack ice very quickly. But same process, even with lower cooler sun, it happens just as much. WdAugust11,2014
of shore ice vanishing as quick as I have ever seen it, thanks to buoy data, we know why, again data remote sensing numbers don't suggest, not even a mere hint of this action. So the proper interpretation
of ice status is not 2 dimensional but 4, consisting of area, thickness and temperature. A glance of larger ice extent does not tell the whole picture. For instance, the ability of sea ice to change the weather depends on its temperature, not acting as a heat sink affects Global Circulations which in turn affect the pack same as any meteorological feedback mechanism. wd August 12, 2014