I warned the world before, and they ignored me, but the evidence continues to mount. The Southern Hemisphere, and maybe the entire world, is headed for a frozen doom.
All day long polar orbiting satellites fly over the Antarctic and the surrounding ocean and measure the extent of the sea ice. The amount of ice waxes and wanes with the seasons, ranging from about 2 to 16 million square kilometers between southern summer and winter.
Thirty years of this satellite data have made it possible to calculate the average ice extent for any given day of the year. The deviation from this average is called the “anomaly.” It is this anomaly data that reveals the impending drastic changes in the Southern Hemisphere.
Here is the anomaly data for the last three years from the University of Illinois’ Polar Research Group…
The anomaly is increasing by half a million extra square kilometers every year!!! To put this in perspective, the Earth has a surface area of about 500 million square kilometers. Roughly speaking, an additional 1/1000th of the Earth’s surface is covered by ice each year. Consider that the Southern Hemisphere sea ice maxes out at about 16 million square kilometers each year, then 32 years of the current increase rate would double this amount.
By 2050, a mere 36 years from now, the ice encased Tierra Del Fuego on the southern tip of South America will replace Greenland as the most ironically named place on Earth. By 2100 the dairy farms surrounding the town of Gore in the Southern Plains of the South Island of New Zealand will be a frozen mockery to the same-named purveyor of global warming alarmism.
Here is what is in store for the Southern Hemisphere…
You can’t deny this. This is science! My conclusion is based on the proven analysis techniques of NASA climate scientist Jay Zwally.
Has the 21st century brought us to a tipping point?
All the best data indicates that a tipping point has already occurred. Think about this: according to NOAA data (see here and here) 8 out of 10 years with greatest Southern Hemisphere sea ice extent have occurred since 2000! Here they are in order…
We also now know that the all time low temperature for the Antarctic was reached in 2010. Satellite data shows that on August 10th, 2010, the Antarctic temperature descended to 136 ºF (minus 93 ºC). This shattered the previous record of minus 128.6 ºF (minus 89.2 ºC), set in 1983.
That is a drop in the minimum recorded temperature of 7.4 ºF in a mere 27 years. If that continues, as indicated by Jay Zwally type analysis, then the low temperature by 2100 could be minus 159 ºF (minus 106 ºC)!!!
The effects are already being felt
It is now the warm season in the Southern Hemisphere. Sea ice is making its seasonal retreat, yet the Russian cruise ship, Akademik Shokalskiy, is trapped in the sea ice with “52 tourists, scientists and explorers” and a crew of 22. You would think the combined brains of all those scientists on board would have kept them out of the zone of freezing water. While the ship’s brochure points out that “Views are excellent from the large, open decks and the Navigation Bridge’” maybe they couldn’t see the ice coming from the vantage point of the “Lounge and bar, open late afternoon and evening with a wide selection of wines and spirits” (an essential feature of all scientific research vessels). Our prayers go out to the scientists and others on this harrowing adventure as ice breakers race to free them the frozen grip of the sea. I hope the sauna stays warm and the booze holds out until they get there.
Why the great silence?
Where are the voices of leading scientists and environmentalists? Why haven’t you seen anything about this impeding hemispheric disaster on the front pages of the news papers or on prime-time news reports? A subsequent post will soon answer those questions and break this issue wide open.