I don’t know how many times I can repeat this?
According to the modellers this was not supposed to happen this century but it is and if we don’t get to the million square kilometers of ice that Prof. Wadhams considers a blue sea event this year we are getting ever closer.
I imagine that the conservative IPPC and the modellers like Gavin Schmidt will be trying to cover up the inaccuracies of their models as well as the true state of affairs.
We are sure to see graphs of the sea ice extent (which shows a bad enough situation) but information that shows the disappearance of old multi-year ice and shows just how thin the ice really is (as in the graphic below) will not be so easy to come by.
How convenient that funding cuts now mean that we can no longer get photos like the one below (from the 2013 melt)!
The Vanishing of Old Arctic Sea Ice Is In Overdrive
What is Old Arctic Sea Ice?
Time lapse of the age of sea ice in the Arctic from week to week since 1990, updated through the March 2016 winter maximum. The oldest ice (9 or more years old) is white. Seasonal ice is darkest blue. Old ice drifts out of the Arctic through the Fram Strait (east of Greenland), but in recent years, it has also been melting as it drifts into the southernmost waters of the Beaufort Sea (north of western Canada and Alaska, Source: NOAA).