Polar Ice Cap is Shrinking Fast

North Atlantic Tropics Starting To Look More Favorable
07/26/2019, 10:28 am EDT
Record Negative Antarctic Oscillation Developing
07/30/2019, 10:07 am EDT
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The polar ice cap has constricted to 80% of the 1980-2010 climatology and rivals July 2012. The European heat wave has ended however the warmth shifts north and strikes Greenland this week accelerating ice melt.

European Heat Wave Ends, Shifts North to Greenland

Fig. 1: Latest sea ice extent analysis reveals mid-July 2019 is at 80% of the 1980-2010 climatology. Further rapid melting is likely this week due to very warm temperatures across Greenland.

Fig. 2: GFS OP temperature anomaly forecast for 0300 GMT on Tuesday indicates 15F-25F warm temperature anomalies across Greenland.

Discussion: The mid-July 2019 polar ice cap was measured at 7.84 million square miles which is 80% of the 1980-2010 climatology. Further melting occurs this week as remains of a European heat wave shifts north to Greenland and moderating but still capable of producing temperatures well above normal.