The sky has fallen

The north pole has melted Even as the science turns out to be even less settled than some of us have thought, the temperature continues to not rise and the estimates of the amount it might rise by hed ever lower the climate change alarmists continue undaunted. It seems that on July 22nd the North Pole became a lake and they have a photo to prove it! If that photo wasn’t enough to convince you, and if you’re so heartless that you don’t care about the increasing polar bear numbers proving they’ve all drowned due to global warming then consider this terror scenario that has been accompanying that image (from 1,000,000 Strong Against Offshore Drilling)
“In response to the meltdown underneath his headquarters, Santa Claus has moved his operations into exile in an unknown country. At his last North Pole press conference on July 21, he urged especially children to push for action on climate change since adults have clearly not been doing enough to stem and reverse global warming. When questioned by reporters, he refused to make a prediction whether the upcoming Christmas season will be affected and whether or not he will visit high level carbon polluters.”

Yep, that’s right due to global warming Santa Claus will cancel Christmas!! Quite frankly with this level of crass manipulation I’m amazed that they didn’t claim that Santa has drowned and that the only way for children to save him would be to rise up and destroy all cars and power stations. I may be a bit of a softy but I really do have top wonder about the morals and ethics of a campaign that seemingly so happily stoops to such levels.

There’s a less batshit insane account of the formation of this lake on live “science” (I think in this case putting “science” in quotes is called for). Where they do acknowledge that melt water ponds like this do form, which I’m guessing will be why that camera was put on a floating buoy to start with. In fact given how much of a pain it is to get stuff out to the north pole, it’s almost as if the people who put the buoy there rather expected melt water pools to form and took precautions against it. Mind the live science guys do seem to think that the Artic skies should be full of snow and ice and howling gales all year round, Summer must really be terribly confusing for them.

Of course if you head over to the site the image came from they tell a rather different story:
“3) Are you alarmed at the appearance of the water near the North Pole?

No, melt ponds form every year, and considering Web Camera 1, the melt pond coverage at this location (the cameras and buoys have drifted to about 85°N, 5°W) looks pretty typical for this time of year and this location. Actually, we are more concerned about the extensive melt pond coverage that we have found on the Alaskan side of the Arctic Ocean as part of our Office of Naval Research-funded Seasonal Ice Zone Reconnaissance Surveys on U.S. Coast Guard Arctic Domain Awareness flights.”

But it’s still a sign of catastrophic climate change right?… nope seems not
“4) Is the appearance of the pond due to global warming?

No, not specifically. These melt ponds are a normal part of the seasonal cycle of the sea ice. With respect to global warming, we are more concerned when we see warm air temperatures in the winter that inhibit ice growth and the appearance of heat in the ocean that would melt the bottom surface of the ice.”

Oh and as of today the buoy is once more back on solid ice, so guess Santa won’t have to cancel Christmas after all.

not-melted north pole

Oh and if you go to the image archive” you can watch the ice melting and reforming but browsing through past images.

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2 Responses to The sky has fallen

  1. Katabasis says:

    “With respect to global warming, we are more concerned when we see warm air temperatures in the winter that inhibit ice growth and the appearance of heat in the ocean that would melt the bottom surface of the ice.”

    – Back to the old heat hidden in the oceans meme. Yeah, about that guys, see below. Red line is above surface, blue is below.

    http://imb.crrel.usace.army.mil/irid_data/2012G_thick.png

    • Giolla says:

      I guess they’ll be concerned if it actually ever happens, and until then they’ve got to look out for their budget