WetEV wrote:So what happened with Antarctic sea ice this year? Why a record low minimum extent? Global temperature record high, and Antarctic sea ice record low extent? Oh, do explain.
Sure, I'll explain it to you since you seem to think it melted. It didn't melt.
Here is what happened, according to the National Sea Ice Data Center
NSIDC wrote:The early maximum appears to be the result of an intense wind pattern in September, spanning nearly half of the continent from the Wilkes Land area to the Weddell Sea, and centered on the Amundsen Sea. Stronger than average low pressure in this area, coupled with high pressure near the Falkland Islands, and near the southern tip of New Zealand in the Pacific Ocean, created two regions of persistent northwesterly winds. Sea ice extent decreased in the areas where the northwesterly winds reached the ice front.
What happens with sea ice is that it gets blown by the wind. When the wind blows strongly against the ice front, it compresses the ice into a smaller extent.
They continued their narrative in their December, 2016, report
NSIDC wrote:When the westerly wind pattern broke down in November, winds in several areas of Antarctica started to blow from the north. Over a broad area near Wilkes Land, the ice edge was pushed toward the continent.
Put another way, that extra Antarctic sea ice extent has been compressed into extra sea ice thickness. That will expose more of the sea water around Antarctica to freezing in the future once the downward trend in the sea surface temperatures of the southern ocean resumes following the current El Nino-induced spike