NASA On Air: Arctic Sea Ice Reaches Annual Minimum (9/22/2014)

  • Released Monday, September 22nd, 2014
  • Updated Wednesday, May 3rd, 2023 at 1:50PM

LEAD: Scientists just announced that the summer melt season has ended in the Arctic Ocean and the summer sea ice area is the 6th lowest on record.

1. This figure remains in line with the 35-year downward melting trend measured by NASA satellites.

2. The Arctic Ocean is losing about 13% each decade, with individual year variations.

3. NASA is currently flying a C-130 to extend the research on how the heat and moisture from ice-free open Arctic Ocean may affect extreme weather patterns over the U.S.

TAG: Details on the floating Antarctic winter sea ice are due soon.

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