Trends in Polar Ice Melting: How soon will the Arctic Ocean become Ice-Free?

A fascinating website,, continues to investigate current weather data and produce informative content. Two recent Posts focus on data suggesting two problems with enormous climate and environment ramifications:

  1. a NASA study finds that the west coastal glaciers of Antarctica appear to be in rapid and irreversible collapse. The content of the melted ice is expected to raise ocean levels by 15 feet, which will uproot millions of people, while also submerging many of the busiest world airports. Impacted U.S. airports would include: Kennedy Airport [KJFK], at 14ft MSL; Newark Airport [KEWR], at 18ft MSL; Washington’s Reagan National Airport [KDCA], at 15ft MSL; San Diego [KSAN], at 13ft MSL; San Francisco [KSFO], at 17ft MSL; Oakland [KOAK], at 9ft MSL; Miami International [KMIA], at 8ft MSL, Fort Lauderdale [KFLL], at 9ft MSL; New Orleans [KMSY], at 7ft; and, Honolulu Airport [PHNL], at 13ft MSL.
  2. much warmer conditions (in both the air and northern bodies of water) suggest a rapid acceleration of melting for Arctic sea ice. Additionally, the increased dark, open water is amplifying absorption of summer solar heat, and intensifying weather phenomena. Trends suggest we may see an ice-free Arctic before September 2020.20140513.. PIOMAS Arctic Sea Ice Volume trends, April and September by Year