This time of the year, you think of Ice Pack’s as you’re planning those Summer Picnic’s and other holiday and family gatherings. The Ice Pack you aren’t thinking about is the Arctic Ice Pack and
whether or not it’s heavy or it’s fallen victim to the greatest loss in the past 30 years.
This past week finds dueling headlines regarding the current state of the Arctic Ice Pack. Officials from Shell Alaska are seeing the possibility of the delay of offshore drilling in the Arctic Ocean due to the heaviest amounts of polar ice in more than a decade. We then turn to the U.K.’s Guardian who reports in an article that 75% of the Arctic sea ice has been lost over the past 30 years.
The summer ice melt previous years has given way this year to exceptionally large amounts of sea pack ice not only along the Alaska coast but far south into the Bering Sea, according to National Weather Service reports. Meanwhile, the Guardian’s statistical report of the loss of the Ice Pack, appears to fly in the face of an earlier Guardian article that the reported decline of 75% of the sea ice pack, wasn’t factual.
The National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) reports that for April 2012, the sea ice pack average was close to the monthly average for the past 34 years of available satellite data. Simple due diligence on the part of the Guardian prior to publication would have saved them public embarrassment.
While those putting forth statistical weather data have been met with a certain amount of skepticism, Shell Alaska can see for themselves, that the ice pack is the reason for the delay in their exploratory drilling.