Joe Romm has an interesting post today
Captain’s log from the Chukchi Sea: “The water temperature is 7.5 degrees. If we weren’t sailing, it would be a great temperature for a swim!”
Then Joe goes on :
And that’s why the ice can keep melting even after the air temperature goes above freezing.
Seems reasonable enough, if you don’t bother to use your brain much. There are a couple of minor problems.
- If there was any ice in the area, the water temperature would be buffered to just above the freezing point. The warm temperatures exist because there isn’t any ice.
- He probably meant “goes below freezing” rather than “goes above freezing”
Sure enough, there isn’t any ice in the Chukchi Sea. This time of year, the Chukchi Sea is normally almost ice free.
How are you going to melt ice that doesn’t exist Joe?
Yes, SSTs in the Chukchi Sea are above normal.