Updated Arctic Sea Ice: 09-17-2020

September 17, 2020: Over the past week the sea ice has now increased slightly from the value last week by 0.29% from the level on 9/10/2020 of 3.763 M km2 to 3.774 M km2. Therefore, it looks like the summer melt season has ended and the sea ice extent for 2020 is now in the all-time 2nd place position for low Arctic sea ice extent. The low value for 2020 occurred on September 13th at 3.709 M km2. To compare that with 2012, the low point that year occurred on September 16th at a level of 3.340 M km2 or 0.369 M km2 lower than this year.

Plot Compiled by: Howard J. Diamond, PhD; Climate Science Program Manager at NOAA's Air Resources Laboratory Data Source: National Snow & Ice Data Center (NSIDC; https://nsidc.org/.

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Daily sea ice concentration provided by NSIDC.

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Plot Compiled by: Howard J. Diamond, PhD; Climate Science Program Manager at NOAA's Air Resources Laboratory Data Source: National Snow & Ice Data Center (NSIDC; https://nsidc.org/.