The N Hemisphere’s Atmospheric Circulation Has Collapsed Creating a Persistent Polar Cyclone

By FishOutOfWater / DailyKos: 500mb heights Normal for May 21 to June 6; 1980-2010 Average 500mb heights for May 21 to June 6 2013 A sudden stratospheric warming split the polar vortex in two in mid-January. Since then, the northern hemisphere’s atmospheric circulation has been behaving very strangely. An area of extreme high pressure formed…

In Ancient Ice, Clues That Scientists Are Underestimating Future Sea Levels

By John Mahoney / Popsci: The skies do strange things at the NEEM camp, a remote ice-drilling and research facility on the northern Greenland ice sheet. Midnight sunshine. Low clouds of sparkling ice crystals known as “diamond dust.” But when rain fell instead of snow last summer, complete with a rainbow arcing over the camp,…

Video: Lake El’gygytgyn, Pleistocene super-Interglacials and Arctic warmth

John Mason / Skeptical Science: Here is a must-see 2012 presentation by Julie Brigham-Grette of the University of Massachusetts Amherst, covering the research her team has been doing into Lake El’gygytgyn (pronouned El-Guh-Git-Kin), a water-filled meteor crater in Arctic Russia that came into being after the impact of a ~1km diameter space-rock, 3.6 million years ago.…

Video: The Climate, Polar Ice & Earthquakes

Dramatic Changes in Polar Ice NASA’s Waleed Abdalati oulines the situationPublished on YouTube May 22, 2013NASA Chief Scientist – Abdalati previously served NASA as Head of Cryospheric Sciences at Goddard Space Flight Center. Climate Geomorphology Will climate change cause earthquakes?Published on YouTube Feb 12, 2012Bill McGuire, author of ‘Waking the Giant: How a changing climate…

The fragile fringe of West Antarctica

Expedition to a crumbling Antarctic ice shelfBy Ted Scambos / NSIDC[wpcol_1half id=”” class=”” style=””]November 4, 2011: With preparations in place, I asked if I could tag along with a NASA group here working on Operation IceBridge, an airborne mapping and measurement program intended to bridge the gap between the ICESat satellite (a laser-ranging mission that…