The amount of sea ice covering the Arctic has dramatically increased during the cold winter, reaching levels not seen at this time of year for almost a decade.Of course our Moonbat friends in the Global Warming movement are throwing out excuse after excuse trying to convince us that it doesn't matter.
Unusually cold weather, caused by the same patterns that have given Britain its coldest winter for decades, has resulted in levels of ice cover in line with longer-term averages for the first time since 2001.
The trend was illustrated in figures for March published by the US National Snow and Ice Data Centre (NSIDC) in Colorado (see chart above) It has prompted climate change sceptics to question claims the North Pole could be free of ice during summer by 2013.
However, the NSIDC stressed the March rise in ice could not be taken as a sign that global warming is coming to an end.
A change in the usual pattern of winds around the North Pole has resulted in more cold air than usual in lower latitudes.
Provisional Met Office figures for December to February suggest Britain had its coldest winter since 1979, with an average temperature of 1.6C — 2.1C below normal.
The middle of March is typically the point when winter ice cover reaches its peak before starting to melt but this year levels continued to grow in the second half of the month.
Vicky Pope, a scientist with the Met Office, said: "The reality is that greenhouse gases are making the world warmer, but it is a mistake to see short-term changes in weather, currents or Arctic ice cover as evidence of this."Allow me to translate Ms Pope's comment---Do not believe short term data that shows the ice cap growing, only believe our short term data which show the ice cap shrinking.
Dr David Whitehouse, of the Global Warming Policy Foundation think-tank, said: “it does seem that the sea ice is returning to ‘average’ after the record lows of 2007 and 2008. There has been a definite recovery trend since then so far from being a progression towards ice free summers it seems that it was a temporary dip.
“The recent observations do make the 2007 projections that the region would be ice free by 2013 look very unrealistic. Given what is happening only the foolish would look many years into the future and predict ice free summers now.”Don't worry Dr Whitehouse, the Global Warming moonbats have lots of "foolish left in them."