Is the Arctic really so much more interesting than the Antarctic?

This week NSIDC came with its yearly end of the season press release about sea ice. Their title was: Arctic sea ice shatters previous low records; Antarctic sea ice edges to record high. Kudos to NSIDC for mentioning the Antarctic record in their title. As many of you will have noted, the Antarctic sea ice reached about the same amount of sea ice as the record year of 2007. Wait a second, wasn’t 2007 also the year in which the Arctic sea ice reached a record low? Indeed, it was. So for the second time in a row the Arctic record low happened at the same time as the Antarctic record high. Is this a coincidence or is there some magical teleconnection operating between our poles? Lees verder…

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