Up until now, the retreat of Arctic ice to 30 year lows has been credited, without proof, to global warming.  This never made a lot of sense to me, since at the same time Antarctic sea ice was hitting an all-time high.  Over at Climate Skeptic, I discuss a new NASA study that proposes that Arctic sea ice melting over the last decade has been due mainly to shifting wind patterns that basically push the ice into warmer waters where it melts faster.


  1. Greg:

    On the assumption that there really is some degree of warming happening, are there any solid theories on what a slightly or significantly warmer climate would do to Arctic (or any) wind patterns?

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  3. ErikTheRed:

    Winds shifting? Could this be related to all of the hot air coming out of Al Gore?