The media and warmists ignore Arctic ice in wintertime because they are obsessed with the summer melt, and hoping for lots of open water. In fact, ice extent trends are basically driven by the freezing this time of year, while Sept. extents vary greatly due to summer weather events, not climate change.
The press has been reporting some storm activity in the North Atlantic, and tossing words like “unprecedented” into the stories. But keeping things in perspective, we can say that the freezing is going normally with the usual day to day fluctuations.
January and February show an average year in progress:
Do not trust mass media for unbiased reporting of climate news.
Some people don’t like the unalarming patterns of ice extents displayed by MASIE, and hang onto obsolete comments about times in the past when ice charts were inconsistent. Today’s MASIE dataset is accurate and reliable, according to NSIDC who expressed confidence when releasing it in 2015.
About MASIE produced by NIC (from NSIDC)
The NSIDC Sea Ice Index ice extent is widely used, but the edge position can be off by 10s or in some cases 100s of kilometers. NIC produces a better ice edge product, but it does not reach the same audience as the Sea Ice Index.
In June 2014, we decided to make the MASIE product available back to 2006. This was done in response to user requests, and because the IMS product output, upon which MASIE is based, appeared to be reasonably consistent.
Note: Presently, NSIDC Sea Ice Index is showing ~700,000 km2 less ice extent than MASIE.