March 2016

2016 Arctic Sea Ice Wintertime Extent Hits Another Record Low

Arctic sea ice reached a record low wintertime maximum extent for the second year in a row. On March 24, Arctic sea ice extent peaked at 14.52 million square kilometers, a new record low winter maximum extent in the satellite record that started in 1979. It is slightly smaller than the previous record low maximum extent of 14.54 million square kilometers that occurred last year. The 13 smallest maximum extents on the satellite record have happened in the last 13 years

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