Imminent Iceland Iceing?

I was looking at the Sea Ice page on WUWT and noticed this odd ‘finger of ice’ reaching out toward Iceland.

This is a very high resolution image (3200 x 3200 pixels) so you can click on it to get a close up.

I’m thinking that Real Soon Now Iceland is going to be connected to Greenland with ice… Wonder if we ought to start a betting pool on when? With side bets on how many polar bears walk over to Iceland and get shot ;-)

NSIDC Sea Ice 18 December 2010

NSIDC Sea Ice 18 December 2010

Here’s a live map of the same thing, so you can watch over time to see how the ice grows, if you like.

NSIDC Sea Ice Live Map

NSIDC Sea Ice Live Map

I find my self thinking “Go! Go! Go!”…

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9 Responses to Imminent Iceland Iceing?

  1. Adrian Vance says:

    Could we possibly get Al Gore, Jim Hansen, Micheal Mann, Phil Jones and all the other scientists who signed the IPCC report on a rubber raft up there in the crotch of that formation and let if freeze over for maybe a century?

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  2. peter geany says:

    I was thinking about 3 weeks ago that the ice was getting close to Iceland and started to look up to see when it last reached Iceland and how common it was. I got sidetracked by the bad weather here in the UK and never did find anything.

    Of itself, just like all the other indicators, this ice growth proves nothing, and we shouldn’t be wasting so much time watching it, but taken together with all the other weather events and what we know about the ocean oscillations I’m beginning to sense that maybe we are in for a period of stronger cooling. I’m just sorry for everyone that we have been made to feel guilty for the milder weather the temperate areas of the world experienced over the last 2 decades.

  3. Dizzy Ringo says:

    In the 18th Century apparently eskimos visited northern Scotland – h/t Tony B and the Air Vent.

  4. Viv Evans says:

    I’m sure the poley bears could swim the last pixel or two separating them from Iceland. They’re pretty good swimmers, after all.
    The more important question is – will there be a reception committee when the bears make landfall, and will this be documented on video????

    On the other hand – every self-respecting poley bear will be denned up right now, having lovely dreams of the coming spring …

  5. Verity Jones says:

    I’m sure I’ve seen a map of historical limits for ice around Iceland, but can’t find it today. According to one of Arnd Bernaerts posts ( Figures 9-12) Svalbard worth watching even more closely.

  6. George says:

    The BBC has a real knee-slapper out today:

    The article clearly presents the impression that polar bear populations are in decline. It reinforces that impression with:

    “A US Geological Survey team led by Dr Steven Amstrup predicted back in 2007 that two-thirds of the world’s 22,000 polar bears would disappear by half way through the next century.”

    As far as I can tell, polar bear populations have been in the increase over the past several decades. Where do they GET this stuff?

  7. George says:

    Also, this page will give you a view over time if you want to step through several days:

    The water Northeast of Iceland is certainly getting colder.

  8. Pascvaks says:

    All we now is some crazy Icelandic or Russian volcano to go an spoil the view. Go! Go! Go!

    (sorry! just trying to keep warm..)

  9. E.M.Smith says:


    Be careful what you wish for… from:

    New Activity/Unrest: | Kizimen, Eastern Kamchatka (Russia) | Kliuchevskoi, Central Kamchatka (Russia) | Piton de la Fournaise, Reunion Island | Tungurahua, Ecuador

    and the ‘ongoing’ also includes a couple in Russia:

    Ongoing Activity: | Bezymianny, Central Kamchatka (Russia) | Bulusan, Luzon | Fuego, Guatemala | Karangetang [Api Siau], Siau I | Karymsky, Eastern Kamchatka (Russia) | Kilauea, Hawaii (USA) | Pacaya, Guatemala | Sakura-jima, Kyushu | Santa María, Guatemala | Shiveluch, Central Kamchatka (Russia) | Soufrière Hills, Montserrat

    So perhaps might I ask if could hope for “some crazy tropical weather in San Francisco” please?… ;-)

    We’ve had non-stop overcast / clouds / storm / high wind / drench / cloudy / cold for a while now…

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