Thursday, July 21, 2011

Arctic Sea Ice Update

The latest (20 Jul 2011) updated from the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) shows that the Arctic sea ice extent is currently running lower than it did in 2007, when the September minimum set a record.

The difference is fairly small, so time will tell if this year's minimum will be a new record.  See NSIDC's Arctic Sea Ice News & Analysis web site for more information and updates.

And, further to the south...

Congrats to Andy Schleck for winning todays Tour de France stage in an incredibly daring 60-km breakaway, and to Thomas Voeckler and Cadel Evans for champion-like performances in pursuit.  The three of them, along with Andy's brother Frank, sit within 1 min 12 sec of each other in what is shaping up to be one of the most unbelievable tour finishes.  

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