NASA: Antarctica’s Been in Cooling Phase for Years

They’re quick to point out though that there are still places on Antarctica that are melting. I’m sure there are. But looking at the big picture, Antarctica has been going through a cooling phase for the past six years:

An intensive scientific study of both Earth’s poles has found that from 2009 to 2015 overall temperature has dropped in the southern polar region.

NASA’s Operation IceBridge is an airborne survey of polar ice and has finalized two overlapping research campaigns at both the poles. 

In the last few weeks NASA has revealed the overall amount of ice has increased at the Antarctic and the amount of sea ice has also extended.

Coupled with the latest announcement of slight cooling in the area, it has fuelled claims from climate change deniers that human industrialization is not having the huge impact on global temperature as often is claimed.

Christopher Shuman, a University of Maryland, Baltimore County glaciologist working at Goddard, said: “Field data suggests that there’s been a modest cooling in the area over the 2009–2015 time period, and images collected during that time by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer on the Terra and Aqua satellites show more persistent fast ice (sea ice that is attached to the shore) in the Larsen A and Larsen B embayments”

However, Mr. Shuman warned that in some areas of the Antarctic, glaciers continued to melt at significant levels, despite the slight temperature drop.

Liberals will want to focus on the parts that are melting and completely ignore the fact that in spite of some glacial melting, the icy continent’s overall temperature is still dropping.

They’re playing the same game they accuse conservatives of playing, where we like to focus more on the cold weather that’s happening in the U.S. and use it as counterevidence to the global warming hypothesis. Of course, we know it’s not evidence, per se. Maybe I’m speaking for myself, but we just like to see their reaction when we bring up cold weather and reports of record snowfall.

Global warming alarmists do the same thing during the summertime. They focus on the extra hot days and use those local weather stories as “evidence” that the earth is heating up. It’s okay when they do it. But when we do it, we’re “deniers.”