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Winter Is Coming: Alaska's Deep Freeze Has Begun

A NASA satellite image highlights Arctic sea ice beginning to form

(Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Land Rapid Response Team, NASA GSFC)

Even as reports emerged showing 2012 could be one of the warmest years on record, NASA images of southwestern Alaska reminded researchers that winter's deep freeze was still imminent.

With winter's official start still a month away, on November 21, NASA's Aqua Satellite and its Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) captured this true-color image showing Alaska's Arctic sea ice just beginning to form, turning water off the coast a dull white color.

Gaze closely at the image, and you'll detect only a few areas of tan-colored land and a few green specks of forest peeking through - it appears most rivers are frozen. Arctic ice grows and recedes throughout the year, typically increasing during January and reaching a peak in late February or March.

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Jay

So far in Alaska this Fall, it's been abnormally cold, but also abnormally dry, a big ridge of high pressure was stuck here over the entire month of November and into part of December. Pretty sad to realize I've been skiing on man-made snow in Alaska.

December 10 2012 at 11:10 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
thedon300z

I want to win a Nobel prize. Im going to write a book "Global Cooling-An Inconvenient Truth". I have no paticular knowledge abot this subject other than what I read by some others and I also have zero training in climatology, or any other science as a mtter of fact!, so I figure the Nobel thing is in the bag! The other plus is the Nobel dudes. Hey! They gave the peace prize to that Yaser Arafat guy for killing a lot of people didn't they!

December 10 2012 at 2:04 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Harsens Island

Mother earth....and solar wonderment. In deed, we are going through a solar cycle that has been and will be, going on far beyond man.
Change is what the earth does and does well. It's we who must prepare.
Like a river, the flow will go where and when it wants. Man doesn't have much power over natures strength.
Pollution..... (not carbon) One thing man can change and must. Not for the Earth....but for us. The earth will eventually turn it over plow it under and recycle like a blast furnace.

December 10 2012 at 1:52 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
djcrooner625

Ooops...sorry peoples...forgot my close quotes...Oh well, Al seems to have forgotten his place. lol

December 10 2012 at 1:37 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
djcrooner625

According to his latest and greatest research and scientific discovery, former Vice President Al Gore has single handedly, proven that global warming is real. In his latest discovery, the former VP turned up the heat on the debate asserting that "The problem is much more dire than first believed." According to our Nobel laureate scientist, "The atmosphere warming is now superceded by the fact that just 2 short Kilometers or so, under the earths crust there are some very hot rocks...litterally millions and millions of degrees hot and they are ultimately casting a shadow on the original global warming (Theory...er um Science.)

When questioned as to what evidence his calculations were based on, the VP stated simply that "he relied on a wide array of scientific and mathematical AL Gore isms.

December 10 2012 at 1:35 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
EMY

???

December 10 2012 at 1:35 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
mehicks55

Thats impossible!! Algore who has scammed 10's of millions of dollars from the ignorant said we are all going to drown! LOL!!

December 10 2012 at 1:32 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
dianewp2156

Nothing else to write at this time.

December 10 2012 at 1:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
dianewp2156

No Thanks.

December 10 2012 at 1:25 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
lee

Americans! How are we gonna save the world when we can not even save ourselves.

December 10 2012 at 1:23 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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