The sea ice surrounding Antarctica was found at its highest in August but is expected to break the records within September. The latest August record is at a shocking 18.7 million square kilometers which is already its highest since 1979.
According to the State of the Climate Report data released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, this amount of sea ice is 4.5 percent higher than average from 1981 to 2010, and the highest since records were kept beginning year 1979.
Antarctica's winter will be ending this September and the sea ice posted in daily reports in the online site of National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) shows that the increasing ice has already reached record breaking levels, going over the ice levels the same month in 2012.
The ice mass recorded on Sept. 14 have reached 19.51 million sq. km. based on NSIDC data. The previous records were at 19.44 million square kilometer or 7.51 million square miles. This is only preliminary data and their official website only went back online after three days of nonoperational systems caused by the disaster floods in Colorado.
These ice mass build up is not an indication that contradicts the global warming phenomenon. The Antarctic Ocean ice surrounds a frozen mainland and because of this fact, its growth factors are complicated which includes the wind, the ozone hole and warming temperatures in the air.
The wind is a major factor to the amount of the ice buildup compared to the sea currents and the air temperatures. The violent winds surrounding the area bring from the continent frigid air to the ocean. This causes the surface of the sea to freeze and force the ice to surround the area.
This was also reported by LiveScience.