2012 Arctic Report Card

December 5, 2012

NOAA released the 2012 installment of the annual Arctic Report Card on December 5, 2012, as part of the American Geophysical Union's fall meeting. You won't find these graphics in the Report Card itself. This collection is a gallery of highlights based on the report's major themes. It was developed by the NOAA Climate.gov team in cooperation with Arctic Report Card authors and other Arctic experts.

Melt pond Record-breaking melt on Greenland Sea ice low 18% smaller than previous record Less glitter: Greenland Ice Sheet continued to darken Arctic temperature patterns: 2012 and 2001-2011 Record low spring snow cover in Northern Hemisphere 2012 Unusual air pressure & temperature over Greenland Arctic Sea Ice Getting Thinner, Younger High-latitude growing season getting longer