Today’s Video of the Day from NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center reveals that Arctic sea ice likely reached its 2019 minimum extent of 1.6 million square miles on September 18.
According to NASA and the National Snow and Ice Data Center, this year’s minimum is tied for second lowest summertime extent in the satellite record.
Every year, the Arctic sea ice cap expands during the fall and winter and shrinks during the spring and summer months. In recent decades, however, warming temperatures have caused marked decreases across all seasons.
Video Credit: NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center