It would appear that the North Pole is not cooperating with the kayakers who want to go straight through from Canada to Russia. This, according to IJIS:
Data only goes back a few years, so I’m not claiming any records. But it’s worth pointing out in the context of the message of the day that the ice cap is melting.
Why can’t we just be honest about things? A couple years ago, the ice extent most certainly hit a trough. That was an accurate assessment. And boy, did we hear about it. Currently, ice extent is at a peak. Crickets. I’m finding a lot of lack of integrity enters when it comes to this issue. (That cuts both ways at times. I have my own opinions about things, but let’s confront the data for what it is and not brush it under a rug.)
Theory is great and all, as are people who become experts. But quite honestly, I trust the data and some simple analysis more than I trust all these complex uber-theoretical models. They may have some assessment value, but their predictive value has time and time again been worthless.