NASA's Goddard Space Centre has released a fascinating time lapse video of Earth's North Pole turning into a popsicle from orbit. So much for global warming:
Sea ice coverage over the Arctic Ocean oscillates over the course of a year, growing through winter and reaching a maximum extent by February or March. This year, Arctic sea ice grew to levels beyond those measured in recent years but slightly below average when compared to the 30-year satellite record.
The video goes from September 1, 2009 - minimum Arctic ice levels - to March 30, 2010 - the day before the maximum 2010 levels. The view will make a lot of polar bears happy. And if the polar bears are happy, I'm happy. [NASA]