In the last couple of years the Arctic ice was shrinking so rapidly that certain climate change scientists even made predictions how by the the year 2013 Arctic will be completely ice-free in summer months. However, the latest measured data showed that the amount of sea ice in Arctic has dramatically increased last month, reaching levels not seen at this time of year for a very long time.
In fact, since the year 2001 there hasn't been so much recorded ice at Arctic, and for the first time since 2001 Arctic ice cover is getting near to long-term average levels. This situation surprised many climate change scientists but most of them are still convinced that this is not the sign that there's no global warming but just a part of yearly variations in ice cover mainly caused by this year's unusually cold winter.
On the other hand climate change skeptics are using this new found data to raise even more doubts about currently accepted climate change science.
This year is anything but typical for Arctic area. In a typical year for Arctic area Arctic ice cover peaks in mid-March and afterwards starts to fall as warmer weather arrives. This was not the case this year as Arctic sea ice levels continued their growth in the second half of March.
According to Dr Mark Serreze from the U.S. National Snow and Ice Data Centre "this doesn't mean that global warming is over because if we look at the Arctic as a whole we might get to average amounts of sea ice for the time of year. But the ice is thin and quite vulnerable and it can melt very quickly."
Well, from the current point of view it certainly looks like the amount of questions on which climate change science will have to find adequate answers is increasing each day. Climate change issue still hides many undiscovered mysteries.