Man-Made Global Warming Causing...(*snicker* *snicker*)...Ice

OK, the article on this doesn’t actually say that, but I couldn’t pass it up. It’s a report of a huge increase in ice on the Baltic Sea. It’s extended beyond 250,000 square kilometers (sorry, I don’t convert metric), one of the worst in recent memory:

The last time so much of the Baltic was frozen was the winter of 1986-87, when ice covered nearly 400,000 square kilometres of the sea’s surface.

There’s a worry it could expand further than that. It’s not just expanding either:

Baltic ice cover is not only unusually wide this winter, but also unusually thick, especially in Gulf of Bothnia off Sweden’s northeastern coast, where air temperatures have consistently hovered around -30 degrees Celsius in recent months.

In some areas far out at sea, ice is more than 60 centimetres thick in the northern parts of the gulf.

Recent cold temperatures near the southern areas of the Gulf of Bothnia have resulted in ice thickness growing by 30 centimetres in just two weeks.

The report notes that icebreakers are working around the clock to keep the sea lanes open, but could cause problems if storms “kick up.”

You know, we keep hearing from the proselytizers of the religion of Anthropogenic Climatism how winters are becoming a thing of the past. Right, when monkeys start flying out of my proktos.

(Hat tip: Lucianne.com)