That big red arrow points to the biggest change on the Arctic Sea Ice Blog. In an effort to make it more visually appealing than just a bunch of links (I suck at graphic design), it may not be clear to all that in the top of the right hand bar there are actually links to the Arctic Sea Ice Graphs page, the Arctic Sea Ice Forum, the About moi page (Climate Disclaimer) and a new link to a Paypal donation page for anyone who wants to support the blog, or thank me or whatever.
I had been thinking about putting up a donation button for a while now (also because I received several e-mails requesting it), but you know, doing things like this for free makes you look more credible, and it makes you feel more independent, and you don't feel much of a responsibility. I'm also lucky that I have enough work as a free-lance translator. The pay isn't that great, but I can work as much as I want and I was born to do this work, so I'm not complaining (too much).
The downside, however, is that I'm spending a lot of time behind the computer working, blogging and distracting myself in between. And that's not too healthy in many respects, and also doesn't jive too well with this inner feeling I have of wanting to do something useful in the real world as well, like building an ecopassiveblahblah-house and gardening. So donations help, because I can step away from the boss/computer more, and that also makes my wife happier, which reduces stress for everyone.
I will occasionally write an update on donations received, but I can tell you in advance that some of it is used to cover blog hosting costs, software I use to track and make stuff, and if the forum keeps growing like it is, it might be wise to spend some money on that too (like a security certificate for instance).
Okay, with that out of the way, I can now also announce a couple of changes I made to the Arctic Sea Ice Graphs page:
- Daily Graphs: There's a jet stream image there now on the bottom; some great graphs by Jim Pettit that show where the melting season ends up if it melts as much as the amount another year melted from that point onwards; a link on top to the Maslanik/Fowler/Tschudi ice age archive
- Long-term graphs: Updated graphs by Larry Hamilton; more PIOMAS graphs by Wipneus; more graphs by Jim Pettit; I'll probably update some of the temp graphs towards the bottom some day
- Webcams: Updated the North Pole webcams, the Barrow webcam, put in the Greenland Summit Camp webcam and an Obuoy webcam (not sure it's working though); Healy has no new Aloftcon stuff as far as I can see
- I copied the menu bar and put it at the bottom, so you don't have to scroll back up
- Don't forget the updated Sea Ice Concentration Maps which give you an excellent overview and quick way to compare to previous years (see for instance May 1st)
So these were all the changes. Tell me if you'd like to see anything else. Next up is the first ASI update that will also be a bit different, so you can expect that one around mid-May.
I think I have at least two more melting seasons in me, and perhaps more. If the sea ice is still there...