One of the things a smart bunny learns is that if you see something new to you in an area you really don't follow, everybunny else who follows the dots has seen it, but you have not seen them seeing it. Yet, since on rare occasion they have not seen it because it is so obvious it is worth asking about and one might even learn something
Worse, in Eli's case, this is something that finally percolated through because of nonsense that Andrew Montford at Bishop Hill wrote trying to handwave the weird ice coverage this winter up north (yes, Eli knows everybunny and his brother in law is racing south to watch the Antarctic ice shelves collapse, but this is Rabett Run, Eli and Brian follow their own pipers). Montford opined
As usual on these occasions, I take a quick look at the Cryosphere Today anomaly page, where I find the sea ice apparently still stuck firmly in "pause" mode.
For example, it is clear that the nature of the anomalies changed somewhere around 2006. The pattern of the anomaly between 2007 and 2016 is very different to that previously. With a thirty day smooth, the post 2007 pattern is hard to miss