Happy near year!
I see that I have been away from here for quite a while, including past a spectacular (again) new minimum in Arctic sea ice extent this past September. Certainly lost me at least one of my bets with Alastair, maybe both. I'll be looking in to it and write up a full evaluation of the predictions I worked with.
One of the reasons for the quiet here is that I've been working on articles for professional journals. 2 now out in Deep Sea Research, 1 to be appearing in Ocean Modeling, 1 already in review at Weather and Forecasting. And two in pre-submission review, one for Climate Dynamics and another for Weather and Forecasting. 4 more in progress towards the internal review stage -- one a technical note on what I've been doing the last 15 years for sea ice concentration analysis, two for the Journal of Climate, and one for sea ice modeling. Not sure where/how I'll be publishing that. Somehow the brain cells for writing get fatigued, so if I'm writing much at work, I don't do so much here. The exercise is starting to pay off, though, so they seem to feel like they can do both now.
Good news in the background is that I'll be producing better plots when I do start more regular posting here. Had to bite some bullets to get figured out how to make publishable plots for the journals. More of an issue than it should have been. But now resolved well enough, with the side benefit that it also lets me make better plots for blogging.