'Veteran meteorologist Thomas Globig of MDR television took some hard shots at the latest theory that claims low Arctic sea-ice in late summer causes extreme cold in late winter. 'I’ve been hearing from some media that it’s all because of the ice melt in the Arctic. That is when the Arctic gets warmer, here it gets colder. Naturally that’s all nonsense! Back then [in 1853] there was no large summer ice melt in the Arctic. Therefore the whole thing has nothing to do with a trend. It is simply just plain weather!'