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Analysis: There’s nothing unusual about that Arctic temperature spike

Via: James Delingpole of Breitbart:

One of the things that is getting the alarmists in a tizzy this time is this chart, which shows that Arctic temperatures are warmer than usual.

Here is an example of the hysteria it has caused:

George Monbiot – the chunky-knit Guardian eco-loon whose current ambition is to repopulate Britain with packs of wolves, bears, sea eagles, saber-toothed tigers, allosauruses and suchlike because “rewilding” – thinks that it is such a planetary emergency that it should be on the front of every newspaper not just braindead liberal ones.

Here is one of his recent anguished tweets:

Anyway, the facts.

First, there’s nothing unusual about that Arctic temperature spike.

As Paul Homewood shows, something very similar happened in 1976. And the world didn’t end.

Second, again per Paul Homewood, temperature volatility is quite normal in the Arctic in winter and spring.

Third, as Steve Goddard explains here, this is the jet stream doing what the jet stream does.

When the jet stream makes large loops in the winter, cold air moves south, and milder air moves moves towards the pole.  Milder winter temperatures near the pole have nothing to do with global warming.

Except, you’ll never guess how all the experts interpreted it on the previous occasion we experienced similar conditions, in the 70s.

Actually, maybe you will:

New ice age? Global warming apocalypse? You take your pick.

I’m putting my money on: just weather.