Annual Arctic Meltdown Scare
By Paul Homewood
Every year alarmist scientists claim the Arctic is melting down, but it never actually happens:
GENEVA — The United Nations weather agency says this summer will go down for leaving a “deep wound” in the cryosphere — the planet’s frozen parts — amid a heat wave in the Arctic, shrinking sea ice and the collapse of a leading Canadian ice shelf.
The World Meteorological Organization said Tuesday that temperatures in the Arctic are rising twice as fast as the global average, provoking what spokeswoman Clare Nullis called a “vicious circle.”
“The rapid decline of sea ice in turn contributes to more warming, and so the circle goes on and the consequences do not stay in the Arctic,” Nullis said during a regular U.N. briefing in Geneva.
The weather agency said in a statement that many new temperature records have been set in recent months, including in the Russian town of Verkhoyansk. The town, located in Siberia above the Arctic Circle line, reached 38 degrees Celsius (100 F) on June 20.
“What we saw in Siberia this year was exceptionally bad, was exceptionally severe,” Nullis said. She noted a heat wave across the Arctic, record-breaking wildfires in Siberia, nearly record-low sea ice extent, and the collapse of one of the last fully intact Canadian ice shelves.
Paul Homewood comments:
So let’s look at the actual facts:
Arctic sea ice extent, while low this year, is running well above the record low in 2012:
Arctic temperature are not “rising twice as fast as the global average”. Indeed they have nor risen at all since 2004, and current temperatures are similar to those in the 1930s and 40s.
The so-called heatwave at Verkhohansk was only 0.7C hotter than in 1988, and there is no evidence whatsoever that wildfires in Siberia are “record-breaking”.
And the alarmists’ favourite talking point of Greenland does not even get a mention. Could that be because the growth in the ice sheet this year has been virtually in line with the 1981-2010 mean, following one of the shortest melt seasons in recent years?
Or that at the end of last year, NOAA were reporting that Greenland’s outlet glaciers have barely shrunk at all in the last eight years:
While DMI reported about Greenland’s glaciers:
They are also strangely silent about the Antarctic which has seen sea ice extent expanding well above the mean as it approaches its maximum extent.