The WMO’s Dubious Omissions…Arctic Of The 1930s And 1940s Just As Warm As Today!

Learning from the climate’s history: the Arctic heat waves of the 1930s and 40s

By Dr. Sebastian Lüning and Prof. Fritz Vahrenholt
[German text translated/edited by P Gosselin]

Climate alarm at the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) was reported on 21 March 2017 at the German online derwesten.de:

Heat waves in the Arctic – climate scientists sound the alarm
[…] During the winter in the Arctic temperatures reached near the melting point. It wasn’t the only weather extreme that climate scientists reported on. Such a heat wave occurred in the Arctic at least three times at the start of 2017, so reported the World Weather Organisation (WMO) in Geneva. Mighty Atlantic currents had delivered warm, moist air to the Arctic. At the peak of winter in the period when it should be freezing, temperatures reached near freezing on some days. The polar jet stream ‚Äì a wind current that circles the planet at high altitudes ‚Äì thus impacts the global weather.”

Do we really find ourselves on the verge of disaster? Is it getting hotter and hotter in the Arctic?

Let’s look at the HadCRUT4 temperatures in Arctic (Fig. 1). One clearly sees the warming phase of 1990-2005. Before and after that there were a bit wavy temperature plateaus. There hasn’t been any significant warming in the Arctic in 10 years.

Fig. 1: Arctic temperature since 1957. Data: HadCRUT4, Chart: Climate4You.

Now let’s extend the time scale and look back 100 years. What a surprise: In the 1930s and 1940s there were two heat decades in the Arctic which were almost as warm as today (Fig. 2). This is just a small fact that went missing in the WMO press release and in the derwesten.de article.

Fig. 2: Arctic temperature since 1920. Data: HadCRUT4, Chart: Climate4You.

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    Amber

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    Is there any dispute natural climate variables have been running the climate show for over 4 billion years before Ford started making those planet killer Model T’s ?
    If we can’t even accurately model the gorilla in the climate , natural variables, and their cause and effect interaction with each other how credible is it to say the portion of a trace gas( Co2 ) from human activity is now causing alarming global warming ?
    The Co2 models have actually disproven the hypothesis they were supposed to prove by grossly overstating temperatures (which are themselves man made estimates )compared to actual by up to hundreds of percent .
    The so called “record” temperatures is misleading propaganda based on the bulk of temperatures observed in less than 100 years , averaged over the earth and then massaged further by a small group of people who’s job security rest in part on producing government bought and paid for scary global warming stories .
    The easiest $ Trillion dollars Mr. Trump will ever save taxpayers .
    Punt the over exaggerated “earth has a fever ” con game and solve real problems while there is still time .
    Nice to see scientists stepping up and producing more scientifically valid work
    compared to the stifling which has been going on far too long and proving cover to
    the climate bed wetter industry .

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