World Temperatures Plummet: Further Arctic Ice Panic Is Just Empty Drama

World Temperatures Plummet: Further Arctic Ice Panic Is Just Empty Drama

“In­evitably, when even satel­lite tem­per­a­tures were show­ing 2016 as “the hottest year on record”, we were go­ing to be told last win­ter that the Arc­tic ice was at its low­est ex­tent ever. Sure enough, be­fore Christ­mas, a re­port from the US Na­tional Oceanic and At­mo­spheric Ad­min­is­tra­tion was greeted with such head­lines as “Hottest Arc­tic on record trig­gers mas­sive ice melt”. …

But last week we were brought back to earth by the Danish Me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal In­sti­tute (DMI), … that ever since De­cem­ber tem­per­a­tures in the Arc­tic have con­sis­tently been lower than mi­nus 20C. In April the ex­tent of Arc­tic sea ice was back to where it was in April 13 years ago. Fur­ther­more, whereas in 2008 most of the ice was ex­tremely thin, this year most has been at least two me­tres thick. The Green­land ice cap last win­ter in­creased in vol­ume faster than at any time for years.

As for those record tem­per­a­tures brought in 2016 by an ex­cep­tion­ally strong El Niño, the satel­lites now show that in re­cent months global tem­per­a­tures have plum­meted by more that 0.6 de­grees: just as happened 17 years ago af­ter a sim­i­larly strong El Niño had also made 1998 the “hottest year on record”.”

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