Arctic Summer Temperature Trends


By Paul Homewood

According to DMI, temperatures in the Arctic last summer were pretty average.


This is not the message we are repeatedly given, which says that the Arctic is screaming.

How do the DMI figures compare though with atmospheric temperatures as measured by satellites?

Though there were some colder summers in the 1980s, temperatures appear to have been pretty stable since the late 1980s.

The coldest year of the lot was 1992, due to the eruption of Pinatubo the year before. It is significant though that the summer last year was virtually bang on the 1979-2015 mean.


Whatever else is happening in the Arctic, it is not getting any warmer in summertime.

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7 Comments on “Arctic Summer Temperature Trends”

  1. Bill Butler says:

    Perhaps the article’s author might want to explain why the average Arctic sea ice extent has been in a steep decline.

    Meanwhile, in the real world, for the first time ever, a large cruise boat will be leaving Anchorage, Alaska in a week to travel to New York via the Northwest Passage – across the Arctic Ocean.


  2. David says:

    How come the bar chart shows absolute values but the link shows anomalies? It would be impossible to make that chart look the way it does just by using the data as posted on the UAH website.

    It looks very likely that the chart has been made by deducting 1.5 from the anomaly values then altering the scale on the vertical axis. This has the effect of obscuring the obvious warming trend visible in the anomaly data (currently +2.0 C per century).

    Also, no mention that the Jun/Jul 2016 summer anomaly already averages 0.62 C in UAH, so there is likely to be a sharp up-tick on the end of that data once 2016 values are added.

    Very shoddy all round.


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