1923 Shock News : Radical Change In Arctic Climate – Unheard Of Temperatures – Glaciers Disappearing

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TimesMachine: February 25, 1923 – NYTimes.com

According to NASA, temperatures were very cold in 1923, much colder than the 1970’s – when Arctic ice was rapidly expanding.

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If you believe the NASA temperature record like Mosher does, then the Arctic was rapidly melting when it was cold, and rapidly freezing when it was warm.

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Telltale signs are everywhere —from the unexpected persistence and thickness of pack ice in the waters around Iceland to the southward migration of a warmth-loving creature like the armadillo from the Midwest. Since the 1940s the mean global temperature has dropped about 2.7° F. Although that figure is at best an estimate, it is supported by other convincing data. When Climatologist George J. Kukla of Columbia University‘s Lamont-Doherty Geological Observatory and his wife Helena analyzed satellite weather data for the Northern Hemisphere, they found that the area of the ice and snow cover had suddenly increased by 12% in 1971 and the increase has persisted ever since.

TIME Magazine Archive Article — Another Ice Age? — Jun. 24, 1974

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2 Responses to 1923 Shock News : Radical Change In Arctic Climate – Unheard Of Temperatures – Glaciers Disappearing

  1. Jimbo says:

    Here is a bit more detail.

    The Early Twentieth-Century Warming in the Arctic—A Possible Mechanism

    The huge warming of the Arctic that started in the early 1920s and lasted for almost two decades is one of the most spectacular climate events of the twentieth century. During the peak period 1930–40, the annually averaged temperature anomaly for the area 60°–90°N amounted to some 1.7°C…..
    Early 20th century Arctic warming in upper-air data
    Between around 1915 and 1945, Arctic surface air temperatures increased by about 1.8°C. Understanding this rapid warming, its possible feedbacks and underlying causes, is vital in order to better asses the current and future climate changes in the Arctic.

    Click to access EGU2007-J-04015.pdf

  2. emsnews says:

    The problem is, the graph is upside down! 🙂

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