Remember when last week there were news reports of heat waves at both the North and South Poles?
Britain’s Guardian newspaper seized on the reports and declared: “Startling heatwaves at both of Earth’s poles are causing alarm among climate scientists who have warned the ‘unprecedented’ events could signal faster and abrupt climate breakdown.”
Only now is “the rest the story” trickling in. The nearest weather station to the North Pole is 500 miles away (floating ice in the Arctic makes it almost impossible to keep a station in one place). The purported heatwave across eastern Antarctica was the product of a weather forecasting computer model that “generates” data from dozens of variables.
Meteorologist Anthony Watts then checked on data from the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station during the period cited for the “heat wave.” He found no evidence of any heatwave from March 17th-22nd, bar a very small rise to a still frigid -56°F on the morning of March 18th. (We don’t pretend to be scientists at CTUP, but we do know that icebergs don’t melt when the temperature is -56. He also rechecked the model simulation four days later and found the heatwave had gone.
Next thing you know they are going to predict the world is going to run out of polar bears. (Their population is rising.)