Arctic Shore at Barrow Alaska (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
For you global warming skeptics, here's your proof. Scientists at the Geophysical Institute at the University of Alaska Fairbanks report that during the first decade of the new millennium, 2000 through 2010, Barrow, Alaska gained an average of 3.04 degrees Fahrenheit.
That is what I would expect the LA Times and NY Times to report. But as one of my heroes, Paul Harvey would say, "...now here's the rest of the story..."
The scientists with the Geophysical Institute's Alaska Climate Research Center looked at temperatures recorded at 20 "first-order meteorological stations" in Alaska from 2000 to 2010. The stations were spread from Annette in Southeast Alaska to Barrow on the Arctic Ocean to Cold Bay at the southwest tip of the Alaska Peninsula. All are operated by professional meteorologists with the National Weather Service, use similar or identical equipment and follow uniform operating procedures.
Every station pointed to a cooling trend, except Barrow.
The mean cooling for the average of all 20 stations was 2.34 degrees Fahrenheit. The chilling trend was most pronounced in the Bering Sea region, with King Salmon recording a drop of 4.42 degrees in the first decade of the new century.
The authors acknowledge that the overall statewide drop of 2.34 degrees is a lot for one decade.
The report, produced by a team headed by professor emeritus of geophysics Gerd Wendler, is titled "The First Decade of the New Century: A Cooling Trend for Most of Alaska." It was published in The Open Atmospheric Science Journal, 2012.
San Diego, California has recorded abnormally low temperatures for the past couple of weeks. Mongolia is bracing for another devastating winter like that of 2009-2010 when the country lost several million animals to the cold weather. Winter came early in Kazakhstan in 2012 with temperatures in the capital of Astana experiencing minus 40 F or lower for the past several weeks on and off. In Kazakhstan and Mongolia, most power is produced via coal fired power plants. And these countries, part of the FSU states, use reticulated centralized hot water as a heating medium for all homes, businesses, schools, other government buildings, commercial buildings, hotels....you name it. They burn coal for their boilers. Kazakhstan has become a major producer of oil and gas as well. If any country was suffering warming, it would be Kazakhstan.
So for all of you global warming enthusiasts, science may be an inconvenient truth.