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Antarctic Peninsula Warming Not Unusual

May 28, 2014

By Paul Homewood


The British Antarctic Survey have a report on a paper by Thomas et al, published last year, which does not appear to have had much coverage amongst the usual suspects, as opposed to some other recent Antarctic studies.


A 308-year record of climate variability in West Antarctica


The Antarctic Peninsula and West Antarctica have warmed dramatically in recent decades, with some records suggesting that these are among the most rapidly warming regions on Earth. However, the lack of long-term instrumental records from this data-sparse region is hindering our ability to place these recent changes in a longer-term context. In this paper we present a new ice-core record from Ellsworth Land, which provides a valuable 308-year record (1702-2009) of climate variability from coastal West Antarctica. The new ice core was drilled on the ice divide between Pine Island Glacier and Ferrigno Glacier, two of the fastest flowing outlet glaciers in West Antarctica. The study analysed stable water isotopes in the ice core, which provide a record of past temperatures, to show that climate variability in this region is strongly driven by sea-surface temperatures and atmospheric pressure in the tropical Pacific.
The record shows that this region has warmed since the late 1950s, at a similar magnitude to that observed in the Antarctic Peninsula and central West Antarctica, however, this warming trend is not unique. More dramatic isotopic warming (and cooling) trends occurred in the mid-19th and 18th centuries, suggesting that at present the effect of anthropogenic climate drivers at this location has not exceeded the natural range of climate variability in the context of the past ~300 years

  1. van Loon permalink
    May 28, 2014 1:57 pm

    Obviously, the Peninsula warming is owing to a strengthening of wave 1, combined with wave 3. Must have happened quite often.

  2. May 28, 2014 2:17 pm

    Unreality enviro-TV and other unreality media :
    the eco-warriors working in the BBC and other media sit around waiting a story which can be spun to support their narrative .. which they then publish and hype up.
    – Stories not fitting their narrative are ignored.
    Hence the unreality picture of the world that is fed to the public.
    – A wacky conspiracy theory, which is supported by the evidence that they don’t mention the record extent of Anarctic Ice, but do concente on the west Antarctic Pen & use distorting language like ‘collapsing’.

  3. May 28, 2014 5:04 pm

    Good link–not paywalled.

  4. May 30, 2014 5:19 am

    from Antarctic 3 thermometers are monitoring for IPCC and other junk ”scientists”.
    Antarctic is larger than US.
    If on the weather report in the evening in US they were telling only the temp for 3 towns as the ”official” temp for the day in the ”whole” of US = many people wouldn’t have taken them seriously… unfortunately, monitoring on 3 places on Antarctic is sufficient for both camps…

    To make it even funnier – drilling on one spot in Antarctic ice suppose to be rock solid ”evidence”

    3] having in mind that: ”any scientist sent to Antarctic, has being scrutinized first, that will promote the misleading propaganda – before is sent there to drill.”
    religiously believing in everything dished, helps the Warmist to loot billions of taxpayer’s $$$ = tragic… tragic…


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