Global Warming In Alberta?
By Paul Homewood
As I noted at the time, it did not take Jeff Masters long to link the Alberta wildfire to climate change, helped along by statements like
The hot weather struck at an uncommonly bad time for wildfire risk: after winter snows had disappeared, but before the summer green-up had taken hold. Normally the window between these would be quite narrow, but snowfall was light this winter across the region, and it disappeared quickly during record warmth in April
I have been waiting for GISS to publish the April data, and these are the numbers for Banff, the only long running station with current data in the area.
Although last month’s mean of 7.0C was well above normal, it was not as hot as April 1934, when it reached 7.4C. April 1915 was also nearly as warm with 6.8C.
It is also not immediately apparent that April temperatures in the last decade, other than this year, are in any way out of the ordinary.
We can also take a look at winter and spring temperature trends at Banff:
Although we obviously don’t have data for this spring yet, it is clearly preposterous to suggest that global warming is heating up Alberta.