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Antarctic Record Temperature Con

March 2, 2017

By Paul Homewood


h/t Joe Public




Today’s fake news story comes from Greenpeace.

The supposed record comes from Esperanza. As Jim Steele at WUWT points out, Esperanza is at the northern tip of the Antarctic peninsula, at a latitude of 63.4S, just about as far outside the Antarctic Circle as you could get.



And as WUWT also points out,  the temperature was purely the product of a fohn wind.

The temperature of 63.5F was actually set in March 2015, but has only just been officially confirmed by the WMO. As the Capital Weather Gang at the Washington Post noted at the time, the previous record of 62.8F was also set at Esperanza as far back as 1961.

The implication now is that “balmy” temperatures of 63F are unheard of Antarctica, which is clearly nonsense.

And as we can see, monthly average temperatures in March 2015 were not in the least unusual. Indeed, the hottest March was in 1965.




None of this information is mentioned by either Greenpeace, or media outlets such as MSN, who also carry the story.



But the really dishonest part is that photo of two poor penguins stranded at the top of a melting lump of snow.

As Joe has discovered, exactly the same photo appeared in December 2013, in an article by the International Science Times, which was about record cold temperatures in Antarctica. The picture is actually on Cape Denison, as the report makes clear:



When it’s late February and you’re complaining about the winter dragging endlessly on, take comfort in the fact that you’re not on the East Antarctic Plateau, where scientists have measured the coldest temperature on earth. At negative 135.8 degrees Fahrenheit, the August 10, 2010, temperature was "tens of degrees colder than anything ever seen in Alaska, Siberia or Greenland," said Ted Scambos of the National Snow and Ice Data Center in Boulder, Colo., the group that made the discovery.

  1. Joe Public permalink
    March 2, 2017 12:07 pm

    Jim Steele over at WUWT has now exposed the fact that image has been photoshopped:

    ” …. if you magnify the picture 500%, the penguins become extremely pixilated, the ice chunk less so, and the background rocks even less so, a fingerprint of 3 different photographs with different resolution that have been overlain.”

    • Tim Hammond permalink
      March 2, 2017 3:19 pm

      well yes. how would penguins get up there, and why?

      • duker permalink
        March 2, 2017 11:51 pm

        They are great climbers but of course that shape would be too much

      • Pethefin permalink
        March 3, 2017 11:44 am

        Maybe the climate change has helped them to learn how to fly 🙂

    • Sheri permalink
      March 2, 2017 4:05 pm

      It looks photoshopped just with a casual once-over. Maybe Greenpeace should invest in better computer techs.

    • Bloke down the pub permalink
      March 2, 2017 7:02 pm

      Enlarge the image to 500% and then look at the area immediately around the ice and the penguins. You should be able to see lots of small splodges where the image has been ‘tidied up’ to remove the previous background.

      • Bloke down the pub permalink
        March 2, 2017 7:05 pm

        It’s clearer on the Greenpeace version than the Reuters

    • March 2, 2017 8:08 pm

      It’s surprising that they didn’t photoshop a picture of a starving polar bear in there as well.

  2. March 2, 2017 12:10 pm

    No green photosynthetic plants propagate on Antarctica. Perhaps as atmospheric CO2 increases some will start growing at Cape Denison. Would it be a bad thing? – sure it would – invasive organisms always disrupt the ecosystem. The only change environmentalists can ‘believe’ in is change that restricts man’s activities.

    • March 2, 2017 12:50 pm

      There are coal deposits in Antarctica. They did not get there recently nor with today’s climate.

      • Tom O permalink
        March 2, 2017 1:00 pm

        It would depend if coal actually WAS plants at one time. Since there is doubt about “fossil fuel,” it is possible that coal exists because of natural processes other than decomposition and compression of plants. In fact, when you consider the enormous amount of coal world wide, you really have to start considering another process for its creation. Why would there have been that much plant life and then suddenly not enough to leave traces in the rocks above it?

        One man’s thoughts, only.

  3. Tom O permalink
    March 2, 2017 1:08 pm

    It is nice to see a “record high temperature.” It seems to me that if there really was global warming, we would have to see at least hundreds if not thousands of record high temperatures every year. In order for the planet to become “Venus like,” there has to be more than UHI heating driving the night time temperatures up so that the “daily average temperature” can be higher. As it is, with higher overnight temperatures, I would think that even if we were getting the same amount of incoming energy, we should see a rise in high temperatures since the starting point for the day is higher due to the rising overnight temperature. Not seeing that, really. Really, really makes it hard to believe in “greenhouse effects” driving us towards “thermogeddon.”

  4. dennisambler permalink
    March 2, 2017 1:49 pm

    “One man’s thoughts, only.”

    Not really, but not very PC. Similarly abiotic oil. We must have run out of dead trees and dinosaurs by now!

  5. dennisambler permalink
    March 2, 2017 1:51 pm

    You don’t even need to blow the picture up to see that iceberg column is not part of those rocks. And how ever did those penguins make it up those vertical sides, fly?

    • March 2, 2017 2:12 pm

      No, they were just minding their own business when a man-made heatwave came out of nowhere and melted all the ice around them 😉

  6. March 2, 2017 2:13 pm

    More fake news from the greenspin.

  7. March 2, 2017 5:27 pm

    Coal was fromed by Nature when atmospheric CO2 was 3,000ppm as a reserve for the present drop in CO2. Only humans have the intelligence to mine out the carbon reserves that Nature built so that we can burn today and increase the atmospheric CO2 and scape the doom of less than 250ppm CO2 that could wipe all life in the Planet.

  8. March 2, 2017 9:47 pm

    Reblogged this on Climatism and commented:
    More “fake (climate) news” …

  9. duker permalink
    March 2, 2017 11:55 pm

    Interesting thing about Antarctic Circle, its moving southward at 15m a year. Not global warming of course, due to natural variability of the earths axial tilt over a 40K year cycle

  10. March 3, 2017 2:01 am

    On the Monterey boardwalk you can see an 8 foot, 2 ton sea lion sleeping 6 feet above the water. An astonished tourist shouted, “how did it get there!?” I told him, “It jumped!”

    Actually, it settled there at high tide and forgot to wake up!!! Looks like it happens all over with lots of different species.

  11. 4TimesAYear permalink
    March 3, 2017 4:25 am

    Reblogged this on 4timesayear's Blog.

  12. Orville permalink
    March 3, 2017 5:57 pm

    Thanks to the internet we can quickly debunk such slick attempts to confuse and misinform, IMO. I just checked the temperature ranges in Antarctica with a click of the mouse. I can track storms, pressure cells, temperatures and even hurricanes on my phone. This demonstrates to me that the obfuscators are falling behind, in the tech area. Look at Trump, he conquered the gossip mills with his tweets. He has bypassed the MSM and gone directly to the voters. He controls the message – not the media – for this time. Beware. The tech continues to improve and the risks of fraud will likely increase, IMO.

    • duker permalink
      March 4, 2017 11:32 pm

      Nasa was saying not long ago that the total volume of ice for Antarctica has been increasing ( non sea ice)
      “A new NASA study says that an increase in Antarctic snow accumulation that began 10,000 years ago is currently adding enough ice to the continent to outweigh the increased losses from its thinning glaciers.

      The research challenges the conclusions of other studies, including the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) 2013 report, which says that Antarctica is overall losing land ice.”

      began 10K years ago, who would have thought

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