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July Arctic Sea Ice Extent Highest Since 2005

August 3, 2018

By Paul Homewood


According to DMI, average Arctic sea ice extent in July is at its highest level since 2005.

With temperatures at normal levels, there is little prospect of Peter Wadhams predictions coming true this year!


  1. August 3, 2018 11:28 am

    Spoil sport. Shouldn’t there be and upside down hockey stick?

  2. August 3, 2018 11:32 am

    That’s one heck of a death spiral.

  3. Ben Vorlich permalink
    August 3, 2018 12:29 pm

    The Arctic temperature has been below average most of the summer, only touching normal in early summer, this is the first time since then.

  4. Gerry, England permalink
    August 3, 2018 12:41 pm

    Are there any of these warmist ‘swim to the North Pole’ expeditions this summer for us to laugh at when they get stuck in the ice?

    • Ian Magness permalink
      August 3, 2018 1:29 pm

      No. They are too busy complaining about the Northern Hemisphere’s Hottest Summer EVAH!! and ranting that, despite recent dreadful summers, all future summers will be like this as they’ve been telling us for years.

    • August 3, 2018 7:02 pm

      Yes, there is a Swedish icebreaker on its way. Listen at about 22.5mins on this BBC Radio 4 programme. Helen Czerski will be reporting back for the BBC

      • Gerry, England permalink
        August 3, 2018 7:57 pm

        Tell you what, I’ll believe you to avoid having to listen to something from the BBC – life’s too short.

      • cockneygit permalink
        August 4, 2018 11:52 am

        Gerry: Amen to that. We gave up our TV licence four and a half years ago now, as we just couldn’t stand the BBC any more. The Brexit stuff has been even worse, and their hate-pieces on Tommy Robinson. And we only know of that because our Amazon Alexa gives us BBC news feeds (and we don’t know how to stop it!).

      • August 5, 2018 11:24 am

        I rid my home of TV Feb. 1, 2013 and do not miss it. I listen to Rush Limbaugh which catches me up on everything of importance and get local news during the hour/half-hour breaks. As a bonus, Rush explains the left in order to nuke them and has humorous parodies. In the evening, I watch things on YouTube, especially the full videos of President Trump’s speeches and events.

  5. MrGrimNasty permalink
    August 3, 2018 1:52 pm

    Sorry off topic. Record under threat 38.5C?

    14:28 3rd August, EW6629 Aldershot – 36.2C and climbing.

    Also EW1664 Ashford almost 36C

    Both are significantly higher (4-7C) than nearest stations – looks odd.

    • MrGrimNasty permalink
      August 3, 2018 2:38 pm

      No hotter, but other locations catching up (34C) now, not sure how right the ‘weatherobs’ live map is though – legitimate stations or not – seems hotter than other sources? Oh well, sure it’ll all come out in the wash.

  6. Phoenix44 permalink
    August 3, 2018 1:58 pm

    I read somewhere yesterday that the Arctic was having a “heatwave”? The BBC said this:

    “While acknowledging that the current heatwave in the Arctic is unprecedented in the historical record, the researchers were not able to clearly resolve the impact of human influence.”

    Where is this heatwave then?

    • Mick J permalink
      August 3, 2018 2:22 pm

      I find WeatherBell is handy for a global monthly anomaly view based upon NOAA data. Joe Bastardi ISTR has commented in the past that the NCEP numbers are reasonable compared to other interpretations of the data. 🙂 For July 2018, the Arctic looks decidedly cool. Not an image that the BBC would appreciate.


    • MrGrimNasty permalink
      August 3, 2018 2:31 pm

      As ever, they start with almost the truth, then after a few reports, get ‘sloppy’ accidentally on purpose to mislead. The heat is on some parts of the Arctic circle in N.Europe/Russia – not the N.Pole Arctic.

      • dave permalink
        August 3, 2018 4:41 pm

        I think ‘they’ are in their ‘rapture phase.’ Based on similar historical examples of ecstatic religions, this can go on for a very long time before unconsciousness and (hopefully) death eventuate.

    • Old Englander permalink
      August 4, 2018 6:45 am

      Just checked it because I could not believe the quote just made, but it’s true. They do claim a *current* Arctic heatwave. Anyone fancy complaining to the BBC with the DMI’s data ? Should be an open and shut case (ho ho).

      • dave permalink
        August 4, 2018 9:58 am

        It is always a useful technique to obscure the difference between,

        “X exists somewhere in Y”


        “X exists everywhere in Y.”

        In the old days of ‘The Brains Trust,’ the philosopher Joad might have commented,

        “Arctic heatwave? It all depends on what you mean by the words ‘Arctic’ and ‘heatwave.’ ”

        “…fancy complaining to the BBC…?”

        Not really.

        Why give them a laugh? They know what they are doing.

        Mind, some of those whom I refer to as ‘the foot-soldiers’ might actually be as ignorant as they seem to be.

      • John189 permalink
        August 4, 2018 1:04 pm

        I agree with the comments posted by Mr GrimNasty and Dave. Temperatures above 30 Celsius are not uncommon in the Arctic regions of Sweden, Finland and Russia. Whilst records at individual stations will always be set, the following maximum recordings might add some perspective: Kiruna (Sweden, July 1945) 31.6 Celsius; Vorkuta (Russia) has in the past reached 33.8 Celsius, and Khatanga on the eastern side of Russia’s Taymyr Peninsula at 71.96 north has a maximum recorded temperature of 36.7 Celsius, but both currently have a cool anomaly.

  7. August 3, 2018 2:18 pm

    Seems to be trending up.

  8. Chris Lynch permalink
    August 3, 2018 2:19 pm

    I’ve noticed that the warmists always ramp up the propaganda and falsehoods in advance of some bad news for their narrative. This could be it although I suspect that they could also be expecting a severe Northern hemisphere winter too.

  9. rapscallion permalink
    August 3, 2018 2:32 pm

    I wonder how many “Wadhams” will still be floating about the Arctic at the point of maximum melt . Any takers? One Wadham = 1000 square kilometres.

  10. August 3, 2018 3:45 pm

    Arctic sea ice graphs always seem to start around 1979-1980, at the highest point for at least two decades. The subsequent so-called ‘decline’ gives a false impression that 1979 used to be the ‘normal’ level, which of course is nonsense.

  11. Bitter@twisted permalink
    August 3, 2018 4:30 pm

    Wadhams has lost it.
    He actually thinks MI5/6 were assassinating climate scientists.
    A real tinfoil hat conspiracy theorist, who should have been retired for his own well-being.

    • dave permalink
      August 3, 2018 4:54 pm


      Especially sad for people who used to be proud of their associations with Cambridge.

      • Bitter@twisted permalink
        August 3, 2018 5:37 pm

        As a Cambridge “Natsci” graduate and Brexit voter, living in Cambridge, I regularly have to bite my tongue at the w@nkerati, as Delingpole so accurately describes them.
        One of these days……

  12. August 4, 2018 1:08 am

    Many relationships in climate science seem obvious and so they are simply assumed and not tested.

    For example, the data do not show that changes in atmospheric CO2 are responsive to fossil fuel emissions.

    OR THAT SEA ICE IS RESPONSIVE TO GLOBAL WARMING. There is no evidence that year to year changes in Arctic sea ice area is driven by global warming.
    This relationship is an assumption.

    • dave permalink
      August 5, 2018 11:07 am

      “Sea ice is [not] responsive to global warming.”

      Indeed, but it may, along with shelf-ice, be responsive to disrespectful language!

      Not a lot of people know that, according to the explorer Nansen,

      “The Greenlanders dare not pronounce the name of a glacier as they row past it, for fear that it should be offended and throw off an ice-berg.”

  13. August 4, 2018 12:26 pm

    Reblogged this on Climate Collections.

  14. Mitchell Taylor permalink
    August 5, 2018 12:47 pm

    Increasing for the last 8 years.

    On Fri, Aug 3, 2018 at 7:21 AM, NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT wrote:

    > Paul Homewood posted: “By Paul Homewood > According to DMI, average Arctic sea ice extent in > July is at its highest level since 2005. With temperatures at normal > levels, there is little prospect of Peter Wadham” >

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