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Alaska’s Heatwave Nearly As Hot As 1915-So It Must Be Global Warming Say BBC

July 6, 2019

By Paul Homewood

According to the BBC:


The US state of Alaska, part of which lies inside the Arctic Circle, is sweltering under a heatwave, with record temperatures recorded in several areas, including its largest city.

Temperatures reached 90F (32C) in Anchorage on Thursday, shattering the city’s previous record of 85F.

Several other places in southern Alaska also set all-time or daily records.

Experts say the unusual weather has been caused by a “heat dome” over the southern part of the state.

The high pressure system is expected to move north next week.


The BBC are quite certain what the cause is, as the article’s header is a video by Matt McGrath, headed “Climate Change-Why We Should Care”.


Yet as the article itself mentions further down, Alaska’s record high temperature of 100F was set as long ago as 1915 in Fort Yukon, much further north than Anchorage, and inside the Arctic Circle.


Clearly this event is not unprecented in Alaska, and nothing at all to do with “climate change”.

To suggest otherwise is dishonest, but unfortunately an all too common event for our global warming obsessed BBC.

  1. Saighdear permalink
    July 6, 2019 10:16 pm

    Oh I know, I know, I know. ….. So WHO WROTE the stupid article and couldn’t get their story to hold consistency? Maybe, dare I ask, is it some student/apprentice from a Non-native-English speaking country – who didn’t fully understand the vagaries of the English Language, etc etc. ( I’m being kind here).
    Watching so much Foreign Euro TV I find the Climatism Smell, nay, STINK, in almost EVERY Program I watch/ happen upon – some of it repeated from our bbc but others of their own brand.

  2. tom0mason permalink
    July 6, 2019 10:29 pm

    So nothing to do with the Sea Surface Temperatures the, see

    Nothing to do with the seismic activity? See

    • MrGrimNasty permalink
      July 6, 2019 10:40 pm

      The Med. was strongly negative a month ago, then the Sahara heat plume, now it is strongly positive. SSTs respond very quickly to the prevailing weather (and cloud level changes).

      • tom0mason permalink
        July 6, 2019 11:00 pm

        Two thing
        1. The Mediterranean Sea and is fairly shallow in comparison OCEAN off the coast of Alaska. It is more sheltered so less affected by the Atlantic oceanic temperature changes, therefore it can heat and cool rapidly with seasonal changes.

        2. SST off the coast of Alaska and out to the Aleutian islands region have been persistently showing above average temperature anomaly for months (might be a year now).
        This ‘feature’ may have helped to maintain a high pressure over the region (with its clockwise winds), and thus helped with getting the Arctic winds to blast through the mid-USA during the winter-spring seasons this year.

      • MrGrimNasty permalink
        July 6, 2019 11:15 pm

        Chickens and eggs. Pointless pontificating about unknowables and half-baked theories. It’s just random weather..

      • tom0mason permalink
        July 7, 2019 7:59 am

        Thanks MrGrimNasty, the name suits you. Grim and nasty.

    • tom0mason permalink
      July 6, 2019 10:44 pm

      Nothing to do with the persistent High pressure over the region or the Low pressure below it. See,47.73,474

      What it certainly is NOT is the CO2 Levels round about that region. See,47.73,474 as they are about global average.

    • tom0mason permalink
      July 7, 2019 8:27 am

      Grim and Nasty — In replay to your “Pointless pontificating about unknowables and half-baked theories.”

      And as has been pointed out many before Alaska is strongly influenced by summer weather patterns and is linked to the Pacific Decadal Oscillation (PDO), the El Niño Southern Oscillation (ENSO), and the Arctic Oscillation (AO). Their evaluation, based on multiple linear regression modeling, is now used to forecast the fire season in Alaska; however, their statistical model underestimated the total burnt area during the recent large-fire years of 2004, and 2005. Approximately 40% of the total burnt area was associated with negative AO events that were more common during the early period of the record. An additional 35% was associated with the warm phase of the PDO after 1976 (Fauria and Johnson, 2008 ). Warm PDO phases tend to produce persistent high-pressure anomalies over northern North America, especially over western Canada and Alaska (Zhang et al., 1997 []). Kasischke et al. (2010 Canadian Journal of Forest Research Volume 40, Issue 7, 2010, Pages 1313-1324) identified longer-term trends in the frequency of large fire years and average annual area burned at decadal scales over the past 6 decades and found the burnt area trend in Alaska over the past 70 years different from that observed in Canada.

      Maybe your should read more and comment less that way you may be less grim and nasty.

  3. MrGrimNasty permalink
    July 6, 2019 10:36 pm

    I think the records for Anchorage only go back to the 1950s, and also there’s massive airport development. Another meaningless ‘record’.

    As ever I’m sure a scan of historical newspapers will prove it’s not a record at all.

    And don’t forget a lot of Alaska avoided the ice sheet in the last ice age and had extensive grasslands with warm summers.

    • Coeur de Lion permalink
      July 7, 2019 8:44 am

      So was the Professor Somebodyorother who came on with global warming on the BBC yesterday lying or ignorant? Not the fault of the BBC of course “oh we only report the opinions of others “

  4. David P permalink
    July 6, 2019 11:48 pm

    Tony Heller on US heatwaves

  5. July 7, 2019 2:36 am

    This refers to the Euopean heatwave where a concerned person writes to ask how the record was ‘calculated’!!

    • Gerry, England permalink
      July 7, 2019 3:57 pm

      So for the Berlin entries we have 3 airports and a botanical garden…….

  6. July 7, 2019 3:02 am

    The ‘raw data’ of 38.5 isn’t a new record –
    The previous highest temperature for this month was 38.5 degrees in 1947, measured at a weather station in Bühlertal in Baden-Württemberg

  7. July 7, 2019 4:04 am

    Reblogged this on Climate Collections.

  8. July 7, 2019 6:40 am

    Well Professor Sir Brian Hoskins, Chair of the Grantham Institute, was on Radio 4 to tell us that this would be the new norm for Alaska as by the end of the century it would be 10 degrees warmer (unless we did something about it right now).. We have been warned. How these people can lie so easily baffles me. Their whole lives are built on the basis of lying.

    • Gerry, England permalink
      July 7, 2019 3:54 pm

      It is a psychological condition where the liar genuinely believes that their lies are true and hence they can seem so convincing. Blair is a good example.

  9. mjr permalink
    July 7, 2019 7:50 am

    And as i mentioned in my comment on the “About” thread yesterday, this was mentioned at least twice on the Saturday morning Breakfast programme on BBC1 which, being a 30 second item, did not make any reference to the previous highs and so gave the impression that this was unprecedented. And as I also mentioned . this was additional to a feature report (again repeated) about Orkney’s archaeological sites being threatened by sea level rise of 1 metre this century

  10. July 7, 2019 7:59 am

    The BBC World Service had this as its lead item, and was even more OTT than the regular BBC, going on about how recent warm weather in Alaska has been “wreaking havoc” with wildlife. Emotional Tosh from a once respected news agency.

  11. July 7, 2019 8:07 am

    Reblogged this on Climate- Science.

  12. mjr permalink
    July 7, 2019 8:56 am

    also .. just caught up with Friday’s any questions..
    question asked about the effect of climate change on the Fens. The four answers show why we are all going to hell in handcart (as we wont have cars or money to buy them or fuel to power them). Usual claptrap – ban climate change deniers (or any constructive discussion) we must lead the world, One stupid panellist talked about how there are now recycling facilities (for all the wine bottles she goes through) in the village that she has been going to in Italy every year for the last 30 years. So no Carbon footprint there. And Ken Clarke! . Ans all with the usual BBC unbiased moderation ! Basically 4 metropolitan elitist decamped to the sticks talking rubbish and virtue signalling. And then a question about farming that ended up as Brexit bashing.

  13. tom0mason permalink
    July 7, 2019 9:12 am

    I find it interesting that where the two areas were persistent high pressures sets-up are just where the gravity is below normal —

    Low gravity at Greenland and over the Alaskan area.

  14. theguvnor permalink
    July 7, 2019 12:32 pm

    I heard Anthony Gormley on R4 yesterday bemoaning BP sponsorship and spouting support for the ‘greenwash’ campaign. This is a man who’s work includes 100 cast iron figures @ 650kg each and 600 tonnes of concrete to hold them in place, an Angel of the North fabricated in steel in 100, 50 + 50 tonne sections brought to site by road, 35000 terracotta figures moulded + fired in Mexico and shipped to whereever…Not much inherent energy in that lot. I would suggest a hypocrite and using an artistic term useful tool for the warmistas.

  15. Tom Lambert permalink
    July 7, 2019 2:30 pm

    And the weather is still doing what weather does.

  16. Danny Elswick permalink
    July 8, 2019 11:42 am

    The population of polar bears is much larger than at anytime in my life. (63 years old).
    With higher numbers you will find more polar bears in places not usually inhabited by bears. You’ll find more dead bears. They are not going extinct! Quite the opposite, more and more exist.
    Hate me for pointing this out, but its true.

  17. July 8, 2019 4:13 pm

    90’s F are relatively common in the Interior, Fairbanks and the North Slope during the summer. Almost unheard of here in Anchorage mostly due to our proximity to Cook Inlet, which is why the 90F last Thursday was a record. Happily, the blocking high is supposed to break down this week and allow it to cool down a bit. It is already down by perhaps 5 – 8 F the last couple days. Cheers –

  18. swan101 permalink
    July 11, 2019 10:52 am

    Reblogged this on ECO-ENERGY DATABASE.

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