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BBC “Astonished” By Perfectly Usual Arctic Weather!

June 10, 2020
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By Paul Homewood



The BBC have been up to their tricks again, this time with their Arctic heatwave propaganda.




  In fact temperatures over 30C are perfectly common events in that part of Russia above the Arctic Circle.

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Pesha only has a handful of years of data, but there are plenty of other stations nearby with long, continuous records. (Pesha’s co-ordinates are 66N 47E)

The nearest three with more than 80 years data are:



All three show the same picture, with temperatures over 30C throughout the record:


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At Indiga which is the furthest north, for instance, the highest temperature on record is 31.3, set on 26th July 1974.

Although it may sound a bit illogical, high temperatures like these are commonly seen across the Arctic. The reason, as Tony Heller points out, is that during June, the Arctic receives more solar radiation than any place else on Earth.

  1. johnbillscott permalink
    June 10, 2020 11:37 am

    Having spent time in the Arctic during summer when the sun is out 24 hours per day it can be short sleeve weather . It is quite different in deep winter when the sun does not shine and – 60F is the norm. Its all about the sun or lack of it.

    • Ian Magness permalink
      June 10, 2020 12:05 pm

      Yep, the interior of Alaska (much of which is close to the Arctic Circle) gets 30C temperatures each and every year. 24 hours of daylight at this precise time of year helps somewhat.

  2. NeilC permalink
    June 10, 2020 11:44 am

    The first thing I noticed about the examples is, they all appear to have a flat tren. Now, Paul you know that temperatures are rising exponentially /s.

  3. MrGrimNasty permalink
    June 10, 2020 12:00 pm

    If they don’t want 30C in the Arctic Circle they should just tell the weather to stop crossing an imaginary line on a map or else he’ll have to sit on the Eurasian naughty Steppe.

    Heller has also demolished this story on his blog.

    • I don't believe it! permalink
      June 10, 2020 6:58 pm

      And on Twitter

  4. tom0mason permalink
    June 10, 2020 12:11 pm

    It is worth repeating …

    The Green Blob is alive and living within the lefty non-news outlet of the BBC!

  5. Philip Mulholland permalink
    June 10, 2020 12:12 pm

    But it cannot possibly be the sun! Climate science divides the strength of the incoming rays by 4, which means that the sun is too weak to heat anything.

  6. Mack permalink
    June 10, 2020 12:52 pm

    I’m not astonished at their astonishment. Now, I’d be really astonished if BBC weather suddenly announced, ‘It’s the sun, stupid, and man’s got bugger all to do with it”. Come on, there’s got to be at least one maverick left in the institution with basic science knowledge, a sense of humour and access to their twitter handle. Ooh, just think of the meltdown that would cause.

  7. Broadlands permalink
    June 10, 2020 1:32 pm

    But, but… you just don’t understand! This is a real climate emergency and the science is settled. There is only a small window of opportunity and time is getting short. Do something…please. Little children are scared. Send and spend…more money…on climate change meetings. Capture the CO2 and bury it. Build more wind turbines and solar panels farms. Walk to work with Greta? Make a difference…please. Arggh.

    • johnporterwp permalink
      June 10, 2020 4:47 pm

      Greta WORKS!!! 😱

  8. Ben Vorlich permalink
    June 10, 2020 2:40 pm

    I have a ;ook at the DMI pages most days. Yesterday’s (09/06/2020) charts showed that the temperature North of 80 was below freezing and about average, Greenland mass gain was normal at about zero, and Arctic sea ice volume is about the same as the last 4 years although the decline is slower than 2016 and 17.

    So a location just inside the Arctic Circle having a warm day or two isn’t that worrying

    • Matt Dalby permalink
      June 12, 2020 10:34 pm

      Greenland mass gain for 10/6 was close to 5 gigatons, a record for June, just beating the amount recorded the previous week (over 4 gigatons). If anything is astonishing about arctic weather, then it’s these figures, but there has been no mention of it in the MSN. What a surprise!

  9. Anon permalink
    June 10, 2020 3:41 pm

    I would just like to leave a comment on this blog as a whole.
    I am a 19 year old first year university student, not a scientist or activist or anything of the sort, not here to pass judgement.
    It has been very interesting reading articles that go against the norm found at large in the media today, and while I do still hold contrary views to most of those published here, it has forced me to think more and challenge the assumptions I make day-to-day about global concerns.
    Please continue to post and encourage debate!

    • Mack permalink
      June 10, 2020 10:22 pm

      Congratulations Anon. You don’t have to agree with any of the comments here. The fact that you are willing to visit a site such as this, read views and articles which are not mainstream fare and, perhaps, contradict what you believe or what you’ve been taught, reflects very well on you. Go away and research the subject in greater detail from a wide range of sources rather than uncritically swallow the propaganda that the MSM serve up on a daily basis or, indeed, the views of we contrarians. Always ask questions and always look at the data. Even if you don’t change your mind you’ll be a better person for the experience. If nothing else, Mr Homewood shines a bright light on issues that will affect you, your friends and family for decades to come. Knowledge is power as they say and never be ashamed to change your mind. Just keep it open!

      • John Palmer permalink
        June 11, 2020 7:17 pm


  10. June 10, 2020 5:59 pm

    Surely some mistake. We have been told by the usual suspects for years now that the suyn has little to do with termperatures on earth, it is all about CO2.

  11. June 15, 2020 4:12 pm

    Yesterday was measured the highest temperature of this summer in Finland. It was in Ylitornio exactly at the Nordic Circle and the temperature was 28.8 C.

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