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Scientists Panic, Because Arctic Is 0.4F Warmer Than In 1915!

June 22, 2020

By Paul Homewood


h/t Patsy Lacey



The Arctic is thought to have recorded its hottest ever temperature of 100.4F (38C) in Siberia, an astonishing 32F (18C) above the normal level for this time of year.

The mercury shot up to the unprecedented level in Verkhoyansk, 3,000 miles east of Moscow, as the region endures a summer heatwave.

Scientists had predicted the Arctic wouldn’t reach these levels until 2100, meaning it is warming 80 years faster than previously thought.

If the record is confirmed it will represent a new high. The current record for hottest temperature in the Arctic is held by Prospect Creek, Alaska, which recorded 100F (38C) in 1915.

Weatherman for CBS, Jeff Beradelli, said on Twitter yesterday: ‘Likely the hottest temperature ever recorded in the Arctic happened today.

‘What’s happening in Siberia this year is nothing short of remarkable. For perspective, Miami has only reached 100F (38C) once on record.’


Even the babies who write for the Mail could surely spot the fly in the ointment – that this new record is only 0.4F higher than the previous one set in 1915! Hardly the apocalypse they are trying to present.

As for Verkhoyansk itself, temperatures there reached 37.3C (99.1F) in 1988 during a succession of 30C+ days, so again there is nothing remarkable about the latest weather at all:

time series



The bottom line is that temperatures like these have always been commonplace in the Arctic.


  1. June 22, 2020 11:04 am

    They are so determined to prove the false narrative they cherry pick what supports it and ignore what doesn’t. The prime example being the above one being mentioned and summer snowfalls in the US totally ignored

  2. June 22, 2020 11:32 am

    “Scientists had predicted the Arctic wouldn’t reach these levels until 2100, meaning it is warming 80 years faster than previously thought”. Yet more evidence that these “scientists” always get it wrong. Do they not realise how stupid they sound?

    • Phoenix44 permalink
      June 22, 2020 12:18 pm

      Either the science is therefore completely wrong or that’s not what the forecast said. It’s clearly the latter, as nobody is forecasting one-off daily highs in 2100. But as I have said time and time again, a forecast is just as wrong if things turn out 5 degrees higher rather than 5 degrees lower than the forecast. Same with 80 years earlier – its not “more right” it means the forecast is wrong.

      • Sean permalink
        June 22, 2020 1:52 pm

        But don’t you understand — a single day’s high temperature is _climate_ and proof of AGW, while four months of below-normal temperatures is just _weather_. At least that’s how the gospel of AGW records it.

  3. AndyG55 permalink
    June 22, 2020 11:43 am

    Every new “record” should be accompanied by a picture of the site it was recorded at, and the list of changes at and around that site.

    Otherwise it is totally meaningless.

  4. It doesn't add up... permalink
    June 22, 2020 12:10 pm

    Verkhoyansk fights over the title of the coldest village in the world with Oymyakon, an area to the south-east of the town. However, it holds the Guinness World Record for the greatest temperature range on Earth, from -67.8C in winter to 37.3C in summer.14 Nov 2017

    Gosh, the increase is over 100C! We’re all going to be boiled alive! Not even the coldest place is exempt!

    • dennisambler permalink
      June 22, 2020 4:57 pm

      “Warming Arctic, hottest ever” has been a constant re-inforcing theme for many years now, in order to internalise warming in the public psyche and convince people it’s all melting.

      Example from last year:

      “Last week, Environment Canada, the country’s national weather agency, confirmed that Alert, Nunavut, the most northerly permanently inhabited spot on Earth, hit 69.8 degrees Fahrenheit (21 degrees Celsius) on July 14, the highest temperature ever recorded there.”

      However, they seem to have different thermometers from this weather site:

      Scroll down halfway for the 2009-2020 Alert data. They show a maximum of 5C for July 2019. Maybe on a single day it hit 21C, but there is no warming in the data from 2009 to 2020.

      There is no current warming elsewhere in the Arctic:
      Frobisher Bay, now called Iqaluit, is the capital of Nunavut. “Nunavut is a massive, sparsely populated territory of northern Canada, forming most of the Canadian Arctic Archipelago.” (google maps). It includes the NW Passage, which Amundsen negotiated from 1903-6 in a wooden hulled ship and where those seeking to prove the Arctic is melting, often get stuck, if not some distance before they get there.

      Scroll halfway down for data from 2009 to 2020, nothing much happening, but looks to be trending colder. It was minus 34 C in February this year.

      Extreme temperatures, Canada:

      Most record highs are in the 1st half of the last century. Strange…

  5. June 22, 2020 12:17 pm

    Their record is the broken one they keep trying to play to us.

  6. Spencer Lee permalink
    June 22, 2020 12:20 pm

    ‘The Arctic is thought to have recorded its hottest ever temperature’. Note THOUGHT. What sort of fool prints this nonsense.

  7. Phoenix44 permalink
    June 22, 2020 12:21 pm

    Is 38°C in 2020 really higher than 38°C in 1915 as they claim? Seems an odd record.

    • AndyG55 permalink
      June 22, 2020 12:55 pm

      Two different measuring units. F then C now.?

      The error could easily be in reading and conversion between units.

    • June 22, 2020 1:58 pm

      It is when you are having to support daily a one billion dollar and rising scam!

  8. johnbillscott permalink
    June 22, 2020 12:25 pm

    Because the Sun does not set in the high Arctic in summer it get warm due to radiant heat. Conversely, it gets bloody freezing in winter when the sun does not peep over the horizon.

  9. Leedschris permalink
    June 22, 2020 12:26 pm

    Fort Yukon in Alaska lies just in the Arctic at the same latitude as verkhoyansk and has recorded a temperature of above 100f in 1915. Average max temps in July are nearly 86f/30c. In that latitude if you get clear skies for a few days in summer the sun can shine 24 hours a day and in still air temperatures climb above 30c. As you said the new record at verkhoyansk only bears the record by a fraction of a degree.

  10. AndyG55 permalink
    June 22, 2020 12:53 pm

    They state a range of -67.8ºC to 37.3ºC

    That top is not that much different from the recent high temp.

    Development around the site would be interesting to see.

    Google Earth seems to show a lot of newish buildings, but I can’t locate the actual weather station.

  11. June 22, 2020 1:08 pm

    So it has taken 105 years of global warming to set a new artic record? PANIC!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  12. Gerry, England permalink
    June 22, 2020 1:16 pm

    In today’s Mail we have the Met Office preparing to fake a record temperature for June as they did last year with the Cambridge site for the UK overall. Warm weather is coming from mid-week so they are champing at the bit to get a record for June. Any bets as to if it will be from non-recognised site again?

  13. Broadlands permalink
    June 22, 2020 1:28 pm

    Why ‘cherry pick’ a high latitude when there are records at high altitudes?

     SWITZERLAND: Zermatt: July 26, 1921. “The heat has not greatly abated. On the summit of the Wellenkuppe, above Zermatt, and 12,830 feet high, the temperature at 10 o’clock in the morning has exceeded 100°F., and this despite the summit’s being perpetually snow-clad… never do Alpinists remember such a variety of bright-colored butterflies in the high mountains as this year.” CO2, pre-industrial?

  14. MrGrimNasty permalink
    June 22, 2020 5:45 pm

    The BBC has its usual objective calm report on the story.

    Sorry, looked the same, why it’s in ‘science’ and not ‘politics/religion’?

  15. Pancho Plail permalink
    June 22, 2020 6:30 pm

    Yet more illiteracy (or is it innumeracy?) from a journalist. Since when have speeds been measured in years (80 years faster)?

  16. arfurbryant permalink
    June 22, 2020 6:56 pm

    Apples and oranges? How was the new temperature observed and recorded in 1915? In 1915 it was by a person eyeballing a mercury thermometer at some infrequent period during the day. At least once every hour and probably less frequently than that. In 2020 how was it recorded? Electric thermometer taking continuous observation and recording every minute? Even if it was another person eyeballing a thermometer, the UKMO states that the margin of error for eyeballing thermometers can be up to TEN degrees! Very likely to be at least 1 degree. 0.4F in100 years? FFS! Talk about jumping the shark…!

    • It doesn't add up... permalink
      June 22, 2020 9:26 pm

      Actually, we have been able to record maximum and minimum temperatures since 1780:'s_thermometer

      The chief variable has been ensuring that it is placed in a suitable location. The Stevenson screen didn’t come along until 1864 to help eliminate some of the variables, and its use has been far from universal:

      I has become fashionable to install equipment at airports where it will be blasted by jet engines to create new records. This has been helped by the development of ever more powerful jets. Proximity to greenhouses and air-conditioning unit exhausts is favoured if you come from Cambridge.

    • Gerry, England permalink
      June 23, 2020 9:00 am

      In Australia they record every tenth of a second – and they now use smaller Stevenson screens.

    • It doesn't add up... permalink
      June 23, 2020 6:32 pm

      Where I think you may well be right is that eyeballing of thermometers is probably not accurate to 0.4F or just over 0.2C: max/min thermometers tend not to have a widely spaced scale, because the tube has to accommodate the pin indicators, limiting the extent to which the diameter can be narrowed. Also, it’s possible that the pin might fall back a little under gravity as the temperature recedes from the maximum, so it may under record – but I never saw that in the days when I used to do the readings from our school weather station.

  17. stephensparrownz permalink
    June 22, 2020 8:59 pm

    Hello Paul Was it warmer in Siberia 2300 years ago – check this sho e

    Regards Stephen Sparrow

    On Mon, Jun 22, 2020 at 9:29 PM NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT wrote:

    > Paul Homewood posted: “By Paul Homewood h/t Patsy Lacey The Arctic is > thought to have recorded its hottest ever temperature of 100.4F (38C) in > Siberia, an astonishing 32F (18C) above the normal level for this time of > year. The mercury shot up to the unpre” >

  18. MrGrimNasty permalink
    June 22, 2020 11:49 pm

    I guess another point you could make is that it is’t a record temperature for Siberia, I’m having some trouble wading through Google search to find what the record is (pages of this claimed record come up). The Arctic circle is obviously just an imaginary line which weather does not respect.

    e.g. Yakutsk is about 280 miles from the Arctic circle and has recorded:

    +38.4 °C (101.1 °F) on 17 July 2011
    +38.3 °C (100.9 °F) on 15 July 1942

    I’m sure with more time we could find places even closer to the Arctic circle with similar temperatures.

    • MrGrimNasty permalink
      June 23, 2020 3:12 pm

      More info from wiki on Yakutsk:

      With an extremely continental subarctic climate, Yakutsk has the coldest winter temperatures for any major city on Earth. Average monthly temperatures in Yakutsk range from +19.5 °C (67.1 °F) in July to −38.6 °C (−37.5 °F) in January. Yakutsk is the largest city built on continuous permafrost, and many houses there are built on concrete piles.

      Summers are warm and short, with daily maximum temperatures occasionally exceeding +30 °C (86 °F), making the seasonal temperature differences for the region the greatest in the world at 102 °C (184 °F). The lowest temperature recorded in Yakutsk was −64.4 °C (−83.9 °F) on 5 February 1891 and the highest temperatures +38.4 °C (101.1 °F) on 17 July 2011 and +38.3 °C (100.9 °F) on 15 July 1942.

      The hottest month in records going back to 1834 has been July 1894, with a mean of +23.2 °C (73.8 °F), and the coldest, January 1900, which averaged −51.4 °C (−60.5 °F).

  19. AndyG55 permalink
    June 23, 2020 6:01 am

    Fort Yukon, basically same latitude 1915, 100ºF

    • dave permalink
      June 23, 2020 9:29 am

      This childish propaganda is always going to be effective, because so few people have the slightest understanding of how the world works. They may think they do, because they watch rubbish, pretend-science, on TV. But real science is completely lost on them, because they are irredeemably shallow – too shallow to concentrate for a moment on exact explanations.

      A notorious film shows newly minted Harvard Arts Graduates being asked the cause of summer. Few of them knew that it was caused by the tilt of the earth. They all generally thought it was caused by the earth approaching closer to the sun. (How this squared with Australia having its summer at a time six months different from America’s did not seem to occur to them as a question).

      I am sure that they had all been shown the reason in science class in high school, and I am also sure that their brains immediately started to hurt, and they threw the knowledge away.

      Oh, and incidentally, none of them knew that the matter in the tree they were standing under came almost completely from the atmosphere. They had utterly forgotten the concept of photosynthesis.

      What is to be done? Nothing can be done.

      “Arctic always cold, right? That is what the word means, really. A high temperature has been observed in the Arctic. That shows there is something very wrong with the world. Global warming proved! Do your bit. Fight it!”

      Another smashing victory for the witch-doctors. And all it took was a few emotional words from one of their innumerable ‘useful idiots.’

      • dave permalink
        June 23, 2020 10:19 am

        When I say “childish propaganda,” I mean the DM article, not the charmingly authentic record from the Yukon.

        I am, in general, reminded of what some ‘statistician’ in the 19th Century wrote:

        “We scientific and mathematical men do all sorts of calculations and have recently extended ourselves to the analysis of official figures of social matters. What we have to remember, though, is that every observation was first recorded by the village watchman – and he wrote down whatever he dammed well pleased!”

  20. MrGrimNasty permalink
    June 23, 2020 3:37 pm

    I think I’ve found the hottest place in Siberia – Chita, it is pretty southerly, but still classed as a sub-arctic climate.

    August 1936 was 40.6 °C (105.1 °F)

    Although another wiki page claims it also holds the record for Russia.

    June 1898 43.2 °C (109.8 °F)

    Yet again this shows that as far as proof of climate change does, citing records is an abuse of science. Records are pretty unreliable, many are lost/forgotten, and yes potentially unreliable from long ago, as well as present day (politics and human mischief/ego). Records are points of interest only, not a measure of climate change.

  21. Gamecock permalink
    June 23, 2020 10:07 pm

    ‘The Arctic’ is 5.5 million square miles.

    Canada is 3.8 million square miles.

    The U.S. is 3.8 million square miles.

    A reading at Verkhoyansk represents double ought nothing.

    ‘If the record is confirmed it will represent a new high. The current record for hottest temperature in the Arctic is held by Prospect Creek, Alaska, which recorded 100F (38C) in 1915.’

    Oh, it will be confirmed. There are massive incentives for it to be confirmed. (None of which have anything to do with science.)

    Again, this is a single point within 5.5 million square miles. It is the definition of trivia.

  22. Andrew Stokman permalink
    June 24, 2020 2:37 am

    Good job of showing the facts. I have been very interested in the weather in verkhoyansk for many years now as it is one of the towns that are called to pole of cold. The other town being oymyakon. These towns have the distinction of having the largest range of temperatures from the coldest to the hottest temperatures. Ranging from -67 and -71.1 up to 35 to 38 degrees. A range of over 100 c. I seem to recall weather records from verkhoyansk in 1984 i believe where the coldest temperature of the year was -63 and the warmest was just a hair shy of 40 degrees. I can’t seem to find those records online anymore. It is not surprising that these records are not found anymore. We are living in an age where facts and truth are becoming more and more illegal. I do appreciate what this article points out. Thank you.

    • Gamecock permalink
      June 24, 2020 6:24 pm

      Any big daily swings at verkhoyansk or oymyakon?

    • June 25, 2020 8:44 am

      Thanks for reminding us that the BBC is not a reliable source of information!

      I suggest you go back and read my post again

  23. George Reagan permalink
    June 27, 2020 2:44 pm

    Hell, 0.4F* is well within the error range of analog temp gauges and everyday eyeballs., Especially at -40 *F as ones arse is freezing off. Digital gauges didn’t appear until somewhere in the 1960s/1970s. Earlier data should be voided and/or expressed in a foot note.

  24. Peter permalink
    June 29, 2020 9:23 am

    I have always wondered how we can compare temperature records from 100 years ago with the records of today.

    First of all, the device is totally different. Back then it was very likely a mercury-based thermometer, which has a human reading error of serveral tenths of a degree. Now we have all sorts of electronic devices, which claim to be accurate to more than one hundredth of a degree.

    Back then a person had to go out there (rain or shine; freeze or shimmer) to the thermometer and take a reading. Probably this was done no more than two dozen times a day. Now we have devices that log a measurement every second. Chances of getting a record temperature (both high and low) are higher just because of the increase in sample size.

    Third… urban heat island. Thermometers which are in an urban area now were not surrounded by any building, airco, engine or other human-induced warming object back then.

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