By Paul Homewood
h/t Ian Magness
A new record high temperature for the Antarctic continent of +18.3C has been confirmed by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).
It occurred on 6 February last year at Argentina’s Esperanza research station.
The mark was widely reported at the time but has now been validated by a WMO committee set up to check extreme weather data from around the globe.
The same group rejected an even higher Antarctic claim for 2020 of +20.75C, "recorded" on Seymour Island.
This again received international headlines, but the committee found the sensor set-up incorporated into a Brazilian permafrost experiment had not been properly protected from direct sunlight.
As the report goes on to explain. the record temperature occurred as the result of Foehn winds, which can add several degrees.
The implication is that temperatures like these are not “normal” on the normally frigid Antarctic continent.
In reality temperature of 15C and more are not unusual there, and the previous record of 18.0C was set in 1979:
I personally cannot get worked up about a rise of 0.4C in 41 years! And I certainly would not call 18.4C “heat”.
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July 20, 2021 at 06:13AM