South Pole Sees Record Cold Winter, Smashing 1976 Record …WaPo Admits “Chill Was Exceptional”

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By P Gosselin on 3. October 2021

Record Antarctic winter this year (April to September) at the Amundsen–Scott South Pole Station with average of -61.1 ° C, the coldest on record.

Illustrative image: NASA.

Hat-tip: Régis Crépet

The previous record was -60.6°C in 1976.

Operated by United States Antarctic Program, the South Pole station this past summer was “the coldest on record, dating back to 1957,” noted the climate alarmist Washington Post, and had to concede the event was “impressive and unexpected”.

“Overheating planet” leading to more ice?

Struggling to reconcile the contradictory South Pole result with its claims of an overheating planet, the WaPo added: “both Antarctica and the planet continue to rapidly warm” — just before admitting: “The extreme cold over Antarctica helped push sea ice levels surrounding the continent to their fifth-highest level on record in August.”

“-100°F on numerous occasions”

The WaPo cited an interview with University of Wisconsin researcher Matthew Lazzara, who was “in awe” over the record cold. “In an interview, he said it was around minus-100 degrees on numerous occasions.”

It’s also reported that Russia’s Vostok Station dipped to minus-110.9 degrees (minus-79.4 Celsius) just days ago, which according to the WaPo was just one degree (0.6 Celsius) from the world’s lowest temperature on record during October.

WaPo’s claim of near record hot summer refuted

To maintain alarmism, the WaPo likes often cites outlier data that suggest the planet has just seen one of the hottest summers on record. But as the University of Huntsville satellite data by Dr. Roy Spencer  show, this has clearly not been the case. June-2021 came in 0.01°C below the mean of the 1991-2020 reference period, and July and August came in at +0.20°C and +0.17°C, making the summer mean on average a modest 0.12°C warmer than the 1991-2020 period:

Image: University of Alabama

The Washington Post’s suggestion that Antarctica “continues to warm rapidly” is also contradicted by recent studies showing the entire South Pole continent has in fact cooled since data recording began in the 1950s.

Read herehere and here.

There are a lot fake news and misleading press releases out there, and they are being consistently exposed by objective peer-reviewed science.

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Shoki Kaneda
October 3, 2021 2:20 pm

The heat is still hiding in the deep ocean. It will come out one day, then we’ll all be toast.

Keith Rowe
Reply to  Shoki Kaneda
October 3, 2021 3:45 pm

Deep Ocean is 1-3 degrees “warm”.

Joel O'Bryan
Reply to  Keith Rowe
October 3, 2021 7:42 pm

The climate scam suspends enforcement of the 2nd Law of Thermodynamics. Get with the program.

Bryan A
Reply to  Keith Rowe
October 3, 2021 8:46 pm

The extra missing degrees of warming IS hiding in the lower ocean margins…wrapped up in thermal blankets and sipping hot tea

Reply to  Keith Rowe
October 3, 2021 9:08 pm

Yes, but when the heat pops out from the deep ocean that 1-3°C will come out as terrifying peta Joules of energy and turn the Earth into Venus, so the climate ‘scientists’ and ‘journalists’ imply, or actually, cry.

But try as I might, room temperature air just refuses to warm up above a bowl of cold water. Maybe it’s not deep enough.

Joao Martins
Reply to  PCman999
October 4, 2021 2:13 am

Haven’t you seen in movies when things pop up from the oceans? It is sudden, in seconds. So most probably you should wait for the right moment when cold will pop up from your bowl: keep watching (patiently..).

Anthony Banton
Reply to  Keith Rowe
October 4, 2021 2:12 am

Temperature isn’t heat capacity.
Work it out using volume and specific heat.
for instance the oceans have ~ 270x the mass of the atmosphere and 4x the SH

So converting just 1C of ocean “heat” into atmospheric heat ….

270 x 4 x 1 = 1000C !!!!

Reply to  Anthony Banton
October 4, 2021 4:23 am

Hope you don’t get paid for this crap.You’re very bad at your job.

Abolition Man
Reply to  Tony
October 4, 2021 6:53 am

He got ALL his training from Bill Nye; how can you be so cruel!?

Reply to  Anthony Banton
October 4, 2021 8:03 am

I didn’t know that if the surface of the ocean went from 35F to 36F that the atmosphere would go from 57F to 1057. I’ve had everything wrong this whole time.
They really need to update the laws of thermodynamics to get with the times.

Reply to  Anthony Banton
October 4, 2021 12:30 pm

Didn’t you use to work for Met Office?

Harold Gott
Reply to  Anthony Banton
October 4, 2021 12:37 pm

The atmosphere is all around the world. the oceans cover only 70%. the atmosphere is 30 or 40 miles deep all over. the oceans are only 3-5 miles deep. your math does not add up.

Reply to  Shoki Kaneda
October 3, 2021 3:50 pm

The Loch Ness Monster won’t let the heat out
according to Michael Manns last peer reviewed papers.
But according to Hansen Godzilla is holding the heat back.(that’s why Tokyo is cooling)

IMO melting ice and snow are creating negative space.
That’s where the heat and rising sea levels are hiding.

Abolition Man
Reply to  SxyxS
October 4, 2021 6:56 am

Didn’t a Lame Stream Media host speculate that a missing airliner may have fallen into a black hole? I think we know where all the heat is hiding; just a feeling!

Iain Russell
Reply to  Shoki Kaneda
October 3, 2021 4:00 pm

I thought it was in the Mid Troposphere, just waitin’ for the Robt E Lee to bring it down!?

Boulder Skeptic
Reply to  Iain Russell
October 4, 2021 6:18 pm

Who is Robt E Lee? Must be one of those guys recently eliminated from history. How could you be so rayyyyccyst!

Reply to  Shoki Kaneda
October 3, 2021 5:41 pm

Or maybe the heat from centuries ago is currently coming out of the deep ocean, which is why we have had a small beneficial rise in temperatures over the last hundred and fifty years or so in many parts of the world and also in the mid to upper layers of the oceans.:)

Reply to  StuM
October 3, 2021 9:13 pm

I don’t think very cold, almost freezing water at the bottom of the oceans is helping to warm the surface or the land. But it does help balance and temper things, so the temps don’t swing too much either way.

Glen Haas
Reply to  Shoki Kaneda
October 3, 2021 7:52 pm

What a stupid statement when you have no data to back this up.

Reply to  Glen Haas
October 3, 2021 8:13 pm

Poe’s Law? 🙂

Reply to  Glen Haas
October 3, 2021 9:11 pm

I think you have your sarcasm indicator turned off. The comment was obviously in jest, and none of the other responses took it seriously.

Reply to  Glen Haas
October 4, 2021 12:15 am


Reply to  Glen Haas
October 4, 2021 6:50 am

Um, sarcasm?

Reply to  Shoki Kaneda
October 4, 2021 4:03 am

I have distant relatives there and they tell me their AC is running nonstop.

Reply to  Shoki Kaneda
October 4, 2021 10:20 pm


October 4, 2021 Cap Allon
With an average temperature of -61.1C (-78F), the South Pole has just logged its coldest 6-month spell ever recorded (April-Sept).

October 3, 2021 2:25 pm

OT. A bit closer to home, last week I mentioned the coal stocks shortages crisis in China. Now FT reports:
“According to India’s power ministry, the 135 thermal power plants of Asia’s third-largest economy had an average of just four days of coal stocks as of Friday, down from 13 days of supplies in early August. Of the plants monitored daily, more than half have less than three days of stocks.
Power supply shortages have already started to hit the economy in neighbouring China, where the manufacturing sector last month suffered its first contraction since the start of the pandemic. Beijing has ordered state-owned energy companies to secure fossil fuel supplies at all costs to stave off winter shortages, helping to drive up prices for other large importers, including India.”
(Financial Times articles are behind paywall.)

Reply to  Vuk
October 3, 2021 2:49 pm

This shouldn’t make me feel good but it does.

Zig Zag Wanderer
Reply to  Vuk
October 3, 2021 3:05 pm

Don’t need Aussie coal, eh? We’ll see…

Iain Russell
Reply to  Zig Zag Wanderer
October 3, 2021 4:05 pm

I think Mighty Mo should send a bulk carrier load of prime Hunter coal to China, to ease tensions, another load to the EU, for the aborted sub thingie, and to BoJo, to keep Glasgae warm during the COP.

Reply to  Iain Russell
October 4, 2021 12:51 am

They are still getting Aussie coal , just that they use middlemen to disguise it as us coal or such. They do the same with N Korean coal or oil transfers

Michael in Dublin
Reply to  Duker
October 4, 2021 4:31 am

Perhaps they rebrand it as “black gold”?

Reply to  Zig Zag Wanderer
October 4, 2021 4:15 am

Wait until China finds out Australia is importing Chinese civil rights without paying for them.

Abolition Man
Reply to  Arty
October 4, 2021 7:10 am

Nice, Arty!
Unfortunately, I think you’ll find that, like the US, many in Australia were paid by the CCP to import them! The reverse of the Byzantine system of buying off potential attackers, the ChiComs like to buy off potential victims so they can spend more time copying; oops, developing the latest military technology!
Good thing that the Bai Den Regime didn’t leave anything in Afghanistan to be reverse engineered or sold on the World of War market exchange! The Chinese military is currently landing at Bagram; so we now know why our demented leaders were in such a hurry to leave!

Reply to  Vuk
October 3, 2021 3:46 pm

Full article.

Use, very handy.

Reply to  Vuk
October 3, 2021 4:28 pm

Couple the above news with all the shortages we’re seeing everywhere and the apparently impending bankruptcy of Evergrande, and inflation, the outlook for the global economy is not looking good.

The supply chain failures are now starting to hit the mechanical parts of the supply chain. At the company I drive for parts for trucks are getting tougher and tougher to get. New trailers ordered at the beginning of the year are just trickling in now. Delivery on a large order for new Volvo trucks is delayed indefinitely due to parts and chip shortages.

I think we’re looking at a winter of discontent here in the states and in the UK and perhaps other parts of Europe.

Reply to  rah
October 3, 2021 4:55 pm

Saw a YT video where there was a parking lot full of trucks they claimed all needed one part or another before they could run. 4 week backlog of container ships floating around North America with nowhere to go. Doesn’t look good.

Reply to  Spetzer86
October 3, 2021 5:17 pm

Its a shame that there is no other way to move small, high value items around the globe other than container ships. /sarc

A decade or so ago Dell had the foresight to reserve a fleet of cargo Boeing 747s to move its laptop computers – only company to get a new computer while everyone else was waiting months on end for a stevedore strike to end.

Tom Abbott
Reply to  AWG
October 3, 2021 7:33 pm

The United States Air Force was looking into using a Elon Musk launch vehicle as a cargo vessel, that can put cargo just about anywhere on Earth very quickly.

Reply to  Tom Abbott
October 3, 2021 9:33 pm

Well sure the “$700 toilet seat” defense department would be looking into space cargo flights.

Tom Abbott
Reply to  PCman999
October 4, 2021 4:16 am

Elon, and others, are getting the launch costs down. Who knows how low they will go?

Reply to  PCman999
October 4, 2021 8:21 am

pfft. You don’t even got to look at a toilet seat for 700$ anymore. More like 10K.

Reply to  AWG
October 3, 2021 9:32 pm

The lack of passenger flights has certainly reduced the amount of cargo that also flew on those flights, and increased demand and price for regular cargo flights.

China has been hording containers and ships to itself, going so far as to pay for empty containers to come right back to China empty, rather than weighting for the usual thing, where the container would be filled for goods to China and then come back.

Container fares have gone up 5 fold from before the pandemic.

M Courtney
Reply to  PCman999
October 4, 2021 12:05 am

China pays for empty containers to be returned because the West doesn’t make enough that China wants to fill them.

Tom Abbott
Reply to  PCman999
October 4, 2021 3:52 am

“Container fares have gone up 5 fold from before the pandemic.”

I just heard this morning that container rentals have increased in price from $2000.00, to $20,000.00 per container.

Tom Abbott
Reply to  Tom Abbott
October 6, 2021 4:07 am

This morning the price is up to $30,000.00 per container, according to Fox News.

Those price increases are going to be passed directly to all of us.

Reply to  Tom Abbott
October 6, 2021 7:58 am

“This morning the price is up to $30,000.00 per container”

I guess those people wanting shipping containers for survival bunkers are SOL then…

TG McCoy
Reply to  rah
October 3, 2021 5:31 pm

Just talking to Group of guys I meet with for lunch, and told them about Evergrande and China’s issues. This is the wind that blows down the house of cards that is the CCP.

Gary Pearse
Reply to  rah
October 3, 2021 6:36 pm

Having to use a lot more coal for winter heating will eat further into needs for industrial use. All those empty buildings of Evergrande I imagine need to be heated as well.

I was in Beijing, Shanghai and Chengdu in 2015 and noticed
a large number of empty highrise buildings finished and in varying stages of construction and remarked at the time that economics didn’t seem to be a check on the industry.

They had had a decade or more of rapid city construction and seemed to not know how to stop when the market slows. I said at the time this was a bubble in the making. An employee of our host said they called the construction cranes, China’s national bird! Apparently the banks had gotten used to handing out tons of cash to the industry.

Andy H
Reply to  Gary Pearse
October 4, 2021 3:04 am

When the cranes fall silent, the Chinese economic bubble will burst.

Tom Abbott
Reply to  rah
October 3, 2021 7:29 pm

“The supply chain failures are now starting to hit the mechanical parts of the supply chain.”

I think Biden should call out the National Guard or the Regular Military and put them on easing the backups in the supply chain.

A lot of the backup is caused by not enough employees, and truck drivers to unload the cargo. There are ships sitting at anchor off the United States that will sit there for weeks at least if someone doesn’t get things moving.

There’s not much we can do about congestion of the supply chain overseas, but there is definitely something we can do about the congestion here in the United States.

Let’s get those ships unloaded and get the cargo moved to the various destinations around the U.S.

The backup and congestion will only get worse if the U.S. sits and does nothing about it.

Call up the troops, Joe Biden. We have a lot of cargo that needs moving.

Clyde Spencer
Reply to  Tom Abbott
October 3, 2021 7:36 pm

Call up the troops, Joe Biden.

Wait, he needs another ice cream cone first.

Pamela Matlack-Klein
Reply to  Tom Abbott
October 4, 2021 1:31 am

Too late, the Military are filling jobs in health care vacated by trained health care professionals who refused the jab….

Tom Abbott
Reply to  Pamela Matlack-Klein
October 4, 2021 4:05 am

Isn’t that the most ridiculous thing!

I watched two New York State nurses interviewed on tv this morning, a mother and daughter nursing team.

Both of them have already had the Wuhan virus and recovered, so they have better immunity than if they got a vaccination, yet New York State is going to fire them if they don’t get the vaccination.

They already have natural immunity, but that is completely ignored by the Biden Administration and the Left, presumably to sell more vaccinations.

Pamela Matlack-Klein
Reply to  Tom Abbott
October 4, 2021 6:01 am

I only hope that the goal is to sell more vaccinations….

Reply to  Tom Abbott
October 4, 2021 1:36 am

Posse comitatus arguably prevents the use of the regular military for such things.

Meanwhile, the national guard are already being mobilised to replace all the nursing staff that are getting fired for not complying with vaccine mandates.

Even that aside, there’s about 400k national guard in the entire US. Even if none of them were deployed abroad or already engaged in other activities, that isn’t enough to scratch the surface of the problem.

There are no easy fixes for this. Much as the US government would like to believe otherwise, they can’t just snap their fingers and make the problem go away. They made this mess; they are going to have to ride it out with everyone else.

Tom Abbott
Reply to  Archer
October 4, 2021 3:55 am

“Posse comitatus arguably prevents the use of the regular military for such things.”

Not in this case. The U.S. military would not be enforcing any laws, they would just be moving cargo from one place to another.

The U.S. military is the best logistics outfit on Earth. They can get the cargo moved if given the orders.

Tom Abbott
Reply to  Tom Abbott
October 4, 2021 5:12 am

Here’s a good book about U.S. military logistics:

Moving Mountains: Lessons in Leadership and Logistics from the Gulf War

by Jeffrey L. Cruikshank and William G. Pagonis

Reply to  Tom Abbott
October 4, 2021 8:51 am

Amateurs study tactics; professionals study logistics.
Omar Bradley

Chris Hanley
Reply to  Vuk
October 3, 2021 4:56 pm

“High-quality thermal coal loaded on ships at Newcastle port in Australia surged to $203.20 a ton, breaking the previous record set in July 2008 …” (Bloomberg Oct 1).

Reply to  Vuk
October 3, 2021 6:14 pm

Thanks. This is the last straw. I’ve seen many other stories concerning coal and NG shortages. Now a strong La Nina setting up and record cold in Antarctica. I’m slow, but not that slow. I just put in an order to buy stock in a large US coal company that exports to China, et al.

If the world keeps doing stupid things wrt energy, I’m going to end up very well off.

Reply to  jtom
October 3, 2021 9:11 pm

I just sold some very profitable calls on nat gas and oil ETF’s.
The ETF’s have doubled in one year and there are people desperate to get their hands on nat gas before Feb 28th.
Government stupidity is an inexhaustible resource.
Thanks, Joe.

Abolition Man
Reply to  Joel
October 4, 2021 7:16 am

Einstein believed human stupidity was infinite. Doesn’t this make government stupidity infinity squared?

Reply to  Joel
October 4, 2021 2:47 pm

I bought stock in a large coal company at the open today. It was going up fast. After a couple of hours, I sold April22 calls on them with a premium of 24% what I paid for the stock, and a strike price 20% over what I paid. If they are assigned, I’ll make 57% on my investment in just six months! If not, I got a 24% discount on the stock.

Made money on a day when the market went down over 300 points. Not bad. I owe Vuk a beer.

Good luck with your trades!

Tom Abbott
Reply to  Vuk
October 3, 2021 7:23 pm

It’s tough all over for the alarmists:

A German Power Plant Just Ran Out of Coal in Latest Energy ShockBy

Jesper Starn

October 1, 2021, 6:20 AM EDT

October 3, 2021 2:46 pm

This caught my eye: To maintain alarmism, the WaPo likes often cites outlier data that suggest the planet has just seen one of the hottest summers on record. – article

Okay, please tell me where that heat was, because I had snow on my front steps in April and a brief 10 days of upper 70sF in September, and that was about it.

What planet are those alarmists living on? Just askin’, because I’d like to know if there’s enough space for us chilly folks.

Joao Martins
Reply to  Sara
October 4, 2021 2:20 am

Well, they are just presenting “preliminary” data… Please wait for the coming “homogenization” to have the “real” values.

Brad Richards
Reply to  Sara
October 4, 2021 2:35 am

I saw several articles about how this summer in Europe was one of the hottest on record. We were running our heating in July! Granted, Spain and Greece had some really hot weather. But they always do, and this year it was only about 2 weeks, instead of the usual 2 months.

Must be the Europe in some alternate reality.

Reply to  Sara
October 4, 2021 9:25 am

What planet are those alarmists living on?

Sara, don’t you know that the models are reality and the real world is fake? Truth over facts, you know.

October 3, 2021 2:47 pm

 -61.1 ° C?!? That’s a wee mite nippy in anyone’s book.

Being it will be held in Scotland, there’s a chance that it will hit near that temperature during COP26. It’s a lock if Gore is attending.

October 3, 2021 2:53 pm

It’s always the “hottest” or the “coldest” until it isn’t and then it reverts to the normal that we don’t hear about because …… well just because.

Tom Abbott
Reply to  markl
October 3, 2021 7:40 pm

What gets me is the Washington Post says Antarctica is the “coldest evah!” and then in almost the same breath, says Antarctica is warming.

This looks like a case of cognitive dissonance to me. Their minds can’t break out of the “warming” bubble.

4 Eyes
October 3, 2021 3:11 pm

-61.1. And all the other reports on Antarctic cooling. They’re only measured values. I’ll stick with the nice warm models thanks.

Reply to  4 Eyes
October 3, 2021 3:24 pm

Remember Poe’s Law. Put a /sarc tag or emoji or something when you aren’t making a serious comment.

M Courtney
Reply to  SMC
October 3, 2021 3:58 pm

Not with that one, surely?
I nodded. Almost smiled.

Reply to  M Courtney
October 3, 2021 6:20 pm

“I nodded. Almost smiled.”

I grinned. But, given how some folks like to take things out of context, it’s prudent to cover the bases.

Reply to  SMC
October 4, 2021 9:26 am

Poe’s law has been in overdrive, and has now moved on to hyperdrive.

October 3, 2021 3:23 pm

It is a heroic intellectual effort, worthy of the Grauniad, when the Washington Post says that “both Antarctica and the planet continue to rapidly warm” and then suddenly swivel to say that the result is “extreme cold over Antarctica helped push sea ice levels surrounding the continent to their fifth-highest level on record in August.” This seems to be a gaping non-sequitur. Was it really”hiding in the ocean” and when will it come out?

mark from the midwest
Reply to  nicholas tesdorf
October 3, 2021 3:44 pm

It’s difficult to read most of WaPo just because of the inconsistencies within their articles. Try it sometime you’ll be amazed.

Reply to  mark from the midwest
October 3, 2021 4:01 pm

Read WaPo?

Sorry. I prefer hitting myself in the head repeatedly with a 12 oz ball-peen hammer. Less brain damage that way.

Thomas Gasloli
Reply to  H.R.
October 3, 2021 5:17 pm

Don’t call it WaPo, call it what it really is: Bezos News.

Reply to  Thomas Gasloli
October 4, 2021 9:18 am

That would imply a change in their policies since he purchased it. Other than eliminating any bad stories about Amazon, the slant of the paper hasn’t changed.

Reply to  H.R.
October 4, 2021 12:19 am

Much like reading the Graun.

October 3, 2021 3:39 pm

but, adjusted, of course, sea ice is collapsing. perhaps due to the attention it garnered?

Pop Piasa
Reply to  billtoo
October 3, 2021 9:00 pm

The alarmists need to consider that open water looses heat much faster than ice covered seas. That’s part of how water controls the global temperature more than CO2 could ever begin to. If the trace “greenhouse” gasses existed in all three states (as water does) in the atmosphere, things would be different.

Reply to  Pop Piasa
October 4, 2021 1:52 am

It’d be a lot colder, for one.

October 3, 2021 3:59 pm

Will the Russians at Vostok claim that since CO2 freezes at -78.5C ….. thus Nature is storing carbon?

Loren C. Wilson
Reply to  Anti_griff
October 3, 2021 5:33 pm

While pure carbon dioxide freezes at -78.5°C, CO2 in air won’t start to freeze out until a much lower temperature, proportional to its concentration, just like the dew point of water vapor in air. At 400 ppm, CO2 won’t drop out of air until the air is also freezing.

Reply to  Loren C. Wilson
October 3, 2021 9:51 pm

If you gave it a surface to adhere to, like water vapour collecting as dew on the leaves of plants, would co2 freeze out?

I’m surprised some green con-artists haven’t tried selling a plan to carbon capture in Antarctica, running a dry ice plant on wind and solar power.

M Courtney
Reply to  Anti_griff
October 4, 2021 12:08 am

Ah, this takes me back.
Classic WUWT.

October 3, 2021 4:06 pm

And all this is contrary to the nearly constant stream of crap NASA and various others have been putting out in the press over so many years. Looks like the climate driven migration to Antarctica is going to be set back a few years, eh?

Chris Hanley
Reply to  rah
October 3, 2021 5:43 pm

# Steig + Mann (2009):
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October 3, 2021 4:08 pm

Hey! I’m just wondering! Did Al Gore sneak down there this year without our knowledge?

October 3, 2021 6:24 pm

Hypocrisy in action:
When all we had was a few sites with long term data & we said there was no need for alarm..
the alarmists said the local records don’t matter, the larger area needs to be measured over long time & averaged.
More recently, the larger areas averaged shows no warming or no alarm..
so now the alarmists focus on smaller locations & individual events of major variation as examples to fuel the alarm.

If we select data as evidence to rebut the AGW/CC theory,…
we are labelled as bias & corrupt, some are no longer employed by University/Org.
If alarmists select data and ignore portions of the time series to ensure the results match their expectations,..
they are given more $$$ and awards.

If we make a claim that doesn’t have much evidence,..
the fact checkers & cancel culture are out in force & en masse (large groups blindly following a leader).
If they make a claim that doesn’t have much evidence,..
it’s a scientific opinion & could happen (however unlikely that may be) so it’s used as evidence as why we need to panic & we’re not allowed say anything negative against it no matter how scientifically valid are arguments are.

October 3, 2021 7:16 pm

Everyone knows record cold is caused by global warming.

Joel O'Bryan
October 3, 2021 7:41 pm

Classic Orwellian Double Think.

The acceptance of or mental capacity to accept contrary opinions or beliefs at the same time, especially as a result of political indoctrination.

Joe Bastardi
October 3, 2021 8:10 pm

A few days ago they went wild over Sam deepening that fast in that part of the atlantic only to have a more rapid rise in a shorter period of time follow within 24 hours. Like Bill Murray Slinking away in Caddyshack, they simply dont mention the counter to their hysteria.

Pop Piasa
Reply to  Joe Bastardi
October 3, 2021 9:05 pm

There’s apparently no punishment for calling climate 911 and then saying “never mind”, Joe.

Reply to  Joe Bastardi
October 3, 2021 11:55 pm

I listened to your Saturday Summary and right afterwards checked out the ACE index at Global Tropical Cyclone Activity | Ryan Maue ( and wrote this e-mail.

Lots of hype about hurricane SAM even though that hurricane has very little impact on land, it’s all the Alarmists have right now.  
Global Accumulated Cyclone Energy year to date is 94% of the Normal. So the fact is that YTD this tropical cyclone season is below average globally .  
For the Northern Hemisphere it is 93% of the Normal. 
For the North Atlantic it is 138% of the normal. 
For the Western North Pacific where the most powerful storms generally form it is 82% Normal. 
For the Eastern-Central Pacific it is 70% of the Normal. 
For the North Indian basin it is 309% of the Normal.  

October 3, 2021 9:22 pm

I had a revelation the other day when I realized that the climate took a drastic downturn when Antarctica finished moving down South to its current position and the ice cap started building up about 34 million years ago. The landmass would have acted like a gigantic dehumidifier, sucking copious amounts of water vapour from the atmosphere and locking it up in the huge store of ice it is today. That drying out of the atmosphere would have removed a great portion of the biggest and most effective greenhouse gas and reduced temperatures about 10°C from the Jurassic-Cretacious levels.

Does that sound about right?

M Courtney
Reply to  PCman999
October 4, 2021 12:11 am

Yes, it does.
But sea current movements would have been altered too and that would affect heat distribution a lot as well.
Your mechanism is correct. But this climate thing is complex.

Dick Reed
October 3, 2021 10:08 pm

well, obviously the problem is we’re talking about actual temps. Everything will be fine in WaPo land once those numbers are “adjusted.”

October 3, 2021 11:17 pm

Just weather.

In the real world of climate modelling, Antarctica is warming rapidly

Reply to  Redge
October 4, 2021 12:22 am

🤣. You owe me a keyboard. Coffee everywhere.

Pamela Matlack-Klein
October 4, 2021 1:21 am

All this would be hilarious if it did not lead to windmills and acres of solar panels. Maybe the WaPo “journalists” would enjoy a holiday in Antarctica to enjoy some of that rapid warming. Then they would be able to file actual first-hand stories.

Abolition Man
Reply to  Pamela Matlack-Klein
October 4, 2021 7:23 am

Remind them to pack lots of sunscreen!

October 4, 2021 1:24 am

Demystifying the Atmospheric Greenhouse Effect: Toward a New Physical Paradigm in Climate Science
By Ned Nikolov

Comparison of mean annual surface temperatures between Antarctica and the Moon’s South Pole.

The difference of about 144 Kelvin quantifies the thermal effect of the Earth’s atmosphere at the South Pole.

Why is the Definition of the “Greenhouse Effect” Physically Meaningless?

October 4, 2021 1:32 am

Antarctica led the world into inception of the Holocene interglacial, with ocean warming 20,000 years ago long before land temperatures increased from the glacial maximum.

Thus a reasonable null hypothesis now is that Antarctica is now leading the world into glacial inception.

Reply to  Hatter Eggburn
October 4, 2021 3:52 pm

Imo, Antarctica always leads during a climate shift. For example, in mid 2016 there was a major change in surface winds in the Pacific down by the tip of South America. Surface winds started blowing to the north instead of to the south. The winds stopped moving southeasterly through Drakes Passage, and instead started blowing steadily to the north for the most part. I recognized in 2016 that if this change in surface winds became the status quo then it would lead to a cooling pattern for the planet. I even made a comment here on WUWT at the time about that.

Over the last several months there has been another change in this area. Note the very broad wind fields which are flowing north from this location. …,-39.22,672/loc=-85.480,-40.647

Anthony Banton
October 4, 2021 2:05 am

Scientists credited a very strong polar vortex, or a ring of strong winds in the stratosphere, surrounding Antarctica for the intensity of the cold.

The stratospheric polar vortex is a seasonal phenomenon. In the Southern Hemisphere, it forms in the fall, persists through the winter and weakens before reversing course in spring.

The strength of the vortex has connections to weather at the ground, said Krzysztof Wargan, a research scientist with NASA’s Global Modeling and Assimilation Office. He said a strong vortex is associated with low surface temperatures.

Whether the vortex is strong or weak depends on a cycle known as Southern Annular Mode (SAM). Right now, the mode is in its positive phase and the vortex is intense.

“Basically, the winds in the polar stratosphere have been stronger than normal, which is associated with shifting the jet stream toward the pole,” wrote Amy Butler, an atmospheric scientist at NOAA in a message. “This keeps the cold air locked up over much of Antarctica.”

Butler wrote the strong polar vortex not only makes it very cold over Antarctica, but accelerates processes that lead to stratospheric ozone depletion, which in turn can strengthen the vortex even more. This year’s ozone hole over Antarctic is much bigger than average at around 24 million square kilometers, a reflection of the vortex’s strength.

Although the stratospheric ozone layer is on the mend since some ozone-depleting chemicals were banned by the Montreal Protocol in the 1980s, Wargan said year-to-year variations are expected to influence the size of the ozone holes in the coming decades.

Scientists stressed the record cold over the South Pole in no way refutes or lessens the seriousness of global warming. Antarctica is notorious for its wild swings in weather and climate which can run counter to global trends.

Ted Scambos, a senior research scientist at the University of Colorado, wrote in an email that the Antarctic climate is extremely sensitive to high-altitude winds and Pacific Ocean conditions and prone to rapid change. He pointed out that its sea ice, which was close to a record high at the end of August tanked to “to one of the lowest extents for this time of year that we’ve seen” by the end of September.

To evaluate what’s happening with the climate of Antarctica, one must look beyond a seasonal snapshot, scientists said.

“One cold winter is interesting but doesn’t change the long term trend, which is warming,” wrote Eric Steig, a professor of atmospheric sciences at the University of Washington in an email.

Climate believer
Reply to  Anthony Banton
October 4, 2021 6:45 am

One cold winter is interesting but doesn’t change the long term trend, which is warming,”

Stop defending alarmist dogma and get real for 2 seconds if you can.

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Abolition Man
Reply to  Climate believer
October 4, 2021 7:26 am

You can’t teach old alarmist dogma new tricks! Religious fervor only increases when reality disagrees with beliefs!

Andrew Wilkins
Reply to  Anthony Banton
October 4, 2021 2:51 pm

You know for a fact if the Antarctic had one above average warm day Banton and his posse would be screaming rhat it was evidence of gorebull warming. But cos it’s below average cold Banton tries to give it the “meh” treatment.

Joao Martins
October 4, 2021 2:08 am

“South Pole Sees Record Cold Winter, Smashing 1976 Record”
Of course, this is caused by an yet undiscovered natural force: the “Antarctic Pause”. When it will soon end, Antactida will continue its accelerated melting as usual…

October 4, 2021 3:39 am

WaPo cognitive dissonance much??

Ed Zuiderwijk
October 4, 2021 4:06 am

The warming Antarctic, just like the peril of the Polar Bears and other alarmist tripe, are carefully cultivated falsehoods, designed to hoodwink politicians and other gullibles into adopting the alarmist agenda to abolish the industrial West.

Bill Halcott
October 4, 2021 5:33 am

Wait for it –caused by global warming. Check out Professor Valentina Zharkova’s solar cycle research and get busy building natural gas pipelines to Northeast population centers.

Philip L horner
October 4, 2021 8:07 am

Clearly Antarctica self identifies as Florida.

Philip L horner
October 4, 2021 8:10 am

And Don Jr. best not have an opinion on this too!

October 5, 2021 9:16 am

The 2014 June was the coldest month of June in the French station Dumont d’Urville (Adelaïde Land) since the station was settled and temperatures recording began in 1956

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