Review Of 2013 – Global Sea Ice Area


By Paul Homewood


Continuing the review of 2013, let’s look at global sea ice.

Sceptics are often criticised for cherry picking, but it is hard to see how Dec 31st can be a “cherry picked day”!

Global sea ice area for Dec 31st 2013 was the highest ever for that day, on the satellite record going back to 1979.




And during the year as a whole, the global sea ice anomaly has been above average for most of the year. On average over the year, the area has been 104,000 sq km above the 1979-2008 mean, and was above average for 212 days.




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BBC In Warmist Fantasyland


By Paul Homewood


h/t Doug Brodie


According to the report yesterday by the BBC on the trapped Akademik Shokalskiy:


An Australian ship also failed to penetrate the dense pack-ice that had fallen from a glacier and had been driven into normally-open ocean by strong winds”.


The report on BBC Radio 4 was filed by their Sydney correspondent, Phil Mercer, and is on BBC i-Player, about 28 minutes in.


There have been various attempts to blame the debacle on global warming, but this one really is nonsensical.

According to the expedition report, filed by the Guardian:

Direct access from the sea has been impossible for the past four years, however, ever since a 75-mile-long iceberg called B09B grounded itself in the entrance to Commonwealth Bay. A thick band of sea ice has since built up around the iceberg, sticking…

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Central England Temperature Stats For 2013


By Paul Homewood


The CET numbers for 2013 are now issued. As I suggested in September, last year was the second coldest since 1996, second only to 2010, one of the coldest years of the last century.

Figure 1 gives annual means since 1980, with the 1981-2010 average. Figure 2 shows the 5-Year running average.



Figure 1



Figure 2



  • Three of the last four years have been the coldest since 1996.
  • The 5-Year running average has been falling steadily since 2006, and now stands at 9.78C. It has not been as low as this since 1990.
  • CET in 2013 was 9.56C and was only the 55th warmest since 1900.
  • Last year was also the 107th warmest on the full CET record, going back to 1659, tying with 1900.
  • The full Met Office data for the UK is not out yet, but it looks certain…

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Newsbytes: EU Orders Britain To End Wind And Solar Subsidies

Watts Up With That?

The European Commission is to order Britain to end wind farm subsidies. Officials have told ministers that the current level of state support for renewable energy sources must be phased out by the end of the decade. Taxpayer support for solar energy must also be cut, the commission will say. –James Kirkup and Bruno Waterfield, The Daily Telegraph, 3 January 2014

Scientists at the British Antarctic Survey say that the melting of the Pine Island Glacier ice shelf in Antarctica has suddenly slowed right down in the last few years, confirming earlier research which suggested that the shelf’s melt does not result from human-driven global warming. Dr Pierre Dutrieux of the BAS states bluntly: “We found ocean melting of the glacier was the lowest ever recorded, and less than half of that observed in 2010. This enormous, and unexpected, variability contradicts the widespread view that a simple and steady ocean…

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