European Country’s Post Colder-Than-Average Augusts; Antarctica Freezes; + The Greenland Ice Sheet Starts New Season In Record-Breaking Fashion

European Country’s Post Colder-Than-Average Augusts

Europe was hardly on fire last month. In fact, August actually held anomalously cool for many nations.

August 2023 in Belgium (Uccle Observatory) registered an average temperature of 18.1C (64.6F), which is 0.3C below the multidecadal average:


Likewise in the Netherlands (De Bilt Observatory), August’s average was 17.6C (63.7F), which is also 0.3C below normal:


And in Denmark, 16.1C (60.1F) was observed, which is a significant 0.8C below the norm. The month also very cloudy, delivering Denmark its 5th-lowest amount of sunshine on record (139 hours vs the avg of 197.8 hours). There were also significantly fewer summer days than is normal (0.3 vs 4.3).

August 2023 in Sweden was also largely colder than the average, particularly in the south.

While in the UK, the Met Office is claiming the summer just gone was the 8th warmest on record–at 15.3C, or 0.2C above the average–which is a claim I’m sure a lot of Brits will take issue with.

England did post a -0.1C anomaly for August; Scotland, however, notched +0.6C:

[Met Office]

Also, as we’re in Europe, Greece is bracing from an inundation this week — extreme rains are on the way.

This will undoubtedly spell danger for the regions involved, and I hope fair warnings are given; but still, it will be interesting to watch the alarmists collectively and unashamedly flip their cataclysmic caterwaulings from ‘the world is on fire’ to ‘the world is flooding’, both being ‘fingerprints of the climate crisis’, don’t you know.

ICON-EU, total accumulated precipitation (3rd to 6th Sept).

Antarctica Freezes

Following a July/Aug of anomalous cold –which saw records tumble, the planet post its coldest temperature since 2017, rare ice form on super-salty lakes, and the delaying of operation ‘Winfly’— Antarctica’s big freeze is now spilling into September.

On Sept 2, the Amundsen-Scott base recorded an unusually frigid -72.9C (-99.2F).

On Sept 3, Nico AWS reached -73.9C (-101F).

The South Pole Station plunged to -74.9C (-102.8F) on Sunday, its lowest September reading in three years.

While at Vostok, which is coming off the back of its coldest month of August since 2002 (linked below), Sept 3 delivered a reading of -80C (-112F). At the same time, Dome Fuji AWS observed -77.1C (106.8F).

–All are unusually cold readings.

And for all those Covering Climate Now (CCN) media outlets that are warm-mongering re. the bottom of the world, the Antarctic ice sheet remains inconceivably thick:

This is what it sounds like when you drop a piece of ice down a hole drilled in Antarctica.

[Austin Carter / @austincarter642]

Iipso facto, the 90% of Earth’s total ice volume and the 70% of its freshwater that is locked-up in the Antarctic sheet remains just that, locked-up/frozen, it isn’t going anywhere. Melting sea ice is free to wildly fluctuate, as it routinely does around Antarctica, but the fact remains that it doesn’t contribute to sea level rise–at least not at levels worth concerning ourselves with.

Melting land-based ice (ice sheets), on the other hand, can raise sea levels. But with the vast majority of Earth’s ice/freshwater housed at Antarctica, combined with the fact that the continent appears to be cooling, fears of rising seas can be put to bed.

Likewise, ice gains on the Greenland sheet should also help shush the anxiety-riddled alarmists to sleep at night…

The Greenland Ice Sheet Starts New Season In Record-Breaking Fashion

Last season on the Greenland Ice Sheet (Sept 2022 – Aug 2023) was a healthy one with above-average Surface Mass Balance (SMB) gains noted. This season started in similar vein last Friday, and has already posted record-breaking gains:

Enlarging the daily SMB chart, which comes courtesy the Danish Meteorological Institute (DMI) we can see that an impressive 6 gigatons of snow/ice accumulated on Friday, followed by a whopping 10 gigatons on Saturday:

SMB Gt/day — blue line is this season’s gains, brown line is last season’s, grayed-out area is the historical range [DMI].

These are unprecedented gains for the time of year, as per DMI record books which date back to 1981.

Accumulated SMB for the season so far — early days, but record-breaking [DMI]

Trend Of Growth

Two seasons ago (2021-22), Greenland posted an SMB gain of 471Gt, ranking as a top 10 SMB season in books dating back to 1981, and also 27% above the 1981-2010 mean, too. And now the season just gone (2022-23) has achieved similar gains (in-depth article coming soon). What these two season do is continue the multi-year trend of growth which commenced ≈2014.

2016-2017 season:

SMB season 2016–2017 [DMI]

2017-2018 season:

SMB season 2017–2018 [DMI]

It is true that the Greenland ice sheet lost mass from ≈1995 to 2012. But that trend has now halted, and reversed — almost completely. Like the gradual turning of a vast ship, from the year’s 2010 to 2015 Greenland’s SMB changed course and has been on an upward trajectory ever since–much to the chagrin of agenda-forwarding media outlets and pop-scientists alike, I’m sure.

This becomes apparent when we look at the Total Mass Balance (TMB), which combines three components to determine the overall ‘health’ of the ice sheet; these being SMB (as mentioned), Marine Mass Balance (MMB) and Basal Mass Balance (BMB).

MMB consists of the breaking off (‘calving’) of icebergs and the melting of glaciers that meet the warmer sea waters; BMB refers to ice losses from the base of the sheet, caused by frictional effects/ground heat flux — though in the case of Greenland, this is unimpactful.

The below chart represents the TMB from 1986-2022 (still to be updated with this year’s data).

What it shows is a clear reversal in the ice sheet’s fortunes, a cyclical swing toward gains:

A representation of the DMI data, assuming the MMB was that of 2021 (which itself was 10% more than that of 2020).

If you want evidence of corporate media manipulation and agenda-driven propaganda, you likely need look no further than the ‘official’ ‘experts say’ ‘reporting’ of the Greenland ice sheet — the poster boy for anthropogenic global warming.

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