German DWD Weather Service Says North Pole Heat Spike, Atlantic Storm “Frank” Not Related To Climate Change!

Germany’s centre-left online weekly Die Zeit here presents an interview with a DWD German meteorologist concerning the late December warmth that hit the North Pole, an event that saw global warming activists and alarmists hollering it was evidence of manmade climate change.

Surprisingly the usually very alarmist Die Zeit gave a relatively balanced account from DWD meteorologist Andreas Friedrich in the interview. Alarm called off!

In late December North Atlantic storm “Frank” (In Germany dubbed “Eckard”) pumped a mass of warm air all the way up to the North Pole, sending the mercury there to the melting point for a day or so.

When Friedrich was asked if the event was unusual, he replied that the often ballyhooed temperature jump of 50°C was an exaggeration, and that the real temperature jump was closer to 30°C. The German meteorologist than stated that Atlantic storm Frank was extreme, but nothing that hasn’t been seen before already, explaining that its cause was a cold air mass clashing with a warm air mass near the surfsce.

When Die Zeit asked Friedrich whether the storm was connected to climate change, he replied (my emphasis):

The extreme low has nothing directly to do with climate change, which happens very slowly over very long time periods. Storm Frank happened coincidentally – an atmospheric fit. Such storms happen of course when air masses of very different temperatures clash. According to today’s climate models they will not become more frequent if the earth warms up on average. At most they may be more violent.”

Die Zeit persisted asking: “So extreme lows such as Frank that warm up the North Pole won’t be more frequent?”

Friedrich responded: “That would be pure speculation.”

So there we have it – directly from an expert meteorologist at the alarmist DWD itself, and reported by the alarmist Die Zeit. Of course temperature spikes at the North Pole are nothing new. They’ve happened many times before.

 

11 responses to “German DWD Weather Service Says North Pole Heat Spike, Atlantic Storm “Frank” Not Related To Climate Change!”

  1. Bruce of Newcastle

    They’re quite right. All you have to do is look at the jet stream map for that time. Amazing loop right up and over the North Pole funneling hot air all the way from Spain. You can also see how the jet stream went right over the UK at the time of storm Frank.

    No one has managed to seriously link CO2 to sinuous Rossby waves in the jet stream. But there are quite a few papers on solar activity and jet stream sinuousity. Here is one example.

  2. John F. Hultquist

    According to today’s climate models they will not become more frequent if the earth warms up on average.

    They say the Arctic area is (or should be) warming faster than lower Latitudes.
    This ought to (on average) produce fewer clashes between cold and warm systems.
    A warmer Earth atmosphere will have more energy within it – to do something. I have never seen discussed what that “something” might be. Insofar as the Equatorial regions are sources of major storms (actually N or S by about 5° – 15° Lat.), and these are not supposed to warm all that much, there should not be big changes there, either.
    What is the new big unknown energy release going to be?

    1. AndyG55

      “They say the Arctic area is (or should be) warming faster than lower Latitudes.”

      UAH has 2015 for the tropics in 3rd place

      But the NoPol is in 13th and shows a distinct downward trend since about 2007 (as you would expect from the phase of the AMO) except for a single jump-up in 2010.

      SoPol has 2015 in 35th place and also has a cooling trend.

      RSS confirms these trends.

      It is a blatant misrepresentation or fabrication to say that the poles are warming faster than lower latitude.

      THEY ARE NOT, they are cooling.

      1. DirkH

        “It is a blatant misrepresentation or fabrication to say that the poles are warming faster than lower latitude.
        THEY ARE NOT, they are cooling.”

        It is a prediction of warmunist theory, codified in computer models, that poles must warm faster, under the assumptions of the warmunist theory. That’s why the journaliars salivate over any warm air mass at the poles.

        The poles don’t have to be cooling to invalidate warmunist theory. Staying as cold as they are entirely suffices.

  3. Richard111

    Interesting that this chart is still NOT updated.

    http://ocean.dmi.dk/arctic/meant80n.uk.php

    Maybe that spike will melt all the Arctic ice. 🙂

    1. yonason

      Interesting.

      I have preferred to use DMI, because even though they are probably complicit in the global climate insanity, they still live up there and have to know what the ice is like in their neighborhood.

      I have therefore assumed that their data would more correctly show what’s really there, …maybe. Curiously, though, they have changed how they display their data in the last few years. They now show “all” the ice, but in the past they masked out the coastal component.

      While the graph of “all” ice shows that ice extent has somewhat increased in recent years, the one with the coastal areas masked out tells a different story, i.e., that the actual ocean ice extent is quickly climbing back to its pre 1979 levels.

      Oh, and another thing. The “all” ice graph doesn’t appear to have been updated since mid December! (as of this posting) You don’t suppose they are having any difficulty “adjusting” it?

      Seems to me that we have a choice between “coastal areas masked out,” and “cooling masked out.” Take your pick, at least until the embarrassingly more informative one is removed.

      “Who was that masked data, and where did it go?”
      “Hi Ho, Shivers – AWAY!”

      “Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer
      The slings and arrows of brazen warmists,
      Or to make adjustments against a sea of increased ice,
      And by appeasing melt it.”

      Hmmm, what’s that I smell? Perchance my trust of the Danes was premature?

      1. yonason

        DRAT! I proofed everything but the link to “all” ice, which is correct here.

        Sorry about that.

      2. yonason

        ANOTHER CORRECTION

        I seem to have misread the “all” ice graph. It is up to date, but still inspires no trust in them. The difference between it and the “masked” data is just too great.

  4. DD More

    In late December North Atlantic storm “Frank” (In Germany dubbed “Eckard”) pumped a mass of warm air all the way up to the North Pole, sending the mercury there to the melting point for a day or so.

    One buoy 300 km from the pole reported temperatures just above freezing for an hour yesterday. Another buoy a mile away did not report any above freezing temperatures.

    New time definition of “or so”

  5. Richard111

    When ground cools in the desert after sunset it keeps cooling via radiation not conduction from the air.
    Surely this also applies in the Arctic? The very bottom layer of air is cooled by the the ice below and no further heating effect is possible unless there is total cloud cover over head. This is a radiation effect, not heat transfer. Also thermal mass of air and ice indicate warm air must blow for months, not just a day or two.

  6. bit chilly

    the several large storms the north east atlantic has seen this winter are symptomatic of the amo flipping to the cool phase .each one contributes to more cooling .not a good time to be a warmist.