Danish Meteorological Institute Moves To Obscure Recent Record Greenland Ice Growth

A shorter post today, as this afternoon I’ve got to prepare 50 lbs. of chili con carne (and let me tell you, I can taste it already).

German meteorological and climate site Schneefan (snow fan) here writes on the recent changes by the DMI on its Greenland ice mass chart. Personally I wouldn’t be surprised if this were in part due to climate data embarrassment.

Schneefan writes that the Danish Meteorological Institute (DMI) recently changed the reference period for showing the Greenland ice mass: from the warmer 1990-2013 to the internationally usual but colder WMO climate period of 1981-2010.

The change over to the WMO-recommended older and colder reference period has the effect of making the massive ice growth of the past two years with respect to the new mean look smaller, as the current comparison shows (lower chart).

Top: The total daily contribution to the surface mass balance from the entire ice sheet (blue line, Gt/day). Bottom: The accumulated surface mass balance from September 1st to now (blue line, Gt) and the season 2011-12 (red) which had very high summer melt in Greenland. For comparison, the mean curve from the period 1981-2010 is shown (dark grey). The same calendar day in each of the 30 years (in the period 1981-2010) will have its own value. These differences from year to year are illustrated by the light grey band. For each calendar day, however, the lowest and highest values of the 30 years have been left out.Source: http://www.dmi.dk/surface-mass-budget/.

By changing the comparison period in April 2017 from 1990-2013 to the older and colder WMO 1981-2010 climate period, the mean shown by the gray line and shaded area is raised. This is illustrated by the thin black lines I’ve added to the two lower charts showing the old mean peak value.  Using the 1990-2013 period, the mean peak value was about 550 gigatonnes.

Today using the older and colder WMO 1981-2010 the mean yearly peak rises to about 600 gigatonnes. As a result the current curve shown in blue the strong ice growth during September 2016 becomes less apparent. Moreover, the strong 2015/16 ice year year has been left out (brown curve in the old chart, left).

Foremost by leaving out the strong 2012 melt year (red curve in lower chart), which acted to significantly pull down the 1990-2013 ice mass, and by extending the chart out nine years into the colder past (from 1990 to 1981) the new 1981-1990 mean is considerably higher than the old one: Honi soit qui mal y pense… 

Finally, it’s good to remind readers that despite the powerful El Niño, RSS stellite data show no warming in close to 20 years.

Linearer Trend der Abweichungen der globalen Satellitentemperaturen von RSS. Seit 224 Monaten, nämlich von Juni 1997 bis Januar 2016, gibt es trotz eines aktuellen kräftigen El Niño-Ereignisses keinen Anstieg der globalen Temperaturen, der Rekord der Länge der globalen Erwärmungs

Source: The Pause hangs on by its fingernails.

56 responses to “Danish Meteorological Institute Moves To Obscure Recent Record Greenland Ice Growth”

  1. sod

    “Finally, it’s good to remind readers that despite the powerful El Niño, RSS stellite data show no warming in close to 20 years.”

    of course it does. Your graph is flat out false (too old).

    http://www.woodfortrees.org/plot/rss/last:240/trend/plot/rss/last:240

    1. tom0mason

      As usual your are just wrong sod.
      That graph is correct as shown, as usual you wish to compare apples and dates.
      Again you tried but failed. 🙂

      1. sod

        This is a plain out lie. The graph is simply outdated.

        If you choose start and end point, you can get any effect in basically any graph. That method is anti-science.

        1. Jeff Todd

          Warmists always start Arctic ice level graphs at 1979 when ice was abnomally high (SAR onwards), and ignore the previous 5 years (shown in FAR). Now why would the IPCC would do that?

          1. sod

            because that is when satellite data started. educate yourself please!

          2. Kenneth Richard

            sod, Jeff Todd obviously knows that the satellite data did not begin in 1979. It began in 1973 with the NIMBUS dataset.

            https://realclimatescience.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Screen-Shot-2017-04-14-at-7.44.33-AM-down-1.gif

            The 1990 IPCC report included the 1973-1978 data, but because the sea ice coverage was so much lower during those years, and 1979 had some of the highest sea ice extents, the 1973-1978 data was excluded from subsequent reports so as to make the more recent melt rate look worse (and to have a very convenient start year with the coldest temperatures of the century in the Arctic — 1979 — as the starting point).

          3. AndyG55

            NO! the satellite record started in 1976…

            … when Arctic sea ice extent was lower.

            Why is it that you are so, so IGNORANT about these things ??

          4. Kenneth Richard

            “NO! the satellite record started in 1976…”

            1973 for NH sea ice…
            https://suyts.files.wordpress.com/2013/11/image432.png

          5. AndyG55

            Your education is sadly LACKING, sob., !!!

          6. AndyG55

            I stand corrected 🙂

            VERY obvious why the AGW scammers always DENY this first few year.. isn’t it 😉

          7. sod

            “The continuous sea ice record began with the Scanning Multichannel Microwave Radiometer (SMMR) on the Nimbus-7 satellite (1978-1987) and continued with the Special Sensor Microwave/Imager (SSM/I) and the Special Sensor Microwave Imager Sounder (SSMIS) on Defense Meteorological Satellite Program (DMSP) satellites (1987 to present).”

            https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/Features/SeaIce/page2.php

          8. sod
          9. sunsettommy

            The NOAA had no problem with the 1973-1979 sea ice data,as they accepted it and discussed it,in their 1991 report.

            It starts on PDF page 59.

            https://www1.ncdc.noaa.gov/pub/data/cmb/bams-sotc/climate-assessment-1981-1990.pdf

            The 1973-1979 sea ice data is still valid today, no credible reason to exclude it from today’s sea ice charts.

        2. tom0mason

          So you dislike the earlier start date?
          Now that IS unscientific!
          And yes you are still wrong!

          1. SebastianH

            It’s definetly wrong to include a transients El Nino event at the start, but ignore it at the at.

            There is a clear upward trend in between and the coming months/year will tell us if we are back the “level” before the last El Nino or the warming trend of the past decades continued …

            http://www.woodfortrees.org/plot/rss/to:2016/last:224/plot/rss/to:2016/last:200/trend

            I think what Sod i refering to is the practice of whoever compiles a graph to chose start and enddates carefully to match whatever they want to express. And that’s is definatly strange, if not wrong.

            Here is a graph of the last 30 years of RSS data with different trendlines for different periods of times:

            http://www.woodfortrees.org/plot/rss/last:360/plot/rss/to:2016/last:224/trend/plot/rss/to:2016/last:200/trend:2016/plot/rss/last:360/trend

            If you claim (in January 2016) that global warming didn’t happen for 18 years and 8 months, then you are wrong. Because it happend in the last 16 years and 8 months back then …

        3. mike

          What kind, and how much partial data from the mid-1960s is there? Both military and NASA/NOAA.

          I remember how our news used to brag about the discoveries etc from the mid 60s, onward.

    2. AndyG55

      Latest El Nino was nothing but a transient.

      The Temperature has dropped back down to the previous hiatus level.

      Of course , if you are ignorant enough to include these transient events in linear trend calculations without actually thinking, then an false trend will show up.

      March 2017 was cooler than March 1998

      19 years… that is close to 20 years

      1. SebastianH

        Wasn’t March 1998 in the middle of an El Nino? And if the latest El Nino was a transient event, why is the large one before the latest one included in the graph in the article? Just to nudge the trendline to be perfectly horizontal maybe? 😉

        P.S.: March temperatures: http://www.woodfortrees.org/plot/rss/to:2017.25/every:12
        It was 0.4 degrees warmer than after the last El Nino. Also i think it is too early to tell if we are “back down to the previous hiatus level”.

    3. sunsettommy

      Ha ha ha, Sod when will you stop making a complete fool of yourself?

      Your chart shows a .10C warming in about 20 years time (.05C per decade), WAAAAAY below the IPCC projected per decade warming rate,of .30C per decade.

      You show that the AGW conjecture is failure, using YOUR own line of argument.

  2. AZ1971

    Climatologically speaking, it makes sense to use a 30-year baseline for comparisons. Yet one has to wonder why DMI didn’t do that a long time ago and instead began with the year 1990.

    Question: given that 2012’s strong melt season pulled down the chart overall, and it’s been stated that the lowest and highest for each date has been removed from the grey-shaded area of the chart, wouldn’t the 1990-2013 chart have had 2012’s season removed from calculations and been already raised?

    More explanation than a simple one-line update needs to be given to the public.

  3. AndyG55

    By changing to the 1981 – 2101 period they are including much more of the climb out of the EXTREME COLD of the late 1970’s.

    That EXTREME COLD of the late 1970’s is the only reference period that makes sense to the AGW scam.

    The Icelandic sea ice index shows that period to have had sea ice extents as high and much of the Little Ice Age.

    https://s19.postimg.org/bkgbf2prn/Icelandic_sea_ice_index_2.png

    It is also the very bottom of the AMO cycle, while we are currently at the very top.

    It is absolutely remarkable, and a very bad indicator, that the SMB of Greenland is so incredibly HIGH this year, far higher than one would ever expect for the phase of the AMO.

    A very ominous warning for a cold future.

  4. SebastianH

    As a result the current curve shown in blue the strong ice growth during September 2016 becomes less apparent

    Is that so? Overlaying the new chart over the old one reveals that the slope/gradient increases with the new mean … wouldn’t that also strengthen any impression of an increased ice growth?

    http://imgur.com/a/Zfftn

    1. AndyG55

      “strengthen any impression of an increased ice growth?”

      As I said above, at the current phase of the AMO, ice growth should probably be lower than average.

      ….. but is way above average.

      Wouldn’t you agree, seb.

      1. SebastianH

        Growth vs. absolute ice extent.

        http://nsidc.org/arcticseaicenews/charctic-interactive-sea-ice-graph/

        Artic sea ice extent is barely reaching last years extent and it is currently below the 2012 line. We’ll see how this develops over there sommer, wont we?

        Antarctic sea ice extent is also way below average

        1. Kenneth Richard

          Sea ice was just as low or lower as modern times during the 1930s and 1940s, when CO2 was 310 ppm.

          http://notrickszone.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/Arctic-Sea-Ice-No-Net-Change-Since-1950-Gagne-2017.jpg

          And there is more sea ice now than for nearly all of the last 10,000 years.

          http://notrickszone.com/2017/03/02/new-paper-indicates-there-is-more-arctic-sea-ice-now-than-for-nearly-all-of-the-last-10000-years/

          And Greenland’s ice sheet is more advanced now than nearly all of the last 10,000 years too.

          http://notrickszone.com/2016/12/15/scientists-greenland-is-now-much-colder-with-more-advanced-ice-sheet-margins-than-90-of-the-last-7500-years/

          1. AndyG55

            The ONLY time that Arctic sea ice has been higher than current was in the lead-up, during, and the warm-up after the Little Ice Age, which was the COLDEST period in the last 10,000 years.

            Icelandic sea ice data shows the late 1970’s extent was up there with some of the EXTREMES of that COLDEST of times.

          2. sod

            “The ONLY time that Arctic sea ice has been higher than current was in the lead-up, during, and the warm-up after the Little Ice Age, which was the COLDEST period in the last 10,000 years.”

            NO!

            Sea ice was much higher 20 years ago. You know nothing!

          3. Kenneth Richard

            By “current”, AndyG likely meant “the modern era”, which includes the two 20th/21st century Arctic warm periods (1920s-1940s and 1990s-present).

            I don’t think your mistaken interpretation is grounds to claim he “knows nothing!”

            Yes, it’s true that sea ice was higher in the 1970s than it was in the 1930s and 1940s.

          4. AndyG55

            The ONLY person with less brains that seb.. is sob !

            Do try to comprehend facts .. for once in you pathetic life, sob. !

          5. SebastianH
          6. Kenneth Richard

            Ooh, SebastianH has found a graph from Gavin’s NASA.

            Why does the NASA graph from 1987 have 0.5 C warming between 1880 and 1950…

            http://notrickszone.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/NASA-Global-Surface-Temps-1987-0.5C-1880-1950-768×751.jpg

            …but the 2016 NASA graph has the 0.5 C warming removed and replaced by a “warming” trend of 0.05 C instead?

            http://notrickszone.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/NASA-Global-Surface-Temps-1987-1880-1950-0.5C.jpg

            And NOAA has completely removed any warming between 1880 and 1950 at all…

            http://notrickszone.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/NOAA-Data-Manipulation-No-Warming-1880-1950.jpg

          7. SebastianH
          8. Kenneth Richard

            Oooh, Scientific American. The magazine that calls carbon dioxide a “pollutant”. Yeah, they’re reliable.

            https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/the-worst-climate-pollution-is-carbon-dioxide/
            The Worst Climate Pollution Is Carbon Dioxide

            Instead of using 2010 and 2011 blogscience, SebastianH, why not use some newer graphs from actual scientific papers? Here are some new ones from 2017:

            Stein et al., 2017
            http://notrickszone.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Arctic-Sea-Ice-Holocene-Stein-17.jpg

            Sha et al., 2017
            http://notrickszone.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Holocene-Sea-Ice-Greenland-Sha-17.jpg

            Fettweis et al., 2017 (Greenland Surface Mass Balance since 1900)
            http://notrickszone.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Greenland-Ice-Sheet-Mass-Balance-Fettweis-2017.jpg

            HadCRUT4 Arctic Temperatures – No net warming in the last 80 years
            http://notrickszone.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Arctic-Temperatures-1920-2017-HadCRUT4.jpg

          9. AndyG55

            “Sea ice was much higher 20 years ago.”

            Yep, the late 1970’s were up there with the EXTREMES of the LIA, showing just how cold the climate still is.

            What is your point ?

          10. sod

            “Yep, the late 1970’s were up there with the EXTREMES of the LIA, showing just how cold the climate still is.”

            why do you not post the accurate information from the LIA with error bars that are comparable to satellite data today?

          11. sod

            “Instead of using 2010 and 2011 blogscience, SebastianH, why not use some newer graphs from actual scientific papers? Here are some new ones from 2017:”

            that is a REGIONAL reconstruction. I would call this fake science at its best, it also is an utterly absurd TRICK.

            “In this study, we present new detailed biomarker-based sea ice records from two sediment cores recovered in the Chukchi Sea and the East Siberian Sea.”

            https://doi.pangaea.de/10.1594/PANGAEA.868795

          12. Kenneth Richard

            “that is a REGIONAL reconstruction. I would call this fake science at its best, it also is an utterly absurd TRICK.”

            sod, the entire Arctic region is no warmer now than it was in the 1920s to 1940s.

            http://notrickszone.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Arctic-Temperatures-1920-2017-HadCRUT4.jpg

            The Greenland Ice Sheet warmed up by 2-4°C in less than 10 years during the 1920-1930 period. At the time, anthropogenic CO2 emissions rates were 10 times smaller than they are now, and atmospheric CO2 was 310 ppm and flat. Between 1940-2000, when CO2 concentrations rose by 75 ppm and human emissions rates rose 8-fold relative to the 1930s…the Arctic region cooled. In other words, the Arctic warms and cools without any significant contribution from human activity.

            Chylek et al., 2004
            http://ruby.fgcu.edu/courses/twimberley/EnviroPhilo/GreenlandIce.pdf
            A significant and rapid temperature increase was observed at all Greenland stations between 1920 and 1930. The average annual temperature rose between 2 and 4 °C in less than ten years. Since the change in anthropogenic production of greenhouses gases at that time was considerably lower than today, this rapid temperature increase suggests a large natural variability of the regional climate.

          13. AndyG55

            “accurate information from the LIA with error bars that are comparable to satellite data today”

            So you admit you don’t have any such information yourself to discount this fact otherwise you would post it.

            You poor non-informed sob. !!.

            Why are you ALWAYS DENYING CLIMATE CHANGE. ?

            Is it that you DON’T BELIEVE in climate change ??

          14. AndyG55

            “I would call this fake science at its best”

            roflmao..

            You are the very last person to judge what is fake science (YOUR belief system) and real science. (NATURAL VARIABILITY).

            You have proven time and time again that you haven’t got even the most basic clue about anything to do with science.

          15. AndyG55

            “why do you not post the accurate information from the LIA with error bars that are comparable to satellite data today?”

            This information has been posted MANY times.

            You just are not able to accept actually REAL DATA, such as the Icelandic sea ice charts,

            and the MANY biodata proxies.

            Real SCIENCE is never in your realm of comprehension.. you are brain-washed to just DENY it.

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  6. CO2isLife

    Bill Nye “Is Not The Right” Guy Would Prefer an Ice Age Over the Current Warming

    The Nation Magazine didn’t even grasp that if what Bill Nye said is true, CO2 is the greatest gift man has ever been given. Forget New York flooding in 10,000 years due to global warming, New York would be covered in ice after just a few years of an ice age. Societies collapse and die during ice ages, they thrive during warming periods. Liberals are so blinded by their ideology they don’t even understand how insane their positions are. Possible death 10,000 years in the future due to warming, or certain death during an ice age. Bill Nye makes is sound like the certainty of death and misery during an ice age is preferable to continued warmth.
    https://co2islife.wordpress.com/2017/04/29/bill-nye-is-not-the-right-guy-would-prefer-an-ice-age-over-the-current-warming/

    1. sod

      No, he would not prefer an ice age. He says that global warming would prevent the next one.

      The article “attacking” Nye on “The Nation” looks pretty good to me: They are asking him to use more science when he is on TV to counter denialist point. I disagree with tat assessment, but it still is a very sensible one.

      1. AndyG55

        Nye has ZERO science to counteract anyone.

        He is very like you, sob.

      2. tom0mason

        sod 29. April 2017 at 7:27 AM
        Glad to see you’re now a spokesperson for Bill Nye. How much does he pay you?

        Or is this yet another example of lefty presumption, where you believe you know how other people think and what are their motivations.

      3. sunsettommy

        Bill Nye, is a complete embarrassment to the warmist camp as he doesn’t talk like a scientist at all. Here is but one article explaining why he should be ignored on science:

        Commentary: Can we stop pretending Bill Nye is a science guy already?

        “Nye fired back by first chastising CNN for having someone like Happer on, calling him a “climate denier.” He then went into spouting disproved claims about warming oceans, and mentioned that “science is political.”

        http://www.theblaze.com/news/2017/04/24/commentary-can-we-stop-pretending-bill-nye-is-a-science-guy-already/

        “science is political”

        BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

        Bill Nye is a pathetic socialist warmist ignorant loudmouth idiot.

    2. SebastianH

      New York would be covered in ice after just a few years of an ice age

      So in this direction cooling by 10+ degrees can happen in “just a few years”, but into the warming direction it takes millenia? Hmm …

      1. Kenneth Richard

        “into the warming direction it takes millenia?”

        No, the entire hemisphere can warm up by 4 or 5 degrees within a few decades without any CO2 concentration changes. What causes that, SebastianH?

        http://notrickszone.com/2017/04/13/new-paper-northern-hemisphere-temperatures-rose-4-5c-within-a-few-decades-14700-years-ago/

        1. sod

          “No, the entire hemisphere can warm up by 4 or 5 degrees within a few decades without any CO2 concentration changes.”

          we get it. There was extreme natural warming in the far past, today we only have fast cooling.

          And proxies from 10000 years ago are absolutely accurate, surface station data is total garbage.

          It looks pretty warm outside right now. Can i leave the house or is an ice age moving in this afternoon?

          1. Kenneth Richard

            Wow. That is an absolutely pathetic “rebuttal”, sod. No, and ice age is not moving in this afternoon. At least I hope not.

            Actually, paleoclimate cooling trends are much longer in duration than the explosive warming trends.

            And no one has ever written that “proxies from 10000 years ago are absolutely accurate”. So your straw man has been noted.

            But yes, much of the instrumental temperature record has been corrupted by artificial warming (UHI) and unsubstantiated “adjustments”.

          2. AndyG55

            Get sober before your next post, sob. !!

  7. RAH

    Bill Nye is not a scientist. He just played one for kids on TV. So that makes him perfect to be a leading spokesperson for Climate Change in the minds of those that would believe his drivel. I mean after all, since Nye had an engineering degree and played a scientist on TV he is even more qualified to talk about climate change or any science, other than so called “political science”, than Al Gore!

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  9. Frank Smith

    According to DMI (http://research.dmi.dk/news/research-news/new-climate-change-report/)

    “Temperature and winter-precipitation will increase, the sea-level will rise and Denmark will experience more frequent and more severe extreme weather events.

    [SNIP]

    The report clearly points out, that extreme weather events, like heatwaves, heavy rainfall and flooding due to sea-level rise, will become more normal if the future greenhouse gas-concentration will follow the present trajectory, shown by the business-as-usual scenario, RCP8.5. For instance, a 100 year-flooding event will happen every 2 years in 2100, if no action against climate change is taken.”

    1. AndyG55

      Yes, DMI are fully sucked into the AGW scam.

      Quoting IPCC reports which are NOT SCIENCE, but are blatant propaganda, unsupportable by any real data.

      That is why DMI must be constantly checked for changes that enhance the AGW scam.