Cooling Atlantic Trend: Iceland Sees Coldest Summer in More Than 20 Years… “Cold Period Taking Over”

The Iceland Monitor website here writes the North Alantic island is having its coldest summer in more than 20 years. According to the site:

The first thirteen weeks of summer this year have been the coldest in Reykjavik in over twenty years, reveals Icelandic meteorologist Trausti Jónsson.

The northern city of Akureyri fares even worse – one has to go back around thirty years to find a colder summer.”

Experts now say their are growing signs that this may be much more than a mere weather anomaly, and have more to do with an overall developing cooling trend. The Iceland Review site here writes that Met Office meteorologist Páll Bergþórsson warns how “Iceland may be entering a cold period“:

Iceland has enjoyed 25 years of above-average temperatures, Páll told Morgunblaðið, but those years may be over with a cold period taking over in the coming years.

‘The ocean here off Southwest Iceland is colder than usual and the cold is persistent after it first arrives,’ Páll stated.”

The cold is not isolated to Iceland, but appears to be spreading across the greater North Atlantic. Paul Homewood writes at his site on how the United Kingdom recently “saw one of the coldest July nights for many years“, with southern England setting a new record low of just 1°C on August 1st.

The cold gripping the North Atlantic likely is likely in large part due to cooling sea surface temperatures. The following chart from Climate4You shows how SST in June was at its lowest point in 14 years.

Atlantic SST Noth climate4you

32 responses to “Cooling Atlantic Trend: Iceland Sees Coldest Summer in More Than 20 Years… “Cold Period Taking Over””

  1. CraigM350

    A notable cooling of the Arctic felt in both Iceland and Greenland in modern times, all whilst the record is being wiped from the pages of history by ‘adjustments’.

    The cooling of the Arctic since 1950-60 [bear in mind the book was published in 1982] has been most marked in the very same regions which experienced the strongest warming in the earlier decades of the 20thC, namely the central Arctic and northernmost parts of the two great continents remote from the world’s oceans, but also in the Norwegian-East Greenland Sea….

    A greatly increased flow of the cold East Greenland Current has in several years (especially 1968 and 1969, but also 1965, 1975 and 1979) brought more Arctic sea ice to the coasts of Iceland than for fifty years. In April-May 1968 and 1969, the island was half surrounded by ice, as had not occurred since 1888.

    Such sea ice years have always been dreaded in Iceland’s history because of the depression of summer temperatures and the effects on farm production….. The 1960’s also saw the abandonment of attempts at grain growing in Iceland, which had been resumed in the warmer decades of this century after a lapse of some hundreds of years…

    See also:

    The question therefore becomes is this just the reassurtion of cooling from the AMO (which thereby explains the so called ‘death spiral’ of Arctic sea ice) or global cooling from a sleepy sun? The former is nothing to worry about, the latter something else entirely (with Joe B’s caveat that hundreds of years of warming is unlikely to be undone overnight).

    Whatever it is, it doesn’t look like global warming but something climate modellers devoted to the CO2 control knob should be increasingly concerned by.

  2. Robin Pittwood

    Meanwhile, outgoing energy from the planet based on NOAA satellite measurements of OLWIR continue basically unchanged or very slightly increasing. Missing heat anyone? I have a new graph in development of accumulating OLWIR (energy emitted) to parallel the climate bet graphs. I will send a copy when I’m done.

  3. Svend Ferdinandsen

    If that is not climate change what is it then?
    It is the same in Denmark, we are one to two degrees lower than the last decade and maybe even lower than the normal 1961 to 1990.
    Like the old song goes “Where have all the warming gone….”

  4. sod

    Heat record was broken in Berlin and again the German heat record was reached a second time this year.

    1. sod
      1. DirkH

        Well looks like spending 24 bn EUR a year on solar panels and countryside-destroying bird killers was not that effective then.
        Ever thought about quitting an ineffective movement, sod?

        1. AndyG55

          All those wind turbines seem to be disrupting the cooling breezes… And the solar panels aren’t allowing proper convective cooling.

  5. Bernd Felsche

    Is Germany really prepared for cooler times?

    Or are they going to rely on DDR 2.0 resilience? (Links to YouTube video in German)

    Methinks that the operators will often be complaining about the “wrong type of snow”.

  6. DICK R

    In North Yorkshire people had their heating on in July !

  7. HenrikM

    And in Sweden we still have snow in the mountains:

  8. Bob Tisdale

    Pierre, the graph of “North Atlantic” sea surface temperature anomalies you included is only for the coordinates of a portion of the tropical North Atlantic (5N-20N, 60W-30W). See the Climate4You webpage here: NCDC diagram

    Here’s a graph for the entire North Atlantic (0-70N, 80W-0):

    But you’d be more interested in the mid-to-high latitudes…let’s say 45N-70N, 80W-0:

    So the sea surfaces of the mid-to-high latitudes of the North Atlantic are the coolest they’ve been in about 20 years…and that’s using NOAA’s pause-buster sea surface temperature data.


  9. Bob Tisdale

    Hmm. WordPress skewed the climate4youlink. Go to:

    and click on the NCDC link for “Sea surface temperature estimates:”


  10. AndyG55
    1. John F. Hultquist

      Thanks Andy.
      The POTUS is an ingrained community organizer, that is, his instinct is to set one group of folks against another. Divisiveness is believed necessary for one’s clients to make progress over and above the others.
      He has a meager grasp of science, economics, and poor people. Coal is highly compressed and stored solar energy capable of providing electricity. Use of coal will drop dramatically when there is no longer a demand for it. Because there is so much coal, eventually a lot will be left in the ground. We did not run out of stones but the Stone Age ended. Same with horses. Had all the green money over the last 30 years been directed toward nuclear power the World would be better.

  11. sod

    and the sunny weather in Germany is breaking another record: Solar PV was producing more than nuclear power plants did in the first days of august.–solarenergie-haengt-atomstrom-ab-,1473634,31415130.html

    1. AndyG55

      For a short period of the day, needing 100% reliable back-up for most of the rest of the time.

      ie…. Not very useful at all.

      All that money wasted on a double supply system for basically zero gain.

    2. Bernd Felsche

      One might think those German solar plants amazing; providing electricity around the clock. Electrical power production by solar only exceeded nuclear for about 8 hours a day.

      Looking at the meters, it looks like the “80GW” of Wind+Solar installed in Germany is a big flop. As the linked article concludes, coal remain the most significant source of electrical power produciton, by a wide margin.

      Anybody can check the figures
      (actual metered, not imagined or theoretical) and find that nuclear power production was fairly steady around 8GW; 24 hours a day.

      1. AndyG55

        LOL.. in the middle of summer, the best it can manage is about 25% of installed for a short period each day.

        Will be funny to see how reliable solar is in winter when covered with snow. ! 🙂

    3. Loodt Pretorius

      So Sod, how does all this Solar PV help the midnight train to Berlin?

    4. DirkH

      sod 8. August 2015 at 3:58 PM | Permalink | Reply
      “and the sunny weather in Germany is breaking another record: Solar PV was producing more than nuclear power plants did in the first days of august.”

      Hey, we should have fair conditions.
      a) Stop subsidizing solar.
      b) Proclaim it will be phased out in 10 years.
      c) Shut down half of it right now.

      Then re-run the test.

      Oh, and : before you re-run the test, introduce a SILICON TAX (like the Brennelementesteuer, only for solar cells).

  12. John F. Hultquist

    It is interesting that “sod”, when it is sunny, jumps in with a report on one of the unreliables. A cardiologist will tell you she doesn’t much care what your heart rate is on its best days. It’s the down days that will kill you.
    So, sod, how much of Germany can that Solar PV keep warm and functioning day and night for a year?

    1. AndyG55

      Again, its the MINIMUM capability that needs to be looked at.

      Most countries have a reasonably flat base load requirement because of industry and commercial premises.

      Therefore the supply should be reasonably consistent and reliable with a small amount of free play.

      Any source that disrupts this steady flow should be removed from the mix forthwith.

      Why should those companies able to provide a reliable constant supply be forced to shut down when an unreliable source wants to butt in. Its wrong on so many levels.

    2. sod

      Some years ago, people would have told me, that the sheer amount of alternative power produced today would be impossible.

      Now the complain is, about wind and solar being “unreliable”.

      But the price of storage is falling fast, so this might also be a problem of the past, before people here realise it.

      Summary here:

      or read the whole report:

      You can also see this with islands and off grid places all over the world turning to solar and other renewables.

      So: the German record shows, that massive amounts of alternative power can be harvested. The storage and off grid sector shows, that those alternative powers can run a system 100% of the time.

      Just show a little patience!

      1. David Johnson

        “Some years ago, people would have told me, that the sheer amount of alternative power produced today would be impossible” I wouldn’t have told you that because there is no limit to the harm that idiots can do if given enough money

      2. AndyG55

        “Just show a little patience!”

        Yep, we are all waiting for the subsidies and the feed-in mandates to be removed.

        Then someone has to clean up this renewable mess once it collapses, and you can bet it won’t be the people who took all the subsidies.

  13. Dr Tim Ball-Climatologist

    Book and documentary.
    ‘The Deliberate Corruption of Climate Science’.

    Debate between Dr Tim Ball and Elizabeth May
    Scroll down to Ian Jessop part 1

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  17. sod

    so Iceland might have the coldest summer in 20 years, Germany (the local focus of this blog?) is reaching the driest time for 50 years.

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