Sweden residents can’t remember seeing so much snow in August since the 1960s. Villagers can’t remember there’s ever been so much snow left at this time. “It should have been gone by now but it’s not.” “More snow than bare ground.”
Without end the public have been hearing about the above normal temperatures in Europe this summer. But all this talk has been misleading. When someone drives your face down only millimeters away from a gravel surface, then unsurprisingly the whole world starts looking like gravel. This is the tactic used by the media lately.
It turns out of course that the warm European summer has been limited more to central and southeastern Europe. The media refuses to talk about what has been going on over a vast North Atlantic region spanning from Greenland to Great Briatain, and across Scandinavia.
Luckily German website wobleibtdieerderwaermung (wherestheglobalwarming) give us the rest of the picture.
It turns out northern Europe has been downright frigid this summer, and the future looks pretty bleak.
The German site writes:
The cold summer that has gripped foremost northern and western Europe in 2015 has resulted in record snow heights on the mountains surrounding the Swedish winter sports resort “Klimpfjäll” in the southernmost part of the Lappland province, as WeatherAction News Blog reports.”
Record snow in August 2015 on the mountains “Klimpfjäll” in Sweden. Image source: www.klimpfjalladventure.com/.
The older residents in the mountain region can’t remember seeing so much snow in August since the 1960s. The mountains have an elevation of 1400 to 1600 meters, i.e. similar to Denver.
WeatherAction News Blog reports on Sweden this summer:
A very unique situation, say the residents in the area.
The approaching autumn, and still do not have the snow melting away on the mountains. Villagers in Klimpfjäll cannot remember there ever been so much snow left at this time.
‘I’ve plowed this since the 60s and this much snow has never been there. It should have been gone by now but it’s not,’ says Agne Eliasson in Klimpfjäll.”
Swedish Västerbotten site here reports:
Snow drifts in the low mountain should normally be gone now. Go towards the Norwegian border to the west at 1100 meters altitude, then there is more snow than bare ground.”
Of course the icy August cold is not limited to Scandinavia.
Iceland sees coldest summer in 20 years
Earlier NTZ reported here that Iceland had been experiencing one of its coldest summers in 20 years.
Met Office meteorologist Páll Bergþórsson suspected already in April 2015 that the cold was not an isolated event, but the start of a significant cold period.
If this holds, expect this to have major implications on Arctic sea ice in the years ahead.
Record cold in Great Britain
Also Paul Homewood reported at his site that Ireland and Great Britain are experiencing a cool summer of 2015. wobleibtdieerderwaerming writes that Great Britain saw some of its coldest July nights in many years. Southern England saw an overnight low of only 1°C, which was the coldest measured temperature ever observed on the first of August.
Scotland sees “hats, scarves and gloves” – in July!
The Scotsman here reports of “hats, scarves and gloves in July in one of the most dismal summers in living memory. It adds: “It’s the second time this month snow has been forecast.” Remember, it’s the peak of summer!
The Mail here writes that in the Scottish Highlands there are more remaining snow patches than have been seen for 20 years.
Approaching the North Atlantic Ice Age
Unfortunately the data do not support the notion that these are mere temporary weather developments. Rather experts are warning that it may be the start of an unpleasant cold pattern with serious consequences for Europe – a continent that has (foolishly?) rushed into preparations for warmer long-term temperatures. For years a number of meteorologists and climate experts have been warning that the Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillation (AMO) was beginning its cooling phase and that this would usher cooler temperatures.
North Atlantic sea surface temperature data have been worrisome. They show that June and July of 2015 have seen the lowest temperature in 14 years:
North Atlantic sea surface temperature anomalies using the WMO 1981-2010 climate mean. Source: www.climate4you.com/.
The next few years will tell us whether or not that trend will continue, or be reversed. Experts are less than optimistic.