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.