Warming Predictions Defied: Japan Winters Cool, Great Lakes Ice Grows And Cal Snow Pack Hits Record

By Kirye

and Pierre Gosselin

Japan winters are cooling

The Pacific island nation of Japan refuses to obey climate scientists’ forecasts of warming and ignore climate alarmists and their chorus of doomsday shrieks. Climate trends are moving the other way.

Now that February has ended, the 2018/19 winter is now in the books. We’ve tabulated the winter temperature data for Japan going back 32 years. The following chart tells a story that was not supposed to happen:

Japan’s mean winter temperature has been falling for more than 30 years, according to the data from the Japan Meteorology Agency (JMA).

While alarmists insist it’s heating up everywhere, the reality is actually just the opposite, and not just in Japan.

Finland is cooling

The Scandinavian country of Finland, which extends up into the Arctic, also shows no signs of warming at all since December, 1988.

Unchanged: Data Source: JMA

The six stations with complete datasets in Finland are plotted above. Overall the average of the 6 stations shows there’s been a cooling trend (Linear Trend). Maybe that’s why Hadley’s data for Finland stops at 2011. Now we have to go to Japan to get data for Finland!

Great Lakes winter ice cover rising

Unchanged: Over North America, we see similar patterns of cooling. Though the NOAA likes to claim the Great Lakes ice cover is dwindling, it forgets to mention that it’s been robustly increasing over the past 20 years!

Chart source: NOAA.

Veteran meteorologist Joe Bastardi here tweeted he expects Great Lakes sea ice cover to grow even further in the next 7 to 10 days. Currently it stands at 71%:

Chart: NOAA

Once the final data for maximum ice cover for2019 are available, it will only boost the recent upward trend. No warming here in 20 years.

To the NOAA’s credit, they do write that natural cycles are likely behind it, noting, “This variability occurs due to the randomness of the weather, but also larger climate patterns like the El Niño Southern Oscillation (ENSO), North Atlantic Oscillation (NAO), Atlantic Multi-decadal Oscillation (AMO) and the Pacific Decadal Oscillation (PDO).”

California snow pack hits all-time record!

Moving on to California, which just recently was deemed to be in a “permanent drought” here as well we see that doomsday predictions are fake.

The American Thinker here reports, “The California Department of Water Resources’ third snow survey for 2019 revealed that snow depths and water content equaled the state’s all-time record level for February as new storms roll in.”

“The last day of February recording near the Sierra Tahoe Ski Resort revealed 113 inches of snow depth and dense snow water equivalent (SWE) of 43.5 inches, or about 153 percent average snow pack for February,” the American Thinker reports.

Moreover DWR expects more new storms to hit next week, which will add further to the snow pack.

Moreover, L.A. failed to reach in Caluifornia never reached 19°C!

Now warnings of flooding!

In January 2018, California was seeing “severe drought levels” when the snow depth was just 13.5 inches. Experts warned that California might be caught in a permanent drought. But the heavy recent precipitation was wiped out the drought conditions, and the National Weather Service says a weak El Niño will be bringing California more precipitation over the next two months.

Now authorities are warning of potential floods. Unchanged: Now authorities are warning of potential floods.

Unchanged: The American Thinker adds: “The El Niño storms could bring the dreaded “Pineapple Express” that can “wallop” California with as much as five inches of warm rain in a single day.”

Unchanged: Read more: www.americanthinker.com

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14 responses to “Warming Predictions Defied: Japan Winters Cool, Great Lakes Ice Grows And Cal Snow Pack Hits Record”

  1. ES

    Great Lakes ice coverage has been above average 4 of the last 6 years.

    1. rah

      yep! The lack of ice on the Great Lakes was once a “canary in a coal mine” for the alarmists. So was the drop in water level. Now the lakes are icing and the water levels are up and both of those canaries are singing away and thus “global warming” is somewhere else, like Australia right now.

      This truck driver that drives up around lakes Michigan, Huron, Erie, and Ontario quite a bit is very happy when the lakes have significant ice coverage because it means the end of lake effect snows.

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  3. Mark M

    “Finland is cooling

    The Scandinavian country of Finland, which extends up into the Arctic, also shows no signs of warming at all since December, 1988.”

    Wait. What?

    Finland introduced the world’s first carbon tax in 1990


    1. wert

      Fake news. Lost in translation. It was an ordinary fiscal tax on fuel (valmistevero) including coal, ‘stone carbon’ in Finnish. Thus carbon tax but not really.

      1119/89 is ref, but I could not find it immediately

  4. John F. Hultquist

    A couple of interesting weather blogs about February in Washington State:

    Warming is expected next Saturday, the 9th, but still below ‘Normal’.

    Where we live there is about 1 foot (30 cm) of snow. The 2nd link above has info on the eastern part of WA State. There, winds have made deep drifts. It will take lots of warm air to get rid of the snow — albedo being close to 100%.

    Nearby weather station for the National Weather Service went bust recently and recorded temps in the 50s F., when it was actually in the mid-20s F. One day it read 59, when 27 was closer.

  5. sasquatch


    You have to register to see the image. Hudson’s Bay is froze solid, a couple of cracks.

    Not much warming going on in Hudson’s Bay.

    Gonna need a blanket. lol


  6. SebastianH

    Somehow the JMA graph paints a different picture when not cut of at an arbitrary date: https://www.data.jma.go.jp/cpdinfo/temp/win_jpn.html

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