The UK Met Office issued a Press Release early this morning – Top ten UK’s hottest years all since 2002. I don’t think many Brits will have noticed the warming trend. An annual average degree or two, either way, gets lost in the changeability of weather in these islands.
BBC Radio 4 News this morning mentioned the latest State of the UK Climate report but remains silent on where the action is at the moment. Nick Humphrey draws our attention to the Arctic, Alaska and Siberia.
A couple of the ten Weather Stations I have been monitoring have been renamed – but their data continue to be reported. Beijing Capital, though, seems to have ‘gone dark’ and a couple of other stations in the city don’t have historical data back to December 2008. I’ve had to fly south to Shanghai to acquire replacement figures.
Shanghai experienced the same warm start to the meteorological year as Beijing and suffered the first of the big freezes. But it ended the season ‘above Paris’ (1.57°C) whereas Beijing had increased just 0.01 degree above the estimated 0.85°C rise since the Industrial Age began.
I’ll report on the first month of the Northern Spring and Southern Autumn in a few days time. Solar Minimumists are reporting that the Little Ice Age is definitely underway but my Ten Weather Stations are not yet feeling a persistent chill. Arctic amplification, on the other hand, is in overdrive at the moment with temperatures well above normal in Alaska.