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Nice review!

On this site (http://pogoda.ru.net/) are registering monthly records.

That record warm months in the Arctic this winter:

December 2011
The warmest December

Vize Island -8.7° (14.7° to normal), the previous -10.6° (1966)
Small Karmakuly (Novaya Zemlya) -2.1° (8.9° to normal), the previous -2.6° (1944)
Kanin Nos -0.3° (5.0° to normal), the previous -0.4° (1953)
Dudinka -15.0° (10.1° to normal), the previous -16.3° (1913)
Vorkuta -7.7° (9.7° to normal), the previous -8.3° (1974)
Pechora -6.5° (9.2° to normal), the previous -6.7° (1974)

January 2012
The warmest January
Vize Island -11.5° (13.4° to normal), the previous -13.4 ° (2006)

February 2012
The warmest February
Hayes Island (Franz Josef Land) -9.6° (13.5° to normal), the previous -13.5° (2005)
Vize Island -11.2° (14.5° to normal), the previous -13.6° (1956)
Dikson -13.3° (12.1° to normal), the previous -15.4° (1931)

The island Wiese three records in a row for 60 years of observation! It is likely that current March will be the fourth!


Thanks for those monthly anomaly data, Arcticicelost80. Very interesting.

Vize/Wiese Island is right between Franz Josef Land, Novaya Zemlya and Severnaya Zemlya.

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Not surprisingly, part of the Kara Sea between Cape Desire and island Vize this winter did not freeze.

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Cape Desire = Cape Zhelaniya


Hi Neven,
I see I should have put my Svalbard-Franz Josef analyses for last winter over here.
Thanks for the post, confirms my hunch there is spectacular change going on on the Atlantic side...

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By the way the second half of March is going to be on the Atlatic side of the Arctic same warm, like the first half.

Yvan Dutil

A whole week of temperature above 0C is expected in Quebec. Normally, snow cover should not survived this week.

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"Longyearbyen, Svalbard:
Currently 17.7° C above normal (as much as 20.5° C last week).

Barentsburg, Svalbard:
Currently 10.8° C above normal (as much as 14.9° C a couple of days ago)."

I understood why such a big difference.
At the Norwegian site uses standards 1961-1990 year, and in Russian 1981-2010.


Yes, I also figured it had to be due to differences in baseline. Thanks for looking it up, Arcticicelost80.


UAH Channel 5 February record for Arctic circle:

Top 4:
Year M NoPol Land Ocean
2012 2 1.88 1.89 1.87
2010 2 1.87 1.56 2.36
2006 2 1.82 1.47 2.37
1980 2 1.3 1.58 0.85

For any month, Feb 2012 was 3rd
2010 5 2.09 2.01 2.21
2010 4 1.98 1.86 2.17
2012 2 1.88 1.89 1.87



Diablobanquisa compares this winter's temps with those of previous years.

I see I should have put my Svalbard-Franz Josef analyses for last winter over here.

Indeed, Werther. Which is why I'm copypasting it here:


I use these graphs from wetteronline.de for a lot of weatherinfo all around the Arctic. They are easy to copy to CAD for analysing differences. Last fall I did a ‘warmth volume’ comparison for five stations around the Barentsz-Kara region on 2010 and 2011. Curious what the same approach would show for last winter, I examined Svalbard and Franz Josefland. You bet there’s a formidable difference! As far as day-time max is relevant during winter, Svalbard mean was 5.5 dC higher than last year. That doesn’t look like much while still below zero. But in terms of ‘heat volume’ the difference is enormous. Compared to last summer, it’s anomalous volume was 7 times larger during winter. For Franz Josef, although colder nominally, the difference is even stronger. Heat volume anomaly out there was 20% higher than on Svalbard! What does it mean? I think these waters have turned Atlantic. Of course winter effect would be higher in this changing environment. That’s normal in sea climates. These parts used to be embedded in sea ice once. In polar climate...
Chris Biscan

It will be interesting to see if the Hudson Bay becomes ice free over the SouthWest/South side this week/next week as warm southerly winds push ice back and have temps reach the 40s maybe 50s this week with sun light.


I remember from last year that Hudson Bay really late. Looking at the CT SIA graph it started losing area from May 1st onwards. This year the ice should be thicker in much of Hudson Bay.

So yes, it will be interesting to see what happens the coming two weeks. Thanks for the heads-up, Chris.


While we have been focused on a particular set of sites for winter temp anomalies, here is the 90 day global view from Dec 13 to March 11:


Also the 180 day anomaly from Sept 14 2011- March 11, 2012:



Apocalypse wrote:

Also the 180 day anomaly from Sept 14 2011- March 11, 2012:


Bottom line, on the major part of the Arctic there has been a +6 to +10 °C anomaly, which seems pretty worrying to me.
And the "albedo" for what it matters won't help.

Kevin McKinney

Interesting take on ice quality:


(From sidebar; currently top item.)

Pete Williamson

The warm tongue is fascinating.

On the numbers in the final list they look big but it looks like the natural variability in this region is fairly amazing.

Take just the first site you list, Longyearbyen, Svalbard. It only has max/min data starting 1976 but it has recorded temperature range for March of >50oC (+6 to -42). I hope that put's some perspective on things.


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