A post by Maynard
Deniers of global warming should acknowledge the facts, as outlined in this Washington Post report:
The Arctic ocean is warming up, icebergs are growing scarcer and in some places the seals are finding the water too hot, according to a report to the Commerce Department yesterday…
Reports from fishermen, seal hunters and explorers all point to a radical change in climate conditions and hitherto unheard-of temperatures in the Arctic zone. Exploration expeditions report that scarcely any ice has been met with as far north as 81 degrees 29 minutes. Soundings to a depth of 3,100 meters showed the gulf stream still very warm.
Great masses of ice have been replaced by moraines of earth and stones, while at many points well known glaciers have entirely disappeared. Very few seals and no white fish are found in the eastern Arctic, while vast shoals of herring and smelts, which have never before ventured so far north, are being encountered in the old seal fishing grounds.
Yes, this appeared in the Washington Post. To be precise, the November 2, 1922 edition of The Post.
A story like this sounds too good to be true. So is it an urban legend? It appears to be legit.
The source report of the Washington Post article on changes in the arctic has been found in the Monthly Weather Review for November 1922. It is much more detailed than the Washington Post (Associated Press) article. It seems the AP heaviliy relied on the report from Norway Consulate George Ifft, which is shown below. See the original MWR article below and click the newsprint copy for a complete article or see the link to the original PDF.
P.S. Speaking of odd old newspaper stories…what is wrong with this old New York Times abstract? (Another reminder why you should be skeptical of what you read in the Times.)