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Great masses of ice have been replaced by moraines of earth and stones, while at many points well known glaciers have entirely disappeared.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.)

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  1. Tony in LV says:

    I read the 1891 NYT article several times.
    What’s wrong with it?

  2. RuBegonia says:

    Maynard – I scrutinized that paragraph for a good minute before seeing the obvious titular titter. Reminder to me – the answers to life’s questions are usually as plain as the nose on your muzzle. WOOFAW!

  3. kwilder says:

    Wow… there were shysters, cheats, and bamboozlers back then too, huh? I’m guessing so… 😉

  4. radargeek says:

    The medical and science profession used to be one that people could depend on telling the truth. Of course, whenever politics touches anything with its “political correct” evil tenicals, it rottens whatever good reputation these professions once stood for.

  5. Tony in LV says:

    NOW I see it!

    (Congrats RuBegonia!)

  6. Pangborn says:

    I read that headline several times before I noticed it’s flaw. I stared at it until I was cockeyed, in fact.

    • Carol-1R says:

      Good one! Is that a double entendre or a pun? It’s both I think.
      A mix of snow and rain today here in central Florida. Wish those glaciers would stop melting and giving off their cold. Feel bad for some of my colleagues doing Goofy’s Race.
      BTW Tammy, playoff game on now features USC QB vs USC QB.

  7. cmoore324 says:

    I have a dirty mind, I caught it right away. Happens when you work with union stagehands all day.

  8. Leon says:

    Announcing a “little ice age” now?
    There is no reason for this “little ice age” they are announcing to go away, even after a few hundred years.
    Professor Vladimir Paar says the 70,000 year version is overdue to start at any time (probably based on the Milankovitch cycle). The warming they are depending on to ameliorate this little ice age ended in 1995 and almost all glaciers are growing.

  9. varmint says:

    A globally disastrous volcanic explosion seems to have been building.
    When different happenings keep coinciding, it’s time to look for links, causes, background forces that tie them together. Sometimes though, it’s also time to look out for your rear end. Ice ages are linked to both major volcanic activity, and to a particular “wobble” orbital relationship between the earth and sun (that NASA announced recently) and into the Milankovitch Cycle theory, of major ice age events (70 to 90 thousand years).This “real” ice age is also associated with the magnetic field of earth taking an excursion, sometimes into a complete polar flip. Last I heard NASA announced our magnetic pole was weakening and moving. There are internal solar cycles that give us short cold snaps. Some are a few decades long, “mini ice ages” such as IPCC scientist Mojib Latif indicated we have started into. Some are “Little ice Age” cycles of (nominally) a hundred years or so, such as Piers Corbyn says we are going into. (Though he does not refer to it as a “Little Ice Age, so far as I know.) This situation though, has too many earmarks of the millenniums long version of cold snap, a regular glaciation cycle “ice age” that is said to be “long overdue.” Piers Corbyn has had great success predicting weather from the way the sun behaves and says our weather will be going colder until 2030 roughly and then will oscillate warmer and colder for a hundred years or so, but colder than we have enjoyed in our own time. This sounds very much like the little ice age that gave us the French Revolution, the plagues, the total switch from grains to potato farming for Ireland, leading to blight and the irish famine, and a desperate population bringing witch trials, and, to 25 million dead in Europe. I don’t think humanity will be quite that “lucky” as this climate shift goes into gear. Something brings these volcanic events, then they exacerbate the climate shift, with increased solar reflectivity in our sky. Quake activity is maybe not entirely a coincidence as well. Sub oceanic volcanic and geothermal heat can drive atmospheric moisture increase that is very dangerous in our climate change scenario.The movement of magma causes quakes sometimes, maybe triggers incipient quakes in nearby stress points. What if the forces involved in that “wobble orbit” are making their contribution here? The molten core of earth and the tectonic plates will feel the suns gravitational pull differently, with the earth in a slightly different tilt and relationship angle in the changed orbit around the sun. We know the magnetic field of earth has been weakening. We know that one magnetic field (such as that of the sun?) can weaken or strengthen another such field, depending on orientation, and maybe push or pull it and its matrix? It seems to me that Milankovitch and Nimo Niroma and Professor Vladimir Paar and Piers Corbyn and Mojib Latif resolved different parts of the same puzzle. It’s cycles upon cycles, and within cycles. When these volcanoes blow it won’t be “why we got the ice age.” We just had it coming as part of the same big picture.

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