100 Years Ago Today : Alaskan Arctic Ocean Free Of Ice

NASA says 1911 was the fourth coldest year on record.


One hundred years ago today, the San Francisco Chronicle ran this headline.

06 Feb 1911, Page 3 – San Francisco Chronicle at Newspapers.com

h/t Don Penim

NASA says January, 1911 was almost 10C below normal at Point Barrow.


January and February. 1911 brought record heat to the Southeast US.

02 Feb 1911, Page 1 – Fort Scott Daily Tribune and Fort Scott Daily Monitor at Newspapers.com

It was 85 degrees in Missouri on February 2, 1911.

May, 1911 brought precedent 100 degree temperatures to Maine and Quebec. May 22, 1911 brought the hottest May temperatures ever recorded in Maine, Vermont and New Hampshire.

23 May 1911, Page 1 – Pittsburgh Daily Post at Newspapers.com

22 May 1911, Page 1 – The Sydney Morning Herald at Newspapers.com

This was followed by the hottest July 4th on record in the US, during a two week heatwave which killed thousands of people in New England. July 3rd, 1911 was the hottest day on record in New Hampshire.  July 4th, 1911 was the hottest day on record in Massachusetts and Vermont, and July 10, 1911 was the hottest day on record in Maine.

04 Jul 1911, Page 1 – The Scranton Republican

The 1911 Heat Wave Was So Deadly It Drove People Insane – New England Historical Society

And Europe had a seventy day long heatwave which killed tens of thousands of people.

En 1911, Paris suffoquait déjà sous la canicule – Le Parisien

London was 100 degrees on August 9, 1911.

29 Aug 1930 – DEATHS REPORTED. – Trove

Paul Homewood captured this graph from the Met Office in 2016, showing the summer of 1911 as being the second hottest on record in England, after 1976.

England’s Record Heatwave In 1911 | NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT

The Met Office has since altered the data to cool the summer of 1911 slightly, and make it no warmer than 1995 and 2006.

UK temperature, rainfall and sunshine time series – Met Office

The chart below overlays the 2015 and current versions, and it appears that the summer of 1911 is the only point which has been tampered with.

More than a thousand people died in Germany.

11 Aug 1911 – TERRIBLE HEAT WAVE. – Trove

The New York Times reported an Arctic heatwave during the summer of 1911, and said in August there was no ice in the Northern Sea Route or along the coast of Alaska.

TimesMachine: August 15, 1911 – NYTimes.com

NASA shows that it was cold along the coast of Alaska during August 1911.

If climate science was an actual science, academics would want to understand the heat of 1911 – rather than try to make it disappear.

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4 Responses to 100 Years Ago Today : Alaskan Arctic Ocean Free Of Ice

  1. thurman Zhou says:

    I heard one of the who songs today, ” Out here in the fields,I get my back into my living, I don’t need to fight to prove I’m right, I don’t need to be forgiven..”
    And co2 levels were how much higher than pre industrial? Certainly higher, there are no negative co2 ppm per year since the pre industrial era. The temperature should have been 1.5 C warmer THEN. Gosh, depending on, not only who NASA is talking to but when, they can say anything. See, Thurman, Tony just proved it was warmer in 1911, but if NASA is talking to the zombies, 1911 was the coldest year on record.
    Too bad some of the enlightened masses didn’t live back then. They’d find the current summers delightful.

  2. Winston Smith must have been sleeping on the job again.

  3. richard says:

    Same old, same old, in warm and cold periods- “The Arctic Ocean between the huge ice sheets of America and Eurasia was not frozen throughout, but like today probably was only covered by relatively shallow ice, subject to seasonal changes and riddled with icebergs calving from the surrounding ice sheets. According to the sediment composition retrieved from deep-sea cores there must even have been times of seasonally open waters.[12]”


  4. Ruby Gray says:

    Tony Heller
    Oops!! The headline should read,
    “110 Years Ago Today,” not 100 years.

    Wonderfully detailed information.
    Heartfelt thanks for your tireless research and selfless dedication to disseminating the empirical truth to a world raised on fairy stories and subjective opinions.

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