Offshore Windfarms heat-up Europe’s winters and
cool spring season – Assessment of Winter 2016/17
Posted April 18, / update April 30, 2017
Our last post (below) provided evidence that due to ample activities from the English Channel to the Barents Sea they contribute to warmer regional winters. The last winter 2016/2017 confirms the process. Figure 1-right
indicates the significant between Northern and Southern Europe. Instead of discussing the last winter on this basis, the DWD summarize the winter 2016/2017 as exceptionally dry, very sunny and somewhat too mild.
The Met-Off agrees that it was a rather dry and mild winter. Both do not find one word on whether the clear temperature distinction (Fig.1 ) requires some explanation, or whether human activities at sea may have contributed. For further reading we recommend this LINK: Winter 2015/16 –versus – Winter 1939/40
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Offshore windfarms, shipping and other activities have a pronounce impact on the atmosphere throughout the year. They may have significantly contributed to the warming during the early part of the winter (Fig. 2 – above left & 3) and to lower temperature now in spring (Fig. 4 & 5).
Even only a minor contribution, must be recognized by science. Neither mentioning the aspect, nor undertaking any research in this respect is irresponsible. Please read the following post as well!!
Update on 30 April: Spring warmth came on hold across Europe in early 3rd week of April (19 April), and cold weather brought snow to parts of Germany, Austria and the Balkans. Fig. 6
Last Tuesday/Wednesday (25/26 April), a powerful cold front swept through Britain and France. It brought gusty rain showers that included hail, sleet, snow and “even #thundersnow in places” the British Met Office reported.
Unusual cold conditions continue into early May (Fig. 7, indicating that off-shore activities may contribute a significant share.
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Previous Post – April/August 2016
Europeans warm their winters,
but science does not know why!
Analyzed here: Winter 2015/16 –versus – Winter 1939/40
And cool down their summers?
Not knowing why the European winters are getting warmer and warmer is a shame. Not analyzing the potential reasons is a scandal. For years it is known that warming was the strongest over Scandinavia, especially in winter, (EEA-1). That can be easily be connected to warmer seas. “Over the past 25 years the rate of increase in sea surface temperature in all European seas has been about 10 times faster than the average rate of increase during the past century “(EEA-2). “In the North and Baltic Seas temperatures increased five to six times faster than the global average over the past 25 years, and three times faster in the Black and Mediterranean Seas” (EEA-2). Establishing a convincing chain of causation between warmer Europe and human activities at sea is the inevitable conclusion. Not for climate science running the global CO2 warming story, but who is blind, ignorant, unable to see the obvious link, and is unwilling to undermine their AGW theory.
Here is the consideration posted by Ron Clutz [30 March 2016]
This post concerns work by Dr. Arnd Bernaerts on human activities contributing to mild winters in Europe.
To start with, he is analyzing “climate” properly. Climates are plural, not singular; the term is a human construct referring to distinctly local and regional patterns and expectations of future weather. Secondly, he addresses changes observed in one particular season as a way to identify inter annual variation. Thirdly, he is well aware of oceanic fluctuations, and seeks to understand human effects in addition to natural variability.
Specifically Dr. Bernaerts studies the linkage between the Baltic and North Seas and winters in Northern Europe. His article (here) is entitled “Northern Europe’s Mild Winters. Contributions from Offshore Industry, Ships, Fishery, et cetera?”
From the Abstract:
The marine environment of North Sea and Baltic is one of the most heavily strained by numerous human activities. Simultaneously water and air temperatures increase more than elsewhere in Europe and globally, which cannot be explained with ‘global warming’.
The climatic change issue would be better understood if this extraordinary regional warming is sufficiently explained. The regional features are unique for in-depth studies due to different summer-winter conditions, shallowness of the seas, geographical structure, and main pathway for maritime weather patterns moving eastwards.
The impact of sea activities on the seasonal sea water profile structure is contributing to stronger regional warming, change in growing season, and less severe sea ice conditions. The impact of the man, whether small or large, should be understood very soon and very thoroughly.
Pay particular attention to the Discussion at the end, which includes this:
Regional seas in Northern Europe are minor from size and volume in global ocean affairs. Weather is “done” elsewhere, but every location contributes to the global picture. In the case of N-Europe it may be more significant as weather can be divided in maritime and continental influence, and due to the global air circulation from West to East, it is a gate. It may support the flow of warm wet air eastward (low pressure), or stem it by dry and cold continental air (high pressure), by diverting low pressure areas– in extreme circumstances – towards the Bering Sea or Mediterranean. In so far the North Sea and Baltic play a crucial role in how to open or close this gate.
Three facts are established: higher warming, a small shift in the seasons, and a decreasing sea ice cover. In each scenario the two sea’s conditions play a decisive role. These conditions are impaired by wind farms, shipping, fishing, off shore drilling, under sea floor gas-pipe line construction and maintenance, naval exercise, diving, yachting, and so on, about little to nothing has been investigated and is understood.
The facts are conclusive. ‘Global Climate Change’ cannot cause a special rise in temperatures in Northern Europe, neither in the North Sea nor the Baltic or beyond. Any use of the oceans by mankind has an influence on thermo-haline structures within the water column from a few cm to 10m and more. Noticeable warmer winters in Europe are the logical consequence.