Monckton Myth #12: Arctic Temperature Changes
by Robert Way, Skeptical Science, February 16, 2011
The Warming Arctic
So what do the results show?
It is evident based upon Figure 1 that the late 20th to early 21st century warming in the Arctic far exceeds the warming experienced during the 1930s and 1940s. This is supported by calculating a 10-year running means which shows that the 10-year period from 2001 to 2010 was 0.79 °C warmer than the warmest 10-year period during the early-to-mid 20th century. Monckton's claim of that period being 1 °C greater than the current warming is therefore proven to be incorrect. It should also be noted that the warming over the last 30 years (1981-2010) shows an extraordinarily fast rate of warming (6.3 °C/century) using CCC-GISTEMP.
Another way of looking at the data
Table 1: Top 10 Warmest Years in the Arctic according to CCC-GISTEMP analysis.
As a side note, temperature reconstructions for the Arctic are now for the most part widely accessible, and I was able to run this one in 20 minutes. There is no practical reason why Monckton selects but a few stations for his analysis and ignores the overwhelming majority of evidence presented here and elsewhere. There are just no excuses.