Much of Antarctica has been cooling for the last 35 years

Temperatures dropped an average of 1.23 degrees Fahrenheit per decade from 1986 to 2000.

13 Jan 02 – “Thirteen researchers, who work with the National Science Foundation’s McMurdo Dry Valleys Long-term Ecological Research program, report in the Jan. 13 online edition of the journal Nature on both the cooling and its effects in the Dry Valleys, an area a little larger than Rhode Island on the west coast of the Ross Sea.

“Dry Valleys’ temperatures dropped an average of 1.23 degrees Fahrenheit per decade from 1986 to 2000, with the greatest cooling during the December through February Antarctic summer, they report.

“Complicating the problem is the fact that all of Antarctica isn’t cooling.

“The Antarctic Peninsula, which looks on maps like an arm reaching from the continent to grab South America, has been growing warmer. In fact, reports in recent years that Antarctica is warming have been based on data from the Peninsula.”

Read that again. “Reports in recent years that Antarctica is warming have been based on data from the Peninsula.”

We’ve been getting distorted data! Although the Antarctic Ice Sheet is twice as big as the continental United States, the data has been coming from the Antarctic Peninsula, which is only a small portion of Antarctica.

If the entire United States, except for Oregon, were cooling, would you trust someone who told you that “the United States is warming”?

That’s the kind of misleading information that I’ve been trying to expose.

See entire article by Jack Williams:

http://www.usatoday.com/news/science/cold-science/2002-01-13-antarctic-cooling.htm