Canadian Climate Survey: Temperature Graphs for 55 Cities and Towns Show Warming Trend Across Canada
Over the past month, the Sixth Estate Canadian Climate Survey has put online basic temperature charts showing local climate change in 55 cities and towns across Canada. The purpose of the project is to put a local face on climate change, which tends to be discussed in the global abstract. I hope this project will help Canadians see past the anti-science nonsense perpetrated in forums like the National Post and the Globe & Mail.
The Survey will continue, but I thought I should mark the posting of the first few dozen cities with a post summarizing what I’ve found so far. These cities and towns are in every province and all three territories. In 21 of 55 cities, annual average temperatures have increased at least 1˚Cbetween the period from 1961-1990 and the most recent 10 years on record (2002-2011).
In contrast to the claims of climate change denialists, who insist that warming is mainly a statistical blip caused by urban heat islands, most of these fast-warming weather stations aren’t actually near major cities. Certainly Charlottetown, Sault Ste Marie, Ottawa, and Saint John are on the list. But Canada’s largest cities — Montreal, Vancouver, and Toronto — are actually within the slowest-warming half of the stations charted so far. So the urban heat island effect doesn’t appear to be a major effect in Canada, which is exactly what we would expect given that it’s been convincingly relegated to second-place importance by mainstream climate science, too.
In contrast, zero sites so far have shown overall cooling since the 1961-1990 period. However, Regina‘s average temperature remains flat, and a few other places — Medicine Hat, Guelph, Edmonton, Montreal, and Saskatoon — also show negligible change (less than 0.3˚C of warming), and some of those places have actually cooled slightly between the 1980s and today.Tweet