CLIMATE  TRENDS

Brian Gunter, Narooma, NSW, Australia    http://members.westnet.com.au/brigun/vostok-temps.html

"Trends are not always trendy"

 

   

 

 

 

TEMPERATURE TRENDS AT VOSTOK STATION, ANTARCTICA

 

 

 

 

Has the Antarctic continent become significantly warmer in recent years? 

Here is a detailed analysis of the temperature data recorded at the Vostok station since 1958.  

 

 

 

 

 

Vostok station, in Antarctica, was operated by Russia since January 1958. The station is located in central Antarctica (see map) with coordinates -78.45N 106.87E.   The station is located 800 km from the nearest coast and at an elevation of 3,490m.

 

 

The raw data were extracted from the website of the Royal Dutch Meteorological Institute (KNMI).  

 

 

Graphical plots are presented below of values of mean temperatures for each of the 12 months and also for each year (January-December).

 

 

A polynomial trend line was fitted through each of the sets of data.

 

 

This study is a more detailed analysis of temperature trends that I have made for 13 long-term stations in Antarctica.  http://members.westnet.com.au/brigun/antarctica-temps.html   That study showed that mean summer, winter and annual temperatures at 10 of the 13 stations also had essentially zero temperature trends over the past 60-70 years.  The three stations located on the more-northerly Antarctic Peninsula had significant increased temperature over that same period.

 

 

MY CONCLUSIONS:

 

 

The temperature at Vostok station has varied little over the past 60 years.  

 

Only November shows a marked increase in temperature, with an increase of about 2.5C in the past 20 years.

 

Many of the years since 1988 are incomplete and this has made it difficult to assess trends over this period.

 

 

 

 

 

So, there is no evidence of any significant change in the temperature at Vostok station over the past 58 years!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ANNUAL AND MONTHLY TEMPERATURE TRENDS AT VOSTOK STATION, ANTARCTICA

   

 

 

Annual

 

 

 

 

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December

 

 

 

The Author:

  This article was written by Brian Gunter of Narooma, NSW.  In his previous life Brian was an engineering hydrologist involved over many years in the analysis of rainfall and river flow data for the planning of water resources projects in Australia, Asia and Africa.  In recent years he has been one of the Marine Rescue NSW (previously Royal Volunteer Coastal Patrol) volunteer weather observers who operate the Narooma station for the Bureau of Meteorology.

 

Brian Gunter

brigun@westnet.com.au

28 May 2015