In Greenland this week, temperatures reached an all-time high: 80F.
The temperature in Ojai (in Southern California) today: 80F.
In Greenland, the Danish Meteorological Institute (DMI) gently suggested that climate change might have something to do with the high temperatures.
As reported by Jason Samenow for the Washington Post:
The DMI says the warmth was not “unnatural”, but explains it fits into a long-term pattern of climate warming.
“[T]here is an indisputable gradual increase in temperature in Greenland,”DMI writes. “Along the way, any ‘warm event’ thus have a higher probability of being slightly warmer than the previous one.”
Out here in Ojai, in warm Southern California, one notable meteorologist/forecaster, Bob Bornstein of San Jose State, has published studies that show that global warming has already led to local cooling along the coast. It's too soon to disentangle this possibility from oceanic phenomena like the Pacific Decadal Oscillation, but talk to Ventura County residents and they will tell you, yes, with the exception of a heat wave earlier this month, this has been a cool summer.
So! Greenland and Southern California — meterological summer twins.
Who wouldn've thunk?