Global warming heating up China’s ‘ice city’

0 Comments – January 4, 2007

I usually have a difficult time saying that any specific occurrence is due to global warming (or any other global trend). Typically, with complicated systems like climate, there are many more factors at play than can be succinctly discussed in a headline.  I am inclined to believe that this particular news story is true though.

It appears that the “coldest city in the world” is getting a little warmer. This seems to agree with a general warming in that region of the world. (Follow the feed link to read the rest of the story).

It is important to make sure that this isn’t a small spike. Although the evidence does see more warmer years lately than is typical, it really takes 10-20 years to see a true climate change trend.

Meteorologists say the weather in Harbin — famous throughout China as one of the coldest places in the country — is getting hotter because of global warming….

Officials at the Heilongjiang provincial meteorological observatory say the average annual temperature reached 6.6 C last year, the highest since records began in 1881….

The average temperature last month was minus 10.6 C, the second highest for December since records began, Xinhua said. Temperatures in Harbin can fall well below minus 30.

You can read the entire story here.

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