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Climate Change in Lapland
Reference
Lee, S.E., Press, M.C. and Lee, J.A. 2000. Observed climate variations during the last 100 years in Lapland, northern Finland. International Journal of Climatology 20: 329-346.

What was done
The authors analyzed Finnish Lapland meteorological data obtained from local meteorological stations and from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration for a 5 latitude by 5 longitude grid in order "to assess whether there is any evidence of a change in climate in this region over the last 100 years."

What was learned
In the words of the authors, "there has been no significant warming or cooling during the entire period 1876-1993 for the annual data and the seasonal temperature data."

What it means
Once again, and from the part of the world - high northern latitudes - where CO2-induced warming is predicted to be particularly dramatic, real-world data reveal no net warming over the last 117 years. As we are wont to say in our USHCN Temperature Record of the Week feature: "Not much global warming here!"


Reviewed 27 September 2000