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The sunburnt lands up north: Pond Inlet

02 Feb 2022 | Science Notes

The colour scheme on a recent chart from the Government of Canada showing how much warming has hit our country in winter months might have given you the impression that the far North has become a holiday destination for sun-seekers. As a public service, to avoid confused tourists getting frostbite looking for the beach, we have decided to show you the long term temperatures for Canada’s far north in those places where the record goes back to the 1930s or earlier. This week we look at the seaside town of Pond Inlet Nunavut, where the record goes back to 1923. Here are the average daytime highs for January.

For 60 years starting in the 1920s the January highs bounced around between -20C and -35C. But ever since 1980 they’ve been bouncing around between, uh, -20C and -35C.

Now here's February:

And here's March:

If you want to beat the rush for acquiring sundrenched Pond Inlet beachfront property, don’t worry. You’ve got several thousand years at this rate.

One comment on “The sunburnt lands up north: Pond Inlet”

  1. I'm British. We're supposed to be stiff upper lipped in the face of adversity, but not only have we forgotten how to be stoic, we've lost the ability to identify adversity too. As for you Canadians, you seem to have swapped the pen for the crayon. I know thinking is hard, but why, especially, have we lost the art of considered, reasoned analysis? Are we so damned decadent?

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