Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)


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Photographed on Suomenlinna on Kalevalapaäivä (Kalevala Day).
This is one of my favorite places to visit in Helsinki, Finland.

Image: GrrlScientist, 28 February 2009 [larger view].


  1. #1 Juuro
    April 1, 2009

    I did not realize it had been such a mild winter. On a “normal” winter (ten years ago) I would expect to see ice cover all the way to the outer islands — except for the ship route right there of course.

  2. #2 "GrrlScientist"
    April 1, 2009

    do you know if this is an unusually warm year or is it part of a larger trend (global warming)? do you know if anyone has systematically monitored these things?

  3. #3 Juuro
    April 2, 2009

    The onset of this winter was late, but after that the temperatures were close to what would be expected.

    The ice cover, admittedly, is a poor metric. It is tremendously variable from year to year. Some examples from a single decade can be seen here:

    This pretty much demolishes my comment; there is effectively no “normal” year for ice cover.

    Temperatures have been tracked at many locations for a longish while now. This the last image on this page shows some records.

    For the Helsinki dataset the urbanisation has been discounted in the thinner red line; upward trend still shows.

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