Tromsø Easter

To: "'Greg and Val Clancy'" <>
Subject: Tromsø Easter
From: "Ray Pearson" <>
Date: Sun, 19 Apr 2020 15:23:54 +0930

Agreed Greg. The ignorant assertion by deniers that unusually cold events are counter to climate change proof, is frustrating. They would do well to perform a Google search on the polar vortex and jetstream relationship – and the implications of climate change.


Unfortunately science and facts don’t suit their ill-informed narrative





From: Birding-Aus On Behalf Of Greg and Val Clancy
Sent: Sunday, 19 April 2020 11:33 AM
To: Willem Jan Marinus Vader <>; ; 'birding-aus' <>
Subject: Re: [Birding-Aus] Tromsø Easter


Hi Willem,


Thanks again for your report from Tromso.   It saddens me that some Australians still have their heads in the sand (or is it snow at present) about climate change.  If we responded to climate change like the world has responded to Covid-19 we would have a chance of seriously addressing the issue.





Dr Greg Clancy

Coutts Crossing


From: Willem Jan Marinus Vader

Sent: Saturday, April 18, 2020 5:54 PM

To: ; 'birding-aus'

Subject: Re: [Birding-Aus] Tromsø Easter


There is a fundamental difference between weather and climate. Yes, we still have 1.60 m of snow here in Tromsø, and temperatures hover around the freezing point. At the same time S. Norway and W. Europe  have the earliest spring they can remember, and there are warnings of bushfires out in SE Norway.

All this is weather and not climate. The fact that 8 of the 10 warmest years in the last 150 years happened in  the last ten years, that is due to climate changes.

Wim Vader, Tromsø, Norway

Hi all,

So Global warming has skipped Northern Europe for the time being?

Doesn’t Greta come from up there somewhere? Maybe she could post a photo of herself in hip depth snow for all her beloved followers……


Kind Regards,


Rod Mackay

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Tromsø Easter--not really spring as yet

            From everywhere in the northern half of the world come stories of spring, flowers and nesting birds. This time a year the differences with the situation here north are at a maximum, and this year maybe even more than usually. While at least northern Europe, including southern Norway, has enjoyed a very early spring, the situation is very different here at 70*N. I wish I could send you some pictures, but you'll have to imagine 2 m of snow on the ground, and more falling every day this week,  and completely bare trees as yet. And very few migrant birds as yet either; the only song I hear in Folkeparken is the 'sawing' of the Great Tit and the 'rasps' of Greenfinches, both residents here. On the shore the Oystercatchers are back, and i have seen the first Common Gulls, the classical town gull here; although some Herring Gulls and Great Black-backed Gulls also nest on flat roofs in town. The last 2-3 years we have had a sudden invasion of Kittiwakes, that nest on window sills in town, and are very little popular with the inhabitants; they have already returned. My daughter who has been skiing at the outer coast reported flocks of Snow Buntings there; because of the surfeit of snow here in town they keep to the outer coast this spring. They are fattening up, on their way to the perilous journey across the Atlantic to Greenland and arctic Canada.

             My action radius is this year even more restricted than most winters. As usual, my car has disappeared under the snow; I no longer drive it in winter. But this spring Norway is also largely locked down because of the corona pandemy, and especially people of my age are asked to keep largely at home. I can make short walks along the larger roads, but the paths in Folkeparken are often hard to conquer. I see therefore very few birds, except the ubiquitous Magpies and Hooded Crows, and the large gulls and eider ducks of the sounds.

           I am eagerly awaiting the Chiffchaff (should have been here already), the Fieldfare and Redwing, the Chaffinch and Brambling and a little later the most common of them all, the Willow Warbler.

         God Påske to all of you.

         Wim Vader, Tromsø, Norway



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