The Summer of 1912

Abstract

IN NATURE of September 19, Mr. Harding concludes a very interesting article on the recent summer in the British Islands, by recording the fact that “the temperature of the sea-surface in the North Atlantic and in proximity to our own coasts has for some time past been much below the average”. This seems to bear out what I have been telling people for weeks past—that the abnormal chilliness of the past summer, and especially of the month of August, was in all probability due to the cooling of the Gulf Stream by the abnormal ice-drift on the other side of the Atlantic, to which the disastrous fate of the Titanic forced the tardy attention of even the great shipping companies. A reference to such a thorough-going atlas as that of Diercke and Gaebler (p. 21) will show what this must mean, when not only icebergs but extensive icefloes in such numbers were melting away in the latitudes of the Spanish peninsula, and even further south than the latitude of Gibraltar, in the very path of the Gulf Stream Drift, and even of the return North Equatorial current, with the natural result that these islands, within the same latitudes as Labrador, should have a taste of something like a Labrador summer.

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