There was no Summer 2015 in Tarfala in the northern Swedish mountains.
The Swedish weather service SMHI’s Sandra Andersson tells Swedish Radio News that meteorologically conditions have gone directly from Spring to Fall at the ski station, located near Kebnekaise, Sweden’s highest mountain.
“If Summer hasn’t arrived by August 1,” she says, “then it can be Fall instead, and that’s what happened in Tarfala.”
In Stekenjokk in the southern Lappland mountains, it is also now officially Fall, as the average daily temperature there has not risen above 10 degrees Celsius for 5 days in a row, the definition of Fall in Sweden.
Summer, which Tarfala never experienced this year, is defined in Sweden as average temperatures above 10 degrees Celsius for 5 days in a row. (Spring in Sweden is defined as temperatures between 0 and 10 degrees Celsius for 7 days in a row, after February 15.)
Related stories from around the North:
Canada: Report spotlights rapid glacier melt in Canada and Alaska, Radio Canada International
Finland: Solar power prospects good in Finland despite rainy summer, Yle News
Greenland: Field notes from Greenland – From the glacier to the sea, Blog by Mia Bennett
Norway: UN Secretary-General to visit Norwegian Arctic, Eye on the Arctic
Russia: Arctic methane: time bomb or “boogeyman”?, Analysis from Deutsche Welle’s Iceblogger
Sweden: How will global warming affect the average Swede?, Radio Sweden
United States: Snow cover nears record low across North, Alaska Dispatch News