Professor Turney did not have to take an unsuitable ship full of “climate tourists” to Antarctica. He could have just checked the Bureau of Meteorology’s website.
As the Aurora Australis will be calling at Casey base to deliver delayed supplies before returning the hapless Turney and the rest of the expedition to Australia, I thought I’d help with what conditions to expect at Casey. I used official ACORN-SAT monthly data to 2011 and Climate Data Online daily temperatures since then.
As you can see, temperatures were below the mean (calculated from 1970-1990) for most of the year, and the monthly mean maximum temperatures were above freezing (the straight blue line) only in January and December. Monthly mean minimum temperatures never get above freezing. (The highest daily minimum in 2013 was +1.7 C on 15 January. The warmest minima this summer were on 29 and 30 December. It got to +0.3.)
And has there been recent warming?
show a linear trend of about +0.15 C- but the rise (such as it is) is by no means steady.
Remember, one of the so-called “fingerprints of greenhouse warming” is that warming should be greater towards the poles.
Professor Turney could have saved himself a lot of time, trouble, and embarrassment.