It never ceases to amaze me that so many people confuse weather with climate. It is one thing when the political clowns run around and point to weather events as some kind of omen associated with global warming but when people who should know better (those who are schooled in the sciences) do it, it makes me question either their motives or their credentials. Recently, a colleague (a science teacher) posted a link on her facebook page to an article in the British newspaper, The Guardian. The article was pure rubbish for many reasons but the one that stood out to me was the blatant attempt to extrapolate (it perhaps is deliberate) from local weather events (heat waves, a drought, etc.) a global climatic change.
I have noticed that this is done on a constant basis by the global warming activists because it is so easy to do—in any given year or season there are always extraordinary weather events that the uninitiated might be swayed into associating with global warming. So, to counter this illogical drivel I will be presenting on a regular basis some of my own compilations of weather events. Unlike the global warming activists, I make no claims about the implications for these reports. I present them merely as an antidote for that which is presented by people who should know better.
This list is by no means exhaustive, just a representative sample of some recent “evidence” (wink wink) of global cooling.
Sydney shivers through coldest September in five years. http://www.smh.com.au/environment/weather/sydney-shivers-through-coldest-september-in-five-years-20100930-15yjh.html
Adelaide finally thawing after the coldest September in 18 years. http://www.weatherzone.com.au/news/adelaide-finally-thawing-after-coldest-september-in-18-years/15103
Melbourne chills in coldest September in 16years. http://www.weatherzone.com.au/news/melbourne-chills-in-coldest-september-in-16-years/15101
Coldest September on record recorded for Exeter, UK. http://www.thisisplymouth.co.uk/news/Record-low-temperature-month-logged/article-2691309-detail/article.html
Scotland experiencing its coldest September in 30 years. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1315636/First-snowmen-2010-spotted-shivering-Scotland.html
Coldest Portland summer in 17 years. http://www.westernusawx.info/forums/index.php?showtopic=30415
Melbourne endures coldest September in 16 years. http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2010/09/30/3025915.htm?site=melbourne
Coldest recorded September night in Durban, South Africa. http://climateresearchnews.com/2008/09/coldest-recorded-september-night-in-durban-south-africa/
Coldest September in 30 years recorded in Iceland. http://www.icelandreview.com/icelandreview/daily_news/?cat_id=16539&ew_0_a_id=159505
Ireland experiences its coldest September in 14 years. http://www.breakingnews.ie/ireland/mhqlsnididgb/
Pacific Northwest experiencing its coldest summer in 17 years. http://www.kgw.com/news/Coldest-Portland-summer-in-17-years-101983603.html
175 people killed in South American cold spell. http://en.trend.az/regions/world/ocountries/1723309.html
Record cold in South America causes loss of human and animal life. http://globalfreeze.wordpress.com/2010/07/20/record-cold-in-south-america-causes-loss-of-life-cattle-deaths-and-gas-shortages/
Chile experiences its coldest winter in nearly 100 years. http://icecap.us/images/uploads/Frigid_Southern_Hemisphere_Winter.pdf
South Africans shiver in country’s coldest winter. http://www.sabcnews.com/portal/site/SABCNews/menuitem.5c4f8fe7ee929f602ea12ea1674daeb9/?vgnextoid=fce0e59fcbe49210VgnVCM10000077d4ea9bRCRD&vgnextfmt=default
Argentina and Chile experiencing the coldest winter since 1918. http://www.aolnews.com/world/article/chilly-in-chile-south-america-hit-by-freak-cold-snap/19583528
Killer cold winter in South America. http://www.uncoverage.net/2010/07/killer-cold-winter-in-south-america-80-dead-so-far/
Millions of fish die in Bolivia’s coldest winter in decades. http://www.boliviabella.com/millions-of-fish.html
Southern California experiences coldest summer in decades. http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2010/09/las-summer-ends-with-a-chill-it-was-the-coldest-in-decades.html
Santa Barbara experiences its coldest summer ever recorded. http://www.sanluisobispo.com/2010/08/28/1267200/la-nina-helping-chill-our-summer.html