The Heat Wave Continues

In the UK, the Guardian reports as the heat wave continues.

The northern hemisphere is having a baking summer – and it’s not just down to climate change

Last week, authorities in Sweden took an unusual step. They issued an appeal for international aid to help them tackle an epidemic of wildfires that has spread across the nation over the past few days.

After months without rain, followed by weeks of soaring temperatures, the nation’s forests had become tinderboxes.

The result was inevitable. Wildfires broke out and, by the end of last week, more than 50 forest blazes – a dozen inside the Arctic circle – had spread across Sweden.

A nation famous for its cold and snow found itself unable to cope with the conflagrations taking place within its border and so made its appeal for international help, a request that has already been answered by Norway and Italy who have both sent airborne firefighting teams to help battle Sweden’s blazes.

Nor is the nation’s fiery fate particularly unusual at present. Across much of the northern hemisphere, intense and prolonged heatwaves have triggered disruption and devastation as North America, the Arctic, northern Europe and Africa have sweltered in record-breaking temperatures. In Africa, a weather station at Ouargla, Algeria, in the Sahara desert, recorded a temperature of 51.3C, the highest reliable temperature ever recorded in Africa. In Japan, where temperatures have reached more than 40C, people were last week urged to take precautions after the death toll reached 30 with thousands more having sought hospital treatment for heat-related conditions. And in California increased use of air conditioning units, switched on to counter the scorching conditions there, has led to power shortages.

Rather surprisingly, the Guardian doesn’t blame it all on global warming:

Most scientists point to a number of factors with global warming being the most obvious candidate. Others warn that it would be wrong to overstate its role in the current heatwaves, however.

“Yes, it is hard not to believe that climate change has to be playing a part in what is going on round the globe at present,” said Dann Mitchell of Bristol University. “There have been some remarkable extremes recorded in the past few weeks, after all. However, we should take care about overstating climate change’s influence for it is equally clear there are also other influences at work.”

One of those other factors is the jet stream – a core of strong winds around five to seven miles above the Earth’s surface that blow from west to east and which steer weather around the globe. Sometimes, when they are intense, they bring storms. On other occasions, when they are weak, they bring very calm and settled days. And that is what is occurring at present.

“The jet stream we are currently experiencing is extremely weak and, as a result, areas of atmospheric high pressure are lingering for long periods over the same place,” added Mitchell.

I stopped reading the Independent 10 or 15 years ago when it went completely overboard on global warming. Today it seems to be making no mention of it, reporting instead on the appearance of crop marks revealing WW2 airfields, Roman forts, and even more ancient hill forts:

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8 Responses to The Heat Wave Continues

  1. Rose says:

    It’s been reminding me of 1976 for some while now.

  2. RdM says:


    Compared to what?

    I love the lie and lie the love
    A-Hangin’ on, with push and shove
    Possession is the motivation
    that is hangin’ up the God-damn nation
    Looks like we always end up in a rut (everybody now!)
    Tryin’ to make it real, compared to what? C’mon baby!

    Slaughterhouse is killin’ hogs
    Twisted children killin’ frogs
    Poor dumb rednecks rollin’ logs
    Tired old lady kissin’ dogs
    I hate the human love of that stinking mutt (I can’t use it!)
    Try to make it real, compared to what? C’mon baby now!

    The President, he’s got his war
    Folks don’t know just what it’s for
    Nobody gives us rhyme or reason
    Have one doubt, they call it treason
    We’re chicken-feathers, all without one nut. God damn it!
    Tryin’ to make it real, compared to what? (Sock it to me)

    Church on Sunday, sleep and nod
    Tryin’ to duck the wrath of God
    Preacher’s fillin’ us with fright
    They all tryin’ to teach us what they think is right
    They really got to be some kind of nut (I can’t use it!)
    Tryin’ to make it real, compared to what?

    Where’s that bee and where’s that honey?
    Where’s my God and where’s my money?
    Unreal values, crass distortion
    Unwed mothers need abortion
    Kind of brings to mind ol’ young King Tut (He did it now)
    Tried to make it real, compared to what?!

    Tryin’ to make it real, compared to what?

    Donald Dean, Leroy Vinnegar, Benny Bailey, Eddie Harris


  3. Mark Jarratt, Canberra, Australia says:

    You have the ‘fier🌏y fate’, we have minus 7C and rain. Denis our urinating cherub fountain statue was weeing in Morse Code, as if suffering a prostate condition. As for climate change, sure, happens all the time. I doubt humans can affect climate much no matter how many new taxes transfer wealth to the state, or if we don sackcloth and ashes and return to being troglodytes… 🌏

    • Rose says:

      Be glad that the experts of today prefer taxes and sackcloth.

      Largest known child sacrifice site discovered in Peru
      30 Apr 2018

      “The burial site, known as Las Llamas, contains the skeletons of 140 children who were aged between five and 14 when they were ritually sacrificed during a ceremony about 550 years ago, archaeologists said on Friday.
      The site, located near the city of Trujillo, also contained the remains of 200 young llamas apparently sacrificed on the same day.

      The burial site was apparently built by the Chimú empire. It is thought the children were sacrificed as floods caused by the El Niño weather pattern ravaged the Peruvian coastline.”

  4. Dr Evil says:

    If it’s global warming and all that jazz, what happened between 1976 and 2018? We have had many miserably cool and wet summers. a few hot spells. But these extreme hot summers are rare.

  5. beobrigitte says:

    In the UK, the Guardian reports as the heat wave continues.

    The northern hemisphere is having a baking summer – and it’s not just down to climate change
    Ok, a few weeks without rain and a few days with temperatures above 30 degrees C are a little unusual for Britain. Of course climate change has something to do with it… The public must be scared into screaming for action!!! How about trying to live with a planet that habitually changes it’s climate?
    It’s time for hosepipe bans?
    In a statement posted on its website, the company said: “We’ve taken the decision to introduce a hosepipe ban across most of the North West on the 5th August.”
    Oh dear… by then it will be lashing it down and the summer will have disappeared.

    The healthists are jumping on the bandwagon:
    More than 200 people have been hospitalised with sun-related illnesses
    Sun-related illnesses…. Fearmongering successfully at work.
    (There are some well known remedies for sunburn/heat stroke etc. our parents and grandparents used when they had to work their fields in temperatures above 30 degrees C with the sun beating down.)

    Fear causes people to make the most irrational and idiotic decisions. Tobacco Control proved that with their actions and lobbying politicians and rich people against tobacco companies, smokers and smoking,

  6. RdM says:

    In the soil of thine heart, plant naught but the rose of love.

    Some interesting comments (I’m just part way through) in this, reflecting on TC too?

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