In a recent article for TCW I featured a BBC news report about the supposed planet-destroying heatwave reportedly ‘tearing’ across the Southern United States and the Mediterranean. I highlighted a BBC reporter who, while telling us about the supposedly devastating heatwave in the US, possibly inadvertently mentioned that this heatwave followed ‘more than 260 days of unusually cool weather’. I wondered why the BBC hadn’t suggested that the ‘more than 260 days of unusually cool weather’ could be a sign of global cooling, yet the BBC screamed that a week of above average warm weather was proof of the planet burning up due to our selfish use of fossil fuels.
The report also featured the BBC’s climate-catastrophist reporter, Justin Rowlatt, who was in Spain telling us about the soaring temperatures there and how the temperature in Alicante was expected to hit the ‘late thirties’ over the next few days. Well, here’s the BBC’s weather forecast for Alicante:
I guess arithmetic wasn’t Justin’s strongest subject at primary school otherwise he would know that 31°C to 33°C is in the low thirties and nowhere near ‘the late thirties’.
Here’s the report again. Rowlatt’s mention of ‘the late thirties’ comes in around the one-minute point:
Well, what about the supposed heat inferno in Rome? Here’s the BBC’s own weather forecast:
Temperatures of 31°C to 38°C are expected. But Rome is a city and so, due to the urban heat island effect from buildings, cars and buses, will always have temperatures several degrees above the surrounding countryside. But no sign even in the city of the 40°C to 45°C the media have been screaming about.
Oh dear, let’s try the cauldron of hell, Athens, where key tourist sites had to be closed due to the life-threatening heat:
Athens might manage to hit 38°C over the next few days. But it is a city covered in concrete with almost no trees or parks, so it’s going to get pretty hot in the summer.
Surely heat hell will destroy Sardinia where the BBC and other media told us record temperatures of up to 48°C could be possible. Well, the BBC’s own forecasts suggest that temperatures are going to hit 42°C on one day only, the rest being much lower.
I get a strange feeling that there has been more than slight exaggeration in the forecasts of climate doom we’re being fed.