If a few weeks of extreme heat suggest CO2 is causing a catastrophe, then don’t a few weeks of Siberian record-breaking cold suggest the opposite?*
I bet Siberians would appreciate some global warming this winter.
People are dying of cold weather in Ireland, the UK, the US and Russia. Spare a thought for the those facing temperatures so cold that natural gas is liquifying in pipes.
In the last week snow has shut 5000 schools in Britain. More than 1,000 flights have been cancelled at Heathrow, and one 25 year old dental nurse woman died in Kent. An Irish Doctor was killed with three others in an avalanche in Scotland. Seventeen died in Afghan refugee camps since the start of January. (In terms of weird weather, on January 9th it even snowed in Israel.)
“London: Extreme winter weather swept across western Europe, leaving thousands of passengers stranded at London’s main international airport and claiming several lives in Spain, Portugal, Scotland and France, including those of three Mali-bound soldiers.”
Last Friday, people were panic buying in Wales.
“With much of Britain expecting to be brought to a standstill today by a 40–hour snowstorm, shelves were left completely empty and basic items disappeared amid fears families would be left snowed in.
Supermarkets reported a “frenzy” as people stampeded along the aisles, filling their trolleys with bread, milk, vegetables and other essentials, leaving stores “virtually empty”.
Six people have died of the cold in Cook County, USA. A woman was found dead in Wisconsin and a man in Minnesota. It’s been the coldest winter in China for thirty years. Eighty-three people died a few weeks ago in Ukraine.
The worst death toll this winter comes from Russia.
“Snowpocalypse in Russia
On Friday, Moscow was on a verge of traffic collapse as more than 10 inches of snow fell on the city, which is more than half of January’s average.
Thousands of passengers were stranded overnight in the capital’s major airports, as several dozen flights were delayed.
The polar circle city of Norilsk has been buried under 10 feet of snow – entire apartment blocks, markets, stores and offices were buried under snow overnight. Banks of snow were as high as two people put together, reaching the second-story windows of some apartment buildings.
In the end of 2012, Russia saw extreme winter not witnessed since 1938. The coldest-ever December in Russia led to the evacuation of hundreds of people in Siberia, where temperatures fell below -50 degrees Celsius; Moscow also saw its coldest night ever for the season.
More than 90 Russians died during the cold snap, and more than 600 people were taken to hospital due to the extremely dangerous weather, which is 10 degrees below the December norm. Nearly 200 people have died throughout Russia as a direct result of weather-related accidents and hypothermia this season...”
Quiet, the masters of PR hypocrisy are at work
Environment reporters and climate commissioners are cherry picking the pain. Every hot-spell might be due to “climate change” but cold weather is just cold weather. Media outlets are projecting visions of fireballs downunder and forecasting more heatwaves to come. Even when they acknowledge that “one event can not be put down to climate change” they feed the monster: “but it is what the models predict”. Thus by spectacularly brazen bias do they pump the meme, and forget to mention that record snowfalls and minus 50C temperatures are not what the models predicted. Just ask Dr David-children-won’t-know-what-snow-is-Viner. The models can’t be a bit right on some things and a total-fail on others. If they can’t do precipitation or clouds, they can’t do the climate.
One extreme event is just noise in the system. It doesn’t tell us anything about the long term trend and says nothing about the cause…
* Cue trolls: tell us about the models that predicted heavier snowfall (especially after it happened). Which model got global precipitation right?