By Kevin Glancy
In the real world, as I write this, people are dying because of extreme cold weather. Yet watching the news on various Australian television channels this past week, I couldn’t help feeling that somehow I was living in a parallel universe with so much drama and hype about normal summer temperatures.
‘Do I not live in Australia?’ I asked myself. What on earth are the television news channels on about? Apart from their typical rubber necking, ‘vulture at the feast’ approach to the bushfire coverage, why the drama about the weather? Why are they turning a predicted 33 – 36 degree day into some kind of apocalyptical event that needs to occupy the headlines?”
All the television channel news programmes were on the same wave length and it was all about the temperatures. They were even calling upon their respective weather persons, normally confined to the end of the news, to appear regularly throughout the news to issue dire warnings because ‘tomorrow will be 34 degrees.’
Isn’t this the kind of weather we always expect this time of the year? Why have normal summer temperatures, in the mid 30’s suddenly become a headline item?
This is Australia; that sunburnt country, that great southern land, it always gets hot in summer. It’s been that way for, well – probably forever. It doesn’t warrant a headline or all that news reader, pseudo-dramatics.
Sure! 43 degrees is hot, very hot and certainly deserves a mention but some summers are hotter than others and that’s just the way it is and always has been. As Tom Jones used to sing all those years ago when summers were pretty much like this summer, ‘It’s not unusual.’
When I was a kid all those years ago, I can clearly remember the roads melting and the railway lines buckling under the strain of a heat wave. I can remember week after week of plus 34 degree temperatures in South Australia, when it felt like I was living in a fan forced oven. Seeking shelter as hot northerly winds swept down through the northern suburbs of Adelaide, bringing sand storms and flying dirt along for the ride.
There were no swimming pools then and the garden sprinkler was your best bet when the beach was so far away. But we survived, there was nothing dramatic about it – it was an Australian summer, you expected that kind of weather and you managed.
So with all the TV stations toeing the politically correct line, inferring despite the fact that this summer is much the same as previous summers, that somehow this particular one is the price we’re paying for global warming, it was now time for Julia Gillard to get some action.
The Prime Minister couldn’t help herself as she politicised the Tasmanian bushfires. There she was standing in the midst of broken, burnt out homes, amongst people who have sadly lost everything. All those priceless personal possessions that have defined their lives, landmarks and memories lost forever.
So what does the PM do? Perhaps some uplifting rhetoric to provide hope for the future might be the way to go but no, not this one, like the television stations, Gillard couldn’t miss an opportunity to push her global warming agenda, declaring, “As a result of climate change we are going to see more extreme weather events.”
That’s right folks you can expect more of the same. Clever stuff! That would cheer anyone up, particularly someone who’s just lost all their worldly possessions in a bush fire and might be thinking about re-building their house and life. According to Gillard speak. Why bother?
Unfortunately, as always the truth is the first casualty when Ms Gillard speaks and yet again, apart from the depressing nature of her little climate change gem, she speaks with a forked tongue.
Ms Gillard, how dare you spread fear when there is not one shred of evidence to support your statement about an increase in extreme hot weather events in fact; they have declined over the last few years. Even the folk in her own global warming UN club, the IPCC much to its dismay and despite its previous catastrophic predictions has been forced to admit that it can’t see any increase in extreme weather events related to climate change. (UN IPCC AR5 Draft Report)
All this kerfuffle over normal summer temperatures is one of those moments, and there have been many over the past few years, when I just hope that no one from overseas is sitting in a hotel room somewhere in Australia watching this stupidity. Of course what makes it even more embarrassing is that the real story about the weather and one that is worthy of a headline has not received a mention by these same televisions channels.
If there was any truth to Gillard’s dishonest claim it would be that on a global scale, cold weather events are far more likely – just check the real news around the world.
We’re getting hot under the collar about 30 degrees while people are dying from extreme cold weather
Here in the village, on Australian television they’re getting hysterical about a temperature in the 30’s, while in Russia, Central Europe and China, hundreds of people have died in the past few weeks due to hypothermia and frostbite with thousands of people hospitalised. All caused by the extreme cold weather and record low temperatures in those countries.
These are temperatures 25 to 50 degrees below freezing point. Try keeping warm in that kind of weather. Give me 36 degrees any day; at least it’s much easier to keep cool.
Now record low temperatures that are killing people is news worthy, a true story about the weather but of course it doesn’t conform to the global warming nonsense. As far as our television stations are concerned, best not mention it – it might suggest to the folk that the planet is getting cooler and perhaps heading towards an ice-age. There is certainly far more mounting evidence to confirm that possibility rather than temperatures rising, given there’s been no rise over the last 16 years.
Late last week, southern China experienced the coldest weather for the last 30 years with temperatures as low as minus 40 degrees Celsius. State run media reported that 260,000 people required emergency aid in northern China’s Inner Mongolia region.
England has suffered devastating floods and Americans have been stranded around the country due to heavy snow storms.
The cold spell killed at least two people and about 180,000 head of livestock, affecting some 770,000 people across Inner Mongolia since late December, the Xinhua news agency said on Sunday.
The Mongolian government is concerned because 80% of the country is covered in snow up to 1.3 metres deep, cutting roads and endangering livestock in many areas.
The cold weather also caused a build-up of sea ice that stranded about 1000 boats in Laizhou Bay in the eastern Chinese province of Shandong. China’s average winter temperatures since late November were the lowest for 28 years according to the Meteorological Administration.
Last February 410 people died in the European winter due to hypothermia and frostbite.
In late December, 21 people died and 147 people were hospitalised with frost bite on the same day in Russia and the death toll has increased since then due to the ravages of extremely cold weather.
According to the BBC, in Poland 49 people have died, in the Ukraine 83 lost their lives with the Russian toll moving past 88 dead. In India at least 93 people have lost their lives due to hypothermia and frostbite and the death toll is rising.
Yet here in Australia and not to diminish the irreplaceable loss of property due to the bushfire season, our television news programmes dramatise the kind of temperatures that would be manna from heaven for those desperately trying to keep warm and who tragically continue to die from the cold in other countries.
Television news directors around the country should be absolutely ashamed of themselves for feeding us this dribble – start telling the real story about the weather, that’s the true story about record cold temperatures and not the one you’re spinning.
Killer whales trapped by Canada ice
Source: AAP – January 10, 2013-9:39AM
That’s right this can’t be happening – haven’t we been told that the ice is melting?
A REMOTE community in Quebec is calling for outside help to free about 12 killer whales trapped under a vast stretch of sea ice.
Locals in Inukjuak say the mammals have gathered around a single hole in the ice to get oxygen. The hole is slightly bigger than a car.
Mayor Peter Inukpuk on Wednesday asked the Canadian government to send an icebreaker as soon as possible to crack open the ice and help the pod find open water.
A hunter first spotted the pod on Tuesday. They are on the eastern shore of the Hudson Bay. Inukjuak is about 1500 kilometres north of Montreal.