August 8, 2019
Baltimore Orioles outfielder Keon Broxton douses himself with water while taking a break between fielding and batting practice prior to a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox, Friday, July 19, 2019, in Baltimore.
AccuWeather founder and CEO Dr. Joel N. Myers is “throwing cold water on extreme heat hype” in a blog post with that name.
Turns out that 37 of the 50 states have an all-time high temperature record that was set more than 75 years ago.
How can that be?
A story came to my attention recently that merited comment. It appeared in London’s The Telegraph, and was headlined, “Give heat waves names so people take them more seriously, say experts, as Britain braces for hottest day.”
The story’s leaping-off point was a press release from the London School of Economics (LSE), which noted, “A failure by the media to convey the severity of the health risks from heat waves, which are becoming more frequent due to climate change, could undermine efforts to save lives this week as temperatures climb to dangerous levels.”
It added, “So how can the media be persuaded to take the risks of heat waves more seriously? Perhaps it is time … to give heat waves names [as is done] for winter storms.”
We disagree with some of the points being made.
First, and most important, we warn people all the time in plain language on our apps and on AccuWeather.com about the dangers of extreme heat, as well as all hazards. Furthermore, that is the reason we developed and patented the AccuWeather RealFeel® Temperature and our recently expanded AccuWeather RealFeel® Temperature Guide, to help people maximize their health, safety and comfort when outdoors and prepare and protect themselves from weather extremes. The AccuWeather RealFeel Temperature Guide is the only tool that properly takes into account all atmospheric conditions and translates them into actionable behavior choices for people.
Second, although average temperatures have been higher in recent years, there is no evidence so far that extreme heat waves are becoming more common because of climate change, especially when you consider how many heat waves occurred historically compared to recent history.
This is where the psychosis of the Climate Cultists really shines. Looking at whatever recorded history we have about weather patterns, it’s easy to see that the climate has been changing for a long time.
Despite that fact, the Greta Thunbergs of our time would have you believe that everything the climate does spells the Apocalypse.
They tell you “the climate is changing because of Climate Change! The climate changing means death!”
But they don’t pause for a moment and realize how silly their propositions are, and they don’t make this face:
No, instead, they ask for you to stop using your car to ensure that the blacks and browns that will inherit the planet after white people all committed mass suicide will be able to starve in peace without being burned to death by the sun in the Climate Apocalypse.
New York City has not had a daily high temperature above 100 degrees since 2012, and it has had only five such days since 2002. However, in a previous 18-year span from 1984 through 2001, New York City had nine days at 100 degrees or higher. When the power went out in New York City earlier this month, the temperature didn’t even get to 100 degrees – it was 95, which is not extreme. For comparison, there were 12 days at 95 degrees or higher in 1999 alone.
Kansas City, Missouri, for example, experienced an average of 18.7 days a year at 100 degrees or higher during the 1930s, compared to just 5.5 a year over the last 10 years. And over the last 30 years, Kansas City has averaged only 4.8 days a year at 100 degrees or higher, which is only one-quarter of the frequency of days at 100 degrees or higher in the 1930s.
Here is a fact rarely, if ever, mentioned: 26 of the 50 states set their all-time high temperature records during the 1930s that still stand (some have since been tied). And an additional 11 state all-time high temperature records were set before 1930 and only two states have all-time record high temperatures that were set in the 21st century (South Dakota and South Carolina).
So 37 of the 50 states have an all-time high temperature record not exceeded for more than 75 years. Given these numbers and the decreased frequency of days of 100 degrees or higher, it cannot be said that either the frequency or magnitude of heat waves is more common today.
Finally, there is the question of whether heat waves should be named. That’s an easy one: I oppose naming heat waves.
What else are these people going to suggest we name? Hurricanes and tropical storms already get names and they have since the 1940s, and the names are selected by international agreement. Yet, even for them, the criteria of whether and when to name a particular storm or not has left some leeway to the judgment of forecasters at the National Hurricane Center. If we were to name heat waves, should we also name cold waves, high wind events, pollution events? What about whiteouts due to blowing snow? All that would do is cause more confusion. AccuWeather believes in clearly warning of all extreme weather and explaining what the impact will be on people.
What else are they going to suggest we name? That’s easy to answer, doctor, because we should be naming everything. Every drop of rain, every cloud, everything.
We’ll name everything until people understand that the climate shouldn’t be changing. It’s just not right for weather to change.
We need 100% full-static weather where every day is exactly the same as the day before, and exactly the same as the next.
In Climate Utopia, there is no yesterday and there is no tomorrow. There is just Perfect, Eternal Climate.