, I thought that people with open scientific minds may have been a little intrigued that an explorer in the 1820s recorded the ‘hottest days in human recorded history’. I’m left wondering about the amount of such information worldwide that lies in archives around the world, waiting to be re-discovered. There weren’t thousands of people employed in the ‘global warming’ industry back in those days pushing their own belief systems. But you are probably correct, Serpent
, when you imply that the record high temperatures in various localities are becoming more frequent.
This site, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_weather_records
, lists the 'hottest recorded days on record'; most have occurred in the 21st century; but there is no record of how far back the records go for each listing. If you look at it this site, you will appreciate that Sturt’s figures for readings, four feet above the ground and in the shade, beat all of the listed temperatures. Note that I’ve already addressed the plausibility of his readings.
Maybe I’m a bit touchy when I see publicity for extremes being presented to support a belief system when I would far prefer to see the balanced type of prediction that the IPCC is now presenting. If you look at this site - http://www.nationalreview.com/article/4 ... n-liberals
, you will see where journalist David French has recalled some of the early alarmist claims eg
• “Al Gore predicted “unless the world took “drastic measures” to reduce greenhouse gases, it would reach a “point of no return” in ten years”
• “Good Morning America claimed that in 2015 milk would cost almost $13 a gallon, gas would be more than $9 a gallon, “flames [would] cover hundreds of square miles,” one billion people would be malnourished, and Manhattan would be flooding — all because of climate change”
• “In 2007, the chairman of the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Rajenda Pachauri, said, “If there’s no action before 2012, that’s too late. . . . What we do in the next two to three years will determine our future. This is the defining moment.”
The title of this thread is “The hottest day in human recorded history”. If you just publicise these events (and not the overall perspective) after events such as the above three examples, to my mind it adds to the ‘alarmism’ perspective.
As a matter of interest, here’s another extreme that has NOT been in the news lately. 437 people died in the eastern States –
1. By Tuesday Jan 14, people were reported falling dead
in the streets.
2. Unable to sleep, people in Brewarrina walked the streets at night for hours, thermometers recorded 109F at midnight.
3. Overnight, the temperature did not fall below 103°F.
4. On Jan 18 in Wilcannia, five deaths were recorded in one day, the hospitals were overcrowded
and reports said that “more deaths are hourly expected”.
5. By January 24, in Bourke, many businesses had shut down
(almost everything bar the hotels).
6. Panic stricken Australians were fleeing to the hills
in climate refugee trains.
This happened in 1896.
Maybe such events were as common 150 to 200 years ago but just weren’t recorded. How many towns in the world had thermometers or weather bureaus?
Please regard the above as just ‘food for thought’. Please accept that I am NOT a climate-change denier. I’ll state again that I accept the latest modified IPCC predictions of projected increases in average global near-surface temperatures. I have severe doubts about carbon dioxide control being the answer to the problem - but that's an issue in another thread (Please do not comment on that here).