July 11, 2023

About Those ‘Hottest Days Ever’

What the alarmists are calling the hottest spell in “at least 100,000 years” is what we call “summer.”

For those who were near a beach, lake, or swimming pool on Independence Day, consider yourself lucky: You had a means of cooling off on what was considered perhaps the hottest day in 125,000 years.

Wait. It didn’t seem all that steamy to you? That’s odd, because The Science™ told us it was warmer in northern Quebec than in Miami; that records were set in Siberia; and that Argentina and Chile, Southern Hemisphere countries that are in the dead of winter right now, hit 30 degrees Celsius — which is 86 Fahrenheit to us American rubes.

“This week’s records are probably the warmest in ‘at least 100,000 years,’” said someone named Jennifer Francis to the gullible folks at CNN. Francis, who’s apparently a senior scientist at Woodwell Climate Research Center, called the records “a huge thing.”

And she’s a Scientist, so she must be right, right?

Here’s the problem, though: It’s not all that unusual for places like northern Canada or Siberia to have heat waves, and the northern extremes of both Argentina and Chile come about as close to the equator as the southern tips of Florida and Texas, which aren’t known for frigid winters. This recent hot spell is toppling records that are only about 20 years old, not 100,000 years old, because we have no idea what the weather was like on a particular day back then.

“The idea that we actually know what it was on a given day 100 years ago, or 1,000 years ago, never mind thousands of years ago is sheer fraud,” says climate blogger Paul Homewood, who, despite not being a true Credentialed Scientist, makes a spot-on assertion. And, as another Non-Credentialed Non-Scientist, Power Line’s John Hinderaker, adds: “Wait, what? I didn’t know they had SUVs 125,000 years ago. What made it warm then? You’re not supposed to ask.”

Why not? Isn’t asking questions part of what’s supposed to be The Science?

And then there’s this: “Another problem is that our temperature data are imprecise.” So says Steve Milloy, yet another Non-Credentialed Scientist who is nonetheless a senior legal fellow. “It has been estimated that 96% of U.S. temperature stations produce corrupted data. About 92% of them reportedly have a margin of error of a full degree Celsius, or nearly 2 degrees Fahrenheit. The lack of precision of reported temperatures, whether estimated or measured, is not reassuring.” Milloy also points out that much of the Earth’s surface gets no temperature measurements at all.

Still, we wonder: Can these laypeople be trusted? They certainly seem to raise some good questions about The Science.

Yet whenever John Kerry — the haughty, Non-Credentialed Climate Czar — goes on about global climate change, he’s listened to like he’s preaching the gospel. “This will be the hottest June and July, it’ll be the hottest summer, it’ll be the hottest year,” he says, “and we all know that because the science is telling it to us and because Mother Earth is responding by telling us exactly what’s going on.”

Is Kerry now the Earth Whisperer too?

We’ll admit that it’s been a somewhat unusual year for weather, but whether it’s snow in Hawaii or a pronounced heat wave, the answer for it from The Science is always the same: more money from your pockets and more government control over your lives.

However, back here in Realville, if it’s a couple degrees warmer tomorrow, we’ll just call on that wonderful invention of Willis Carrier to get us through the day. And we’ll grumble about the electric bill later.

We humans have this wonderful capacity to adapt and adjust. So regardless of what the climate does or what The Science says, we’ll find a way to muddle through somehow.

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