Killer Storm in Romania, thanks Obama!*

Romanian YouTuber Vee Monro shows some of the devastation wrought by the ferocious storm in Romania that killed 8 and injured 137 with 100km/h winds. https://youtu.be/rS9QF-blfhY Romanian media may be hyperbolic but at least I haven't seen the dreaded Climate Change bogeyman which our media lazily reach for anytime something out of the ordinary occurs. … Continue reading Killer Storm in Romania, thanks Obama!*

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The Meteorological Reasons Why There Have Been So Many Hurricanes This Year

NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT

By Paul Homewood

While Hurricane Maria continues this year’s run of hurricanes, it is worth reading this Telegraph article from Sep 8th. It certainly makes a refreshing change from the wearying drivel written by Jillian Ambrose and co:

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The destruction left by hurricanes Irma and Harvey has left many wondering why this year has been particularly bad for disastrous weather.

Harvey pummeled Texas, while Irma has been barrelling through the Carribbean and Bahamas, hurtling towards Florida.

Many thousands of homes have been destroyed and lives have been lost after the worst hurricanes seen for some years came in from the Atlantic Ocean.

The US expects hurricanes – they have a season of them every year – but not of this magnitude.

So why is it so bad? And can we expect more in the future? We asked scientists and other experts to explain.

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How Real Are Heatwave Death Claims?

NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT

By Paul Homewood

Yesterday I reported on the latest attempt by the CCC to scare the public about worsening heatwaves.

According to PBC Today:

Now, the CCC has warned people could be at risk if action is not taken. According to the organisation, the number of deaths due to heat waves is set to more than triple by 2040. With 7,000 deaths a year expected to be attributed to deadly heatwaves, the CCC is calling on the government to act now.

https://www.pbctoday.co.uk/news/building-control-news/building-regulations-must-change-prevent-overheating-deaths/33886

The last real heatwave in the UK, July 2006, is often held up as an example of how many excess deaths occur in hot weather.

England Mean daily maximum temp - Julyhttps://www.metoffice.gov.uk/climate/uk/summaries/actualmonthly

According to the Met Office, there were 680 excess deaths.

But how reliable are these guesstimates?

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Pakistan Could Face Mass Droughts By 2025–Independent

NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT

By Paul Homewood

h/t Patsy Lacey

From the failed Independent:

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Pakistan could face drought in the near future according to experts in the country, who have warned the country will approach the “absolute scarcity” level of water by 2025.

The Pakistan Council of Research in Water Resources (PCRWR) made the grim forecast in a new report which claimed the country touched the “water stress line” in 1990 before crossing the “water scarcity line” in 2005.

An unnamed government official in the south Asian country told Pakistani media that urgent research is needed to find a solution – but warned of a lack of available government funds.

Pakistan has the world’s fourth highest rate of water use but is dependent on water from a single source – the Indus River basin in India – and rainfall has been steadily declining, with some experts claiming this is down to climate change.

An…

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Arctic Ice Refreezing

A journalist has asked the Arctic about reports of its demise;

“I can understand perfectly how the report of my illness got about, I have even heard on good authority that I was dead…The report of my death was an exaggeration”

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Science Matters

We are about 4 days away from the annual Arctic ice extent minimum, which typically occurs on or about day 260 (mid September). Some take any year’s slightly lower minimum as proof that Arctic ice is dying, but the image below shows day 260 over the last 10 years. The Arctic heart is beating clear and strong.

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Recent posts noted that 2017 Arctic ice extents were stabilizing and then coasting to a halt.  Now we are seeing a reversal with ice growing in all but one region.  While the daily average extent over the last 10 years bottomed out on day 260, years like 2016 and 2009 hit minimum on day 254.  This year’s extent was at 4.7M km2 for a week, hit bottom at 4.6M on day 253, and 3 days later is now up to 4.8M km2.  SII (Sea Ice Index) 2017 is…

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