Storms of rare ferocity

cairo snow

Why are we not treating global warming as a form of insanity? From Drudge today:

SNOW HITS CAIRO, FIRST IN 100 YEARS…

‘Historic’ Israeli Snowstorm; Power Outage in Jerusalem…

Over 2,000 cold and snow records set in USA this past week…

And from the middle story:

Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat released a statement saying ‘we are battling a storm of rare ferocity.’

The planet’s not warming, it’s cooling.

UPDATE: This now at Drudge to add to the above:

Sun’s Current Solar Activity Cycle Is Weakest in a Century

The people who wish to line their pockets fighting a non-existent warming trend are the one’s who are actually endangering the lives of millions. If another period of falling world temperatures is coming, as it has in the past, we should really be thinking about how this can be dealt with. More solar panels and windmills is not the answer. Cheaper and more reliable electricity is.

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48 Responses to Storms of rare ferocity

  1. jupes

    No no no. This is evidence that the carbon tax is working.

    And Abbott wants to get rid of it!

  2. Badjack

    Until the Govt’s worldwide start to throw money at climate scientists for Global cooling research they will continue to sprout the religion of Global warming. This is nothing more than a bunch of academics with their snouts in the public trough.

  3. A Lurker

    Dashing through the snow
    In a one camel open sleigh
    Over the desert we go
    Laughing all the way. (Hahaha)
    making spirits bright
    What fun it is to laugh and sing
    A sleighing song tonight.

    Mind you, snow is a bit of a waste on the Middle East. After all, the Muslims just don’t have the right mindset to get into ‘making spirits bright’ with Christmas trees, Jolly Old Santa and all the other cultural enjoyments of Christmas that we infidels are used to.

  4. Rabz

    Why are we not treating global warming as a form of insanity?

    Who’s ‘we’, Kemo Sabe?

    I’ve regarded a belief in global warming as the surest manifestation of insanity in a person and have done so for well over two decades now.

    Gullible, hysterical idiots.

  5. Robert O.

    Don’t you get it; this is weather, not climate! Looks like the N. Hemisphere is in for a pretty cold Winter as there were unprecedented snowfalls in France as well a few weeks back. Surely some of MSM will publish this sort of event, despite their stance, since it is newsworthy.

  6. boy on a bike

    Don’t you see? This is where the “missing heat” has gone. All this snow is making some areas colder, and that is hiding the heat.

    Errrr……

    I know – I need a grant to study this. And some nubile researchers to assist. And a fat travel allowance. Oh, and about 15 years to do the study.

  7. Chris M

    Also coldest temperature ever recorded on earth this month in Antarctica, minus 93 degrees C.

  8. egg_

    Don’t you get it; this is weather, not climate!

    IPCC AR1: Heating 0.3C/decade
    IPCC AR4: Heating 0.15C/decade
    IPCC AR5: A heating ‘pause’.
    (IPCC) Latif’s paper to Nature predicting up to 3 decades of cooling at the North Pole.

    See a trend?

  9. James of the Glen

    No, no, Steve, we have to justify to the uninformed masses the need for wind “farms” to “tackle global warming” (it’s always about to be “tackled”).

    Incidentally, just when manufacturing costs have played the major role in heaving GM out of SA, genius Weatherill and Rann’s man A-G Rau have given permission for another wind “farm” to be erected in case SA’s world record electricity prices are not quite high enough to provide total disincentive for any manufacturing industry.

    And can someone feed that camel. Bloody barbarians.

  10. Gab

    Aaaargh! It’s da glowbull warmening in disguise!!11!!

  11. candy

    And can someone feed that camel. Bloody barbarians.

    yes, poor thing cold and hungry.

  12. C.L.

    Gillard FTW!

    She cooled the earth!

  13. Gab

    Did anyone spot the Goreacle in Cairo?

  14. johanna

    Steve, you need to keep up. It’s not “global warming” any more, it’s “climate change”, “weird weather” etc.

    Yesterday when I was watching the cricket, some moron commentator on Ch. 9 talked wistfully about the good old days when weather was predictable. Yep, we never needed the Weather Bureau in the Good Old Days, because everyone just knew what was going to happen. There were no droughts, floods, storms or unseasonal events back then. Now, thanks to evil fossil fuels, the planet is going to hell in a handbasket.

    The stupid just goes on and on.

  15. JC

    Cold weather.like this is poor country like Egypt could mean a lot of dead people. Cold kills.

  16. incoherent rambler

    A quick analysis would indicate that this sort of thing is a potential killer of government grant money and subsidized win farms. It is the duty of the ABC and Fairfax (in the national interest) to refrain from publishing such material.

  17. Lloyd

    Mind you, snow is a bit of a waste on the Middle East. After all, the Muslims just don’t have the right mindset to get into ‘making spirits bright’ with Christmas trees, Jolly Old Santa and all the other cultural enjoyments of Christmas that we infidels are used to.

    Sure they do. It’s called target practice…

  18. Bruce of Newcastle

    Fire and Ice

    Some say the world will end in fire,
    Some say in ice.
    From what I’ve tasted of desire
    I hold with those who favor fire.
    But if it had to perish twice,
    I think I know enough of hate
    To say that for destruction ice
    Is also great
    And would suffice.

    - Robert Frost, 1920

    Maybe after the CAGW scare finally dies out the LSM will have learned their lesson and won’t go nuts about ice ages like they did in the seventies. I don’t hold much hope of this though.

  19. mmxx

    Anyone see this as Climate Change da Nile?

  20. Dianne

    The planet’s not warming, it’s cooling

    Shhhh…you’ll have another mob of rent seekers putting their hands in our pockets to come up with a whole raft of changes that we have to pay for!

  21. Grumbles

    It is neither warming or cooling, we are on a small rock spinning quickly by planetary standards and wobbling on its orbit thanks to the moon, varying in great distances from the sun yet maintaining an average temperature of within one degree every year by our flawed and semi accurate measures.

    Nothing short of a miracle… Could it have happened by chance?

  22. David

    Anyone see this as Climate Change da Nile

    Naughty. That sort of humour will see you sent to stand in the corner.

    But it is clever.

    :-)

  23. stackja

    The planet’s not warming, it’s cooling.

    Oh the lost money going to the warmists. How will they survive?

  24. boy on a bike

    Stackja – I know you love looking these things up. I remember reading a WWII memoire and in the early chapters, they were up in Syria (I think) fighting the frogs. It was freezing during the winter, and they had to build wooden huts and burn a lot of wood to keep warm. It might have been Jo Gullett, but as some bastard has nicked my copy, someone else will have to look it up.

  25. johno

    We know that their ABC will not report this, so send your complaint in now.

    Doesn’t matter that they will not respond to your complain. Just repeat the exercise complaining about their lack of responding.

  26. jumpnmcar

    Don’t forget all the Hurricanes and Cyclones we are being smashed with increasingly, more often and more ferociously.
    Look at em all.

  27. stackja

    boy on a bike
    #1110356, posted on December 14, 2013 at 12:29 pm

    I have these quotes from my collection. AWM may more information.

    Australia in the War of 1939–1945. Series 1 – Army – Volume II

    Volume II – Greece, Crete and Syria (1st edition, 1953) Author: Gavin Long

    Chapter 28 – On the Northern Flank

    548 ON THE NORTHERN FLANK Oct-Nov
    The snow which blanketed Syria and the Lebanon that winter was said to be the heaviest for thirty years,and for three weeks no vehicles were able to reach the school. Injured men were taken to hospital on sleighs made of galvanised iron sheets turned up in front – Major Savage remembered having read of such sleighs being used by the Australian light horse in the sand of Sinai in 1916 .
    H.S .Gullett,Official History of Australia in the War of 1914-18,Vol VII (1923), p.105. This volume had been widely read in 1940 and 1941, particularly because it described operations round Gaza and in Syria in country familiar to the Second A.I .F .

    Official Histories – First World War Volume VII – The Australian Imperial Force in Sinai and Palestine, 1914–1918 (10th edition, 1941) H S Gullett

    May-June, 1916] THE DESERT ORDEAL 105
    The Australians therefore devised simple sleighs made of sheets of galvanised iron turned up at the front and drawn by two horses.

  28. Ant

    Oh, the denialism.

    Heretics! The lot of you.

  29. tomix

    candy

    #1110223, posted on December 14, 2013 at 10:55 am

    And can someone feed that camel. Bloody barbarians.

    yes, poor thing cold and hungry.

    The ill tempered brute is probably wishing for another metre of snow. Camel wool.

  30. Elizabeth (Lizzie) B.

    Wonder what it was like one special night nearly 2014 years ago in that region.
    All the inns full and no-one sleeping rough under the icy stars.
    A stable and a manger would have been a welcome haven.
    Snowy Christmas cards look to be about right.

  31. stackja

    Elizabeth (Lizzie) B.
    #1110503, posted on December 14, 2013 at 2:33 pm
    Wonder what it was like one special night nearly 2014 years ago in that region.
    All the inns full and no-one sleeping rough under the icy stars.
    A stable and a manger would have been a welcome haven.
    Snowy Christmas cards look to be about right.

    Yes.
    and shepherds watched their flocks by night
    Or as Spooner may have said
    While shepherds washed their socks by night, And hung them on the line,

  32. cynical1

    More extreme weather.

    Exactly what Mr Flannery predicted….

  33. Robbo

    URGENT URGENT URGENT URGENT URGENT

    Somebody send this story from Cairo to Al Gore and Tim Flannery. Both of those bloody no nothing hypocrites need to face some facts.

  34. egg_

    River Thames frost fairs seem to have a roughly century frequency but changes to flow are said to have interrupted this since the last event in the nineteenth Century.

  35. jupes

    Somebody send this story from Cairo to Al Gore and Tim Flannery. Both of those bloody no nothing hypocrites need to face some facts.

    I don’t think they are unaware of the facts Robbo. It’s just that it’s in their best interest to ignore them.

  36. stackja

    New South Wales Severe Thunderstorm Advice Issued at 3:06 pm Saturday, 14 December 2013.
    4cm hail was reported at Bowraville and 2cm hail at Bellingen at about 2:40pm.

  37. Mk50 of Brisbane, Henchman to the VRWC

    heh.

    This makes the Lavatory Rodeo mob ‘Global Cooling Deniers’.

  38. Armadillo

    The snow which blanketed Syria and the Lebanon that winter was said to be the heaviest for thirty years,and for three weeks no vehicles were able to reach the school.

    Quite common really. Tehran (Iran) is usually blanketed by snow for 3 months of the year.

  39. Just in from Jonah Goldberg – a good reminder of the across-the-board unreasonableness of so many ‘scientists’ in so many fields.

    Back Off Man, We’re Scientists

    Rich Lowry (praise be upon him), has a good column on liberalism’s “reality problem.” He writes about how liberals sold Obamacare as if it were simply the product of Cartesian logic, science, and math. The wonky architects of the Affordable Care Act were like vulcans or Mentats — devoid of ideological, emotional, or idealistic delusions — who had simply deduced an irrefutably superior way to organize health care in this country that would expand access, reduce costs, and create nothing but winners as far as the eye can see. Lowry writes:

    The erstwhile reality-based community is having a tough time of it lately, though. Most infamously, Obamacare is foundering on the flagrant deceptions used to sell it, exposed every day by the workings of the law in reality.

    Many liberals still don’t want to acknowledge the rather straightforward fact that if you mandate more insurance benefits in the so-called Affordable Care Act, insurance will cost more. QED. You might be able to cushion the cost increase for some people with subsidies, but not for everyone, and the underlying insurance is still more—not less—expensive.

    Now, I find this all interesting not just because angels learn to write by trying to emulate Lowry’s columns (“Ah, I get it now. It’s Christmas-bonus season at National Review!” — The Couch), but also because I happened to write two books that dealt with liberalism’s pose as nothing more than the “best practices” as deduced by “the experts.”

    In the Tyranny of Clichés I argued at some length that liberals use the language of empiricism (and common sense and pragmatism) in order to sell a deeply ideological agenda. Using the language of “pragmatism” they logic chop any open/opposing ideological commitments as if they were utterly irrational while camouflaging liberal ideological commitments in seemingly empirical language. As I wrote: “liberals and other progressives hold it as a bedrock article of ideological faith that they are not ideological. In short: Pragmatism is the disguise progressive and other ideologues don when they want to demonize competing ideologies.” Of course, I’ve made this same point about 7 trillion times in this “news” letter and elsewhere, in part because this point is always relevant when you have a deeply ideological president going around insisting he’s not a very ideological person.

    I’m reminded of an episode of Parks and Recreation — back when it was reliably funny — in which we learn the town of Pawnee, Indiana, is not only “The First in Friendship and Fourth in Obesity,” but also the home of a bizarre cult that worships an alien-beast God known as Zorp. In the 1970s the cult briefly controlled the city, but these days the aging cultists in their Dockers and flannel shirts aren’t much of a threat. Every now and then they gather in the city’s main park to await the arrival of Zorp, who they are sure will — this time! — destroy the planet and leave it a slag heap. (At these gatherings, Ron Swanson (who is awesome) sells the cultists handcrafted flutes at wildly exorbitant prices. The cultists think it’s hilarious and that Swanson is a sucker because he accepts checks. After all, Zorp is coming and he’s going to melt the whole planet tonight.)

    Anyway, I’m reminded of it because the cultists had one brilliant insight. They called themselves the “Reasonablists.” Their thinking was that this would immunize them from criticism, because nobody wants to seem unreasonable or against reason.

  40. cuckoo

    A tolerably warm summer in England last year brought forth alarmist ‘statistics’ about a wave of heat-related deaths. Except, when you looked closer, these turned out to be things like a man who was sunbaking on his roof, and then fell off. Any Brit who drowned at the beach was also counted a heat-related death because, well, they wouldn’t have been there during winter, now, would they? Injuries incurred while mowing a lawn were counted as heat-related, and so on. I look forward to similar reporting of this cold snap in Cairo.

  41. duncanm

    F M D!.

    The only mention of this 1 in 100 year event on ‘our’ ABC news is in relation to Syrian refugees.

    No mention that its, you know, somewhat odd to be snowing at all in many regions of the ME!

  42. Danzig_Misfit

    GW does really separate the wheat from the chaff. A mildly mannered guy I know was ready to go Chenobyl on me one night as I questioned him on GW. He wanted a safe world for his daughters to grow up in. I have never sen such an issue where what was I thought rational people would go to pieces. Has really made me question my friends.

  43. Jannie

    I just told my wife ‘hey it snowed in Cairo’. She looked up the weather in Cairo, and the lowest temperature appears to be 4 degrees. What is the link to the snow report?

  44. Bruce

    Here’s one that I saw Jannie:

    The storm, named Alexa, extended from Turkey to Egypt, with parts of Cairo reportedly experiencing their first recorded snowfall for years. Several inches of snow fell in the Sinai Peninsual, usually an arid desert region, while authorities were forced to close the port in the coastal city of Alexandria – which saw relatively light snowfall – after a third consecutive day of bad weather and high winds.

  45. Andrew

    I have never sen such an issue where what was I thought rational people would go to pieces.

    I can beat that one – some fuckwit Whitlamist (but I repeat myself) said the WBCT was to “protest the air his grand kids will breath”!! He actually thought it was about air quality!!! I pointed out that their breathing would be impaired if CO2 rose by 80,000% and he just got the shits and ranted about “compassion”!

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