Stoking The Fires

Well, now… here’s one that would have made Josef Goebbels proud.

How do you convince people that this summer is hotter than an earlier one — thus supporting your argument to the masses that the climate is heating up?  They’ve tried dodgy forecasts, which have the annoying tendency not to come true, and all sorts of other little schemes to make you think we’re ALL GONNA DIEEEEEE!

But what of you just manipulate the mood of the reader?

What the hell do you mean, Kim?  This:

Read the rest of it, do.


  1. Yes, it always amuses me when the TV weather bimbo’s try to make a point about record breaking temperatures ( either too hot or too cold ) then they show a graphic clearly showing that the last time this happened was some 100+ years ago. The fact ( useing thier own data ) that it was close to the same temperature 100 years ago, when the instruments were not as good seems to be completely lost on them.

  2. Yeah, I remember reading the IPCC summaries around 2001 and they did the same thing with their maps… pretty much stopped believing their garbage at that point…. Good to know that they still can’t come up with any original ideas.

  3. Isn’t it amazing how many of our “independent minds in media” are just reliable spewers of the propaganda of the moment.

  4. Although the 2022 map is gates of hell red, the average temperature in 2022 is almost 2° C. cooler than the 2012 map average temps. And we won’t even confuse the poor TV bunnies by mentioning sample size and statistical significance.
    Still interesting though.
    “… when you can measure what you are speaking about, and express it in numbers, you know something about it; but when you cannot measure it, when you cannot express it in numbers, your knowledge is of a meagre and unsatisfactory kind; it may be the beginning of knowledge, but you have scarcely, in your thoughts, advanced to the stage of science, whatever the matter may be.”
    William Thomson, Lord Kelvin

  5. “You have heretofore read public sentiment in your newspapers, that live by falsehood and excitement; and the quicker you seek for truth in other quarters, the better. ” William T. Sherman, letter to the Atlanta Mayor, 1864.

    So you see, this sort of thing has been going on in the media for a very long time.

    The terms “heat index” and “wind chill factor” though they are both based on mathematical formula using temperature, humidity and wind speed, are both overwhelmingly used by the media to make things sound worse than they are. Have you ever heard of the term “wind chill factor” used in the summer, or the term “heat index” used in the winter?

    The color change you have pointed out is just more of the same.

    1. My favorite is the “feels like” temperature. I live on the Gulf Coast of Florida, where summertime temperatures usually top out around 93 or so. Of course, the weather report always reminds us that it may be 93, but it “feels like” 106. Rubbish. If it was 106 and had the same relative humidity, it would “feel” much warmer. Since the relative humidity on the Gulf Coast of Florida in the summer is usually around 90% and the afternoon high temperature is usually around 93 degrees, then 93 degrees actually feels like 93 degrees – on the Gulf Coast of Florida in the summer!

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