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Wed Jan 30, 2019, 03:33 PM

So far 2019 has set 33 records for heat, but none for cold (NewScientist)

https://www.newscientist.com/article/2192369-so-far-2019-has-set-33-records-for-heat-but-none-for-cold/

This seems like a pretty powerful argument against those troglodytes and venal businessmen/politicians that argue "everything is just fine".

North America is in the grip of a polar vortex, bringing freezing weather from North Dakota to Ohio. The cold snap has prompted predictably icy comments from climate change deniers. But the global picture tells a different story.

So far, no weather stations have recorded all-time cold records in 2019 – which is unprecedented at this stage of the year, according to weather records compiler Maximiliano Herrera.

In contrast, 33 stations in the southern hemisphere have recorded all-time highs. Among them were Noona in New South Wales, where the temperature at night remained above 35.9°C on 17 January – the hottest night in Australia’s history. Reunion and Christmas Island also experienced all-time hottest temperatures.

Mathematical models predict that in a stable climate, the number of hot and cold records should be equal, and new records occur less frequently over time.

In 2018, 430 stations worldwide saw all-time high temperatures and 40 saw all-time lows. Despite what many in the US are experiencing now, this ratio is as clear a sign as any that the planet is getting hotter.

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Wed Jan 30, 2019, 04:04 PM

1. K & R

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Wed Jan 30, 2019, 06:03 PM

2. The cold temperatures we are experiencing are being "robbed" from the arctic.

 

We need that cold to stay way up north. The arctic is melting, and the missing ice is lowering the overall reflectivity of the Earth, which further contributes to global warming.

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