Anyone for Tennis?

BBC Radio Five Live woke me this morning with news that “heat issues” in New York City had forced the retirement of five male competitors in the US Open. The chaps considered conditions were “dangerous”, with the on-court temperature at 38ºC, and 50% humidity.  Tournament organizers implemented an extreme heat policy in men’s matches for the first time. I wonder what conditions will be like next year.

CNN comes in for much criticism and ridicule for the propaganda it serves up in its “News” broadcasts, but this afternoon I happened upon a report by Clarissa Ward from the most rapidly warming part of the world – the Arctic – and I can’t find a single degree of fault with it.

IdlibProvSyriaA warning of a different kind has been put out by the Russian military – of a possible chemical weapon attack on civilians in Idlib province. “Rebel” shipments of chlorine have been tracked to the small town of Jisr al-Shughur (inset)  and on to a village nearby. Waiting there for their fifteen minutes of dubious fame are Assad-hating Syrians who will play dead for White Helmeted videographers. Their performance will be all over social media in no time. The Syrian government will be blamed for killing its own citizens and the Axis of Evil, all too predictably, will launch Tomahawk missiles into Damascus. Time to be ashamed of being British again.

The Russian Federation did not respond to the April false flag attack in Douma. But very soon the Eastern Mediterranean will be hosting fleets of armed-to-the-teeth vessels from both sides. What could possibly go wrong?

I’m not sure my countrymen and women are concerned that they are not being informed about another upcoming conflict sparked by lies. They are just happy that Strictly Come Dancing and The Great British Bake Off are back on their TV screens.  Christmas can’t be far away.

Looking Up


The morning sky above the bay this morning was a picture. (This photo was taken about 20 minutes after Today’s Image of the willowherb.) Impossible to say how natural the clouds were but after recent posts by Dane Wigington I had to wonder if the hand of man had messed with them.

Stranger things might happen. Dane may find himself Time magazine’s Man of the Year sometime fairly soon. But only if millions of citizens hear his message and successfully rise up against the madness of geoengineering.

Climate Engineering  Wildfires to Temporarily Cool Earth

Geoengineering Watch Global Alert News #159

Beware Fake Temperatures

Kevin at Black Bear News yesterday mentioned a climate comment he’d read that “weather stations are not reporting the correct temperatures in Canada”. He had noticed the same duplicity in California and I recall Robin Westenra some weeks ago reporting daily high temperatures in Wellington/Lower Hutt being suspiciously low on MSM weather websites.

This may be no more than panicky “authorities” not wanting the citizenry to become alarmed but such is the amount of heat in the earth’s atmosphere this year that their fake highs are sometimes 5ºC or more below “true”.

I have noticed recently that there are fewer “hoax” and “scam” comments now on global warming articles and reports online. “We are entering a New Ice Age.” Wouldn’t that be nice? Humanity could survive one of those. More heat is problematic.

The average high temperature in Whitby in 1962 (at the Coastguard Station) was 11.12ºC. Below is a graph of the variation from that figure, from 1963 to 2016. The last three years are from a proxy weather station in the town and there are some missing months in several years of the coastguard returns.


Don’t be too alarmed that the increase in fifty years or so in Whitby is over the magic 2ºC that the world mustn’t warm since “pre-industrial” if humanity is to continue fouling its nest. The winter of 1962/63 in the UK was brutal, so the graph is starting at a particularly low base. The trend is clear, nonetheless, and the pattern will be familiar if you have seen graphs produced by NOAA and other presumably reliable organizations. (It is interesting that the very hot summer of 1976 in the UK made little impact on the annual average.)


Source: NOAA

There have been a number of challenging climate articles and papers published online recently. If you are of a nervous disposition give them a pass.

Dahr Jamail, Sixth Mass Extinction Ushers In Record-Breaking Wildfires and Heat

Chris Hedges, Saying Goodbye to Planet Earth

Professor Jem Bendell, Deep Adaptation: A Map for Navigating Climate Tragedy (pdf)

Will Steffen et al, Trajectories of the Earth System in the Anthropocene (pdf)

Feeling the Heat

Radio 5 Live’s Breakfast News majored on The Great Distraction this morning – the Premier League season kicks off this evening – but earlier this week I was shocked to hear Climate Change mentioned. What? Hothouse Earth, 200 feet of sea-level rise, some parts of the globe uninhabitable? Auntie rarely touches this subject and I wondered if these predictions were Project Fear offerings,

But no, it was just a 20-second piece triggered by a new scientific paper released by Stockholm Resilience. (A PDF can be freely downloaded.)

It took about 70 years for a Frenchman, an Irishman, and a Swede to explain that it would be no joke to pump unnatural amounts of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Joseph FOURIER “discovered” the greenhouse effect in 1824, John TYNDALL carried out experiments beginning in 1858 and Svante Arrhenius supplied quantitative data in 1896.

The path to Hell on Earth is clear now. It just requires humankind to do a collective about turn. Homo sapiens appears, though, to have a death wish.

1850_TYNDALLjohn2_PnkPDJohn TYNDALL looks rather slight in this portrait, made about 1853 by an unknown photographer (and in the public domain). He was, however, a strong, adventurous young man, known as much for mountaineering exploits as his scientific achievements. He didn’t marry until he was 55 years old. His wife, Louisa Charlotte HAMILTON was just thirty but the couple doesn’t appear to have produced children. John endured ill health as he entered his seventies and in early December 1893, Louisa made a mistake when giving him his night-time medication. He remarked upon the sweet taste of the sulfate of magnesia he was expecting and Louisa realized she had instead given him chloral. When she told him he said, “My poor darling, you have killed your John.” At the inquest, a verdict of accidental death was recorded and much sympathy afforded to Louisa.

John died at Hindhead House in Surrey and there is a photograph of his grave in the Francis Frith Collection. His name and achievements are more grandly represented in The Tyndall Centre in Manchester where, among the many scientists and engineers investigating climate change and global warming there are two of my favorite “explainers”, Kevin ANDERSON and Alice BOWS-LARKIN.

John Tyndall came from a humble background and this is reflected in the brevity of his male line on FamilySearch Tree. (One source claims a connection to William TYNDALE of Bible fame.) Louisa was from “the upper crust” and amongst her noble forebears, you will see a  number of the BOWES family going back to William (1389-1465).

Wet and Dry

Beneath its report on the Lady Shirley tragedy, the Hull Daily Mail noted in 1948 that it had been the wettest June for many years in Bridlington. With one day to go, 3.83 inches of rain had fallen on the town. This year one of the Weather Underground personal weather stations in Brid has reported just 0.4 of an inch for the month. It has been almost twice as wet in Filey (0.78 inches).

We are told that the reservoirs are still quite full after the wet winter but companies are struggling to treat enough water to meet increased heatwave demands. Hosepipe bans may be necessary – and there could be a shortage of lettuces. So, not much to see here.

Dahr Jamail has a wider perspective. (Thanks to seemorerocks.)

Pine Wilt?

I’m not very observant, and rubbish at identifying trees, but on my morning walk today I noticed some pines that looked rather sick.



Location: the plantation next to the Parish Wood, Filey.

I did some searching online and learned a little about the pine wilt nematode, Bursaphelenchus xylophilus, and its transporter, the Pine Sawyer Beetle, Monochamus sutor.

If the trees pictured above are Scots pine and Norway spruce, the “deadly messenger” has arrived in Yorkshire. Of course, I may be scaremongering. The advice for trees suspected of suffering from pine wilt is “if it’s brown, burn it down”. These specimens are next to a Nature Reserve so plenty of people with more knowledge than I possess have not raised the alarm.

Death comes quickly to trees attacked by the pine wilt nematode – from a few weeks to a year – so I hope these are suffering from something less serious. If it is pine wilt, though, it could be an indication that Britain is warming, however ludicrous that may seem this year.