The World Upside Down

In the southern hemisphere, four of my five weather stations caught chills in Week 38, and extreme warmth in Koltsovo and Washington helped to push the north over 2 degrees Centigrade above pre-industrial. But the hemispheres cancelled each other out – the running average global Mean Temperature remains the same as last week at 1.22ºC above pre-industrial.


Wellington is the second “warmest” station in the southern hemisphere, peaking at 2.05 ºC above pre-industrial in January, but cooling overall, just, since then. Perhaps the upturn over the last three months will continue.


The last five weeks in Wellington suggest this is unlikely.


Twelve thousand miles separate Wellington from Durham Tees but, as far as temperature goes, their experience in Week 38 was similar. The “swing” was just a bit more extreme in Wellington.

The week, globally, was most notable for wildfires. The fires in Amazonia received the most attention in the lamestream media. The Indonesian and Siberian fires have barely been acknowledged in the UK and those in Angola and the Congo seem to have been ignored completely. Go here to see the present situation world-wide. There seems to be a connection between the hottest year on record and the number of wildfires – though human greed plays a significant role in the devastation. And in the suffering of all creatures great and small.

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

Afternoon Sun by Ophelia


Ireland has taken the full force of Storm Ophelia today. Here on the east coast of England, the surprisingly gentle breeze has been pleasantly warm. But smoke from Portuguese wildfires, Saharan sand, and dust from a thousand miles to the south of here has filled Filey skies and given a very strange light.

I was in the churchyard this afternoon photographing a headstone or two and took this picture about 2.30.

As for Today’s Image – I don’t turn my camera on people very often but an opportunity such as this one… The young woman, a jogger, was a total stranger, not seen by me before or since. I told her I had taken the photograph and asked permission to post it online “if it came out”. She looked at it on the LCD screen and kindly gave her blessing.