Friday Funny – a glass half hot or half cold?

Gordon Fulks writes in about this humorous headline showing how the media catastrophises even simple things like a pleasant weekend forecast:

Hello Everyone:

Just to provide a little balance to the story about snow and cold in the Pacific Northwest that I just sent around, here is a weather story out of Britain:

Source:http://uk.news.yahoo.com/uk-hot-sahara-weekend-111451996.html

One comment rewrote this headline as:

‘Sahara to be as cold as the UK this weekend’

20 degrees C is 68 degrees F.

WOW, it is spring somewhere!  That’s good news.

Gordon J. Fulks, PhD

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This is a great post. Made me laugh. Thanks.

Rosco

Wow – as hot as 20 – 21 C.
Wonder how all the Brits who migrate to SE Qld survive as during most of summer 20 – 21 is our minimum night time temp ?
Don’t see to many out nightbathing though.

It was great (summer like) day in SW London, at least on the river between Richmond and Kingston.

Martine

It was rather springlike here in the south of england today but the temperature at the start of the day was low 10 or 11 and then rose quickly and by sunset fell away again ..we have the heating on now 8pm !…..looking forward to the shale gas!

Cam_S

Seal pups are killed either by hunters using the ice to hunt, or a lack of sea ice?
Warm weather expected to hamper Canadian seal hunt and endanger pups
http://www.straight.com/article-642926/vancouver/warm-weather-expected-hamper-canadian-seal-hunt-and-endanger-pups

Latitude

…68F….and I would be freezing my feathers off!

Peter Miller

Reminds me of the good old days when Britain had an empire, the headlines occasionally would be: “FOG IN CHANNEL, CONTINENT CUT OFF”

Kasuha

I really enjoyed this, thank you 🙂

carlbrannen

I’ve got snow on the ground in Pullman, WA, USA.

Chuckles

The Daily Mail prefers the Med and Bermuda as the benchmarks –
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2119253/UK-warm-weather-As-temperatures-21C-today-ready-beach-weekend.html
I am amused that anyone thinks that 20-21 deg C is in any way ‘summery’. Although I suppose it could be a symptom the non-existent summers we’ve had for the past several years.
Nice one Gordon.

Pablo an ex Pat

Britain has a temperate climate, you know for sure that it’s summer there when the rain becomes warmer.

Gail Combs

Truth is in the eye of the beholder

Ben

Funny stuff.
Note: Please double check your spelling of the name of PhD Commenter.
“Gordon Folks writes in about this humorous headline…”
“Gordon J. Fulks, PhD”
REPLY: Yeah, autocorrect got that when I typed it in, the other part was cut/paste and didn’t have the issue – Anthony

Kelvin Vaughan

My news paper says Britian to boil this weekend!

mikemUK

I live in southern England, and I’ve just checked my local forecast online(BBC/Met Office revised at 20.00 tonight).
Highest forecast temps – Saturday pm is 17C, Sunday and Monday is 15C.
Apparently the BBC get cooler weather forecasts than Sky now – standards must be slipping, I can’t imagine what Black will have to say about it.
(I’ve never figured out how to do degree signs!)

dougieh

the UK BBC forecasters just can’t help but plug the warming meme from the top brass.
all we (joe public) see on weather maps is the UK in isolation, very little of the bigger picture (Europe).
when there is snow in Scotland it’s rushed over, but they like to focus on heat,no rain etc.. & drought in England SE.
anybody know who pays the wages of UK weather forecasters (not just bbc) ?

Skiphil

It’s been around 20C several times here in the Philly area lately…. It’s been nice but I had not thought to go around saying “omg this is just like the scorching hot Sahara Desert”

Jimbo

Funny thing that Sahara. Just this winter snow was observed on the sand where the Star Wars movie was shot.

6 February, 2012
The snow started to fall overnight from Sunday to Monday, leaving a thin layer that was enough to transform the landscape from an arid desert to a glistening-white tundra…………….Tunisia has witnessed a cold snap since last week, in the north west of the country. Heavy snow in the northern towns of Thala and Kef left transport paralyzed due to blocked roads. In the town of Aïn Draham, in the governorate of Jendouba, snow reached 80 cm.
http://www.tunisia-live.net/2012/02/06/tataouine-the-setting-of-star-wars-covered-in-snow/

Oldseadog

Dougieh.
Wx forecasters, including BBC, are mostly paid by the Met Office, apart from the private commercial companies.

Jimbo

Algeria and Morocco also got a dusting of global warming earlier this year http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-16623355
Visible from space
http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view.php?id=73130

Joseph Bastardi

Snow may fall in the UK, especially north, before the true spring arrives. Look for a warmish summer ( plus.5C that will fade earlier than normal, then fall is liable to be quite cold. For most of europe winter 12-13 is liable to make 4 in a row with a bout of severe cold.
Global temps against the 30 year mean are at -.145. See link: (http://policlimate.com/climate/ncep_cfsr_t2m_ytd_anom.png)The next 3 months will be .2 to .25 ABOVE normal but we will continue the jagged downward trend and globally as the fall resumes later in the year,and the coldest autumn since 2000 may be shaping up with the fall of the global temp as seen here, since the shift to the cold pdo link:http://policlimate.com/climate/cfsr_t2m_2011.png Next winter will bottom out colder than this past one.

Better enjoy it while you can folks – this weekend in the UK might be our summer. If the Met Office forecasts another BBQ summer and it runs to recent form then all we can expect is rain.
On the other hand, by the law of averages, we’re due a better summer.

Gary Hladik

“UK To Be Hot Enough To BOIL WATER This Weekend!!!!!” *
* For those parts of the UK at an altitude above 25 kilometers.

That is horse droppings.
Have a look at the following, which reaches to the north African coast and works pretty well.
http://meteox.com/forecastloop.aspx?type=0&continent=europa
Now look at this and call out the hottists calling England hotter than the Sahara *and* withholding information so you can’t see. That looks like near 35C, much hotter than the all time record high for England.
http://meteox.com/forecastloop.aspx?type=0&continent=afrika
Yes it looks likely to be a pleasant weekend and rather likely next week, high pressure, blocking high yet again… and that is the big news, been repeated blocking, affecting the whole hemisphere. They should address that, do some real work.

Ian W

Of course what it _should_ have said was:
“Sahara temperatures plunge to below those in Southern Britain! CRU climatologists are forecasting a tipping point into an ice age. UK South coast ports are on standby for the flood of African refugees.”

Steve from Rockwood

It would be fun to compare the night temperatures of South England versus the Sahara. I haven’t been to the Saraha but every desert I’ve been to got pretty cold at night. I can see the headline “Catastrophic global cooling predicted (projected) as night time Saraha desert to face freezing temperatures, even in summer”.

commieBob

This reminds me of a Pravda report on a car race between the Soviets and the Americans:

“The Soviet car came in second and the American car came in second last.”

Also a high ranking German after WW2:

“I knew we were in trouble because our glorious victories kept getting closer to Berlin.”

Here in Blighty, the headline forecast for maximum temp is almost always based on central London (probably the office of the BBC’s Chairman!), which is normally 10% warmer than the surrounding areas – UHI?

@Ian W
“CRU climatologists are forecasting a tipping point into an ice age.”
I lived through the ice age drama! When I look at the climatology charts covering the last 5 million years — O BOY! — it does still look a bit scary on the cold side.
I am not a skeptic. I am a supporter of a warmer Earth!
🙂

The UK media has a long tradition of sensationalizing the weather.
The satirical magazine Private Eye, used to run parodies of this kind of reporting under the headline,
Phew, What A Scorcher

Latitude

Joseph Bastardi says:
March 23, 2012 at 3:19 pm
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Joe, thanks for those links
….I see your name got bondoogled too

dearieme

Never mind, there’s always a snow fall after the cricket season starts.

Elftone

Rosco says:
March 23, 2012 at 2:05 pm
Wow – as hot as 20 – 21 C.
Wonder how all the Brits who migrate to SE Qld survive as during most of summer 20 – 21 is our minimum night time temp ?

I emigrated in October 1979 to SE Qld. Within two weeks I had sunstroke, and then had to endure weeks of 45C daytime temperatures. So the answer is, “just barely”.

William Astley

20C sound like paradise. -3C here. Low of -8C over night with snow.

Those ‘pommy’ journos are wimps. In tropical Oz, we are over 1C below average, above average rain for March and still not once down to as low as 21C… such heavenly weather.

Marian

“Rosco says:
March 23, 2012 at 2:05 pm
Wow – as hot as 20 – 21 C.
Wonder how all the Brits who migrate to SE Qld survive as during most of summer 20 – 21 is our minimum night time temp ?
Don’t see to many out nightbathing though.”
LOL.
It’s the new definition of warm by the MSM/LSM. AGW/CC re-inventing the wheel stuff. They think the average Joe is stupid and won’t know the difference.
Even temps in an average range are classed as ‘sizzling’. We had some of this crap here over our NZ summer 23-25C was classed as ‘sizzling’

The old Seadog.

The UK Met office forecast does not agree with that – see
http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/weather/uk/uk_forecast_temp.html
“Ne’er cast a clout, ’til May be out!” Olde English saying….Never take winter clothing off until May.

Cam_S says:
March 23, 2012 at 2:13 pm
Seal pups are killed either by hunters using the ice to hunt, or a lack of sea ice?
Warm weather expected to hamper Canadian seal hunt and endanger pups
http://www.straight.com/article-642926/vancouver/warm-weather-expected-hamper-canadian-seal-hunt-and-endanger-pups
———–
They use a bit of a trick in that article, as they mention the ice conditions of the previous 2 years and seem to mislead the reader into believing the ice conditions are the same now. The ice extent, as can be seen on WUWTs sea ice page, appears to be well above normal in that area.

Roger Wehage

Here in the midwest these last few days we’ve had temperatures 20-30 °F hotter than Death Valley. I do believe that several days in a row of 80+ °F in the middle of March will set an all-time record for central Illinois.

Geoff Sherrington

Kelvin Vaughan says: March 23, 2012 at 2:46 pm My news paper says Britian to boil this weekend!
My newspaper says Scotland to boil some haggis this weekend.

Jeff in Calgary

20-21C. Not sure about you, but even up here in Canada, that is not quite what “Sun Worshipers” are looking for…

mikemUK says:
March 23, 2012 at 2:47 pm
> (I’ve never figured out how to do degree signs!)
See the bottom part of
http://home.comcast.net/~ewerme/wuwt/index.html (see link up above on the right-side nav bar)
Use ° to get °, e.g. “Monday is 15°C”
I hope I have that right, I needed to say ° in the editor. It’s “amp;”s all the way down to the turtles.

Dave

To be fair, this isn’t global warming related nonsense – it’s standard UK journalistic fare every time we get a spell of warm weather to compare us to somewhere known for its heat which is currently cooler than here.

Gail Combs

Well it is 22.8 deg C (73F) here (central NC) with the surrounding areas a bit higher. The average for the day is 18.3 °C (65 °F) The record high is 28.3 degrees Celsius (83 °F) (2007)
I have notice for the last couple of years the increased loopyness of the Jet Streams since it has had a profound effect on the weather in my area. http://classic.wunderground.com/US/Region/US/2xpxJetStream.html
Also we have a very “Hot” SST off the coast right now. http://weather.unisys.com/surface/sst_anom.gif

SteveSadlov

The West Coast of the US is in for another major round of Winter. It is not unthinkable that last year’s “Spring” pattern (e.g. ongoing Winter until May, ongoing Early Spring until the Solstice) may repeat.

Pamela Gray

I think I have this down.
I predict that it will get darker in about 3 hours. Since this proves I am good at scenarios and predictions, I am pretty sure that tomorrow will be warmer than it was in January. Sssssssooooooooo… Global warming.
OMG I should be writing Mann’s research papers for him, let alone UK news science articles.

Brian H

mikemUK says:
March 23, 2012 at 2:47 pm

(I’ve never figured out how to do degree signs!)
_______
Ric Werme says:
March 23, 2012 at 5:21 pm

Use ° to get °, e.g. “Monday is 15°C”
I hope I have that right, I needed to say ° in the editor. It’s “amp;”s all the way down to the turtles.


MUCH
easier:
Hold the Alt key and enter 248 on the number keypad: °
Lots of other good stuff available that way. Alt-26 → Alt-295 ↔ Alt-1 ☺ Alt-2 ☻ Alt-171 ½ Alt-172 ¼ Alt-155 ¢ Alt-156 £
Those are just some of the ones I’ve memorized.

Noelene

° → ‘ ☺ ☻
Thanks Brian H.

DDP

I really hate the pointless comparisons with other random locations, half the time it’s complete BS. A couple of weeks back the Daily Mail were claiming that the UK (in other words, London and the SE) would be warmer than Greece despite the fact Athens was predicted to be exactly the same temperature. I get the feeling they use a temperature exchange system to give a slightly better rate just like the Euro.
If they are not making it up they are cherry picking. During winter 2010 when we had below average temps the media here claimed it was colder than Alaska, which it was. In some parts in the south of the state. Northern Alaska however was completely different.