More Scared Climate Scientists Share Their "Feelings"

Dr Sarah Perkins-Kirkpatrick

Dr Sarah Perkins-Kirkpatrick sharing her feelings at a protest. Source Flickr, author Takver, Creative Commons Attribution License, modified – original image cropped

Guest essay by Eric Worrall

What do you do when your feeble climate evidence fails to convince?

Climate scientists reveal their fears for the future

Cradling her newborn baby girl, heatwave expert Sarah Perkins Kirkpatrick admits to feeling torn between the joy of motherhood and anxiety over her first-born child’s future.

I always wanted a big family and I’m thrilled. But my happiness is altered by what I know is coming with climate change,” she said.

“I don’t like to scare people but the future’s not looking very good.

“Having a baby makes it personal. Will this child suffer heatstroke just walking to school?”

‘I wouldn’t want to live in Brisbane or further north’

How hot could it get?

All of Australia is vulnerable to climate change but Dr Perkins Kirkpatrick said as the decades progress, some regions will be better off than others in terms of heatwaves.

“We’ve already seen changes in heatwaves, particularly their frequency, and these heatwaves are only going to get worse, particularly in the tropics, where the number of heatwave days will be much greater than now,” she said.

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There are plenty of reasons to live North of Brisbane, such as the balmy 73F winter day I’m currently enjoying.

Up here on the edge of the tropics, we have discovered a simple solution to heatwaves, a solution which obviously hasn’t filtered down to our cousins in more temperate regions.

Our solution to heatwaves – stay indoors, crank up the air conditioning. Or wear a hat and drink lots of water, if you have to be outside.

240 thoughts on “More Scared Climate Scientists Share Their "Feelings"

  1. So sad,.. delusions for life will infect the newborn. Regardless of the argument,… raising a new sprout on negativity, misandry and perspective of misery might be considered ‘child abuse’ in some corner. Hope they brighten-up and learn to be more positive and constructive in their lives. Karma {way of thinking founded on hubris of control} is the path to 181,00 rebirths of suffering and misery. Seek enlightenment! Forget the nonsense,..

    • Who lets their kid “walk to school” any more? Most places, you get busted for “risk of injury to a minor” if they’re out of your sight until they’re 26 years old . . . /sarc!

    • Sparky, very good points.
      I wonder if this woman is fit to raise a child. The poor child could be exposed to such irrational thinking on global warming and who knows what else. Are the college professors pumping such nonsense into their students. Hopefully some will take your advice as they grow up. Hopefully she is just acting to get attention since that seems to be popular today with the anti Trump folks.

      • Is it too much to hope that she does no more breeding?
        As the judge said to the dentist, “Take the tooth, the whole tooth and nothing but the tooth>”

    • The climate “scientists” should worry about employability after being involved in the greatest academic fraud of the 20th century, spilled for almost a generation into the 21st century.

    • I watched parts of this sideshow alley bit on ABC’s Lateline program and was just appalled at the antics of these so called scientists. That sort of narcissistic grandstanding says all you need to know about the substance of their science…there is none imo.
      As for the snivelling & sobbing 0f Dr Hyphenated-Name with lots of makeup, it was the trigger for me to switch off and hit the sack for a good night’s sleep, safe in the knowledge that climate scientists are truly just a silly joke.

      • Going on about her fears for her baby girl in the future, Dr Hyphenated-Name struck me not so much as a bit of a ‘helicopter parent’ ( that is so 20th century anyway) but rather as the latest iteration, the ‘drone parent’.
        The poor kid. The poor, poor kid. Parents who think they are saving the world and their kids but have really just developed anew form of child neglect if not abuse.

    • So why did she have a baby if it is only going to contribute to CAGW ??
      What people say they “feel” and what they do, in response to other feelings, are two different things.
      What someone “feels” and 0.92 cents will get you a senior coffee at McDonalds.

    • Obviously on paid parental leave from some university/government dept. Now worried about funding of her department (its that time of the year again) so makes utterance about child’s future to get fellow travelers worried that without windmills and panels there is no future. Not worried about aircon because there will be not enough power to run same from windmill.
      I know several mothers like this. What they are really worried about is their future in a world that no longer needs them. Pushing an idea without any result is now unraveling. Big government is running out of money.

    • I think we’ve missed the big picture thingy here:
      I feel very fortunate to have seen this between the lines of this anguished young woman’s concerns for her (only) child, apparently an undernourished vegan, who will have to walk at least 5 miles to/from school (uphill both ways), without a proper hat. Oh, the humanity!

      • The mad fools!
        Apparently they actually take this garbage seriously, and aren’t just in it for the money, career enhancement and virtue signalling.
        Never underestimate the intense stupidity of educated idiots.

      • Gabro, look at the bright side… She may end up deciding not to have any more kids, thus saving the gene pool! (i would add, too, that maybe her child will die of heat stroke walking to school, but i’m not that mean… ☺)

      • “I always wanted a big family and I’m thrilled.

        As usual these hypocrites think other should do all the save the planet stuff and they can go on with their lives as long as they pay lip service.
        If you look at all the shit in the world right now, climate change is 100y time is the least of the problems her newly born will have to face.

      • Gabro,
        “Apparently they actually take this garbage seriously, and aren’t just in it for the money, career enhancement and virtue signalling.”
        Perhaps . . but it’s all a big IF they are speaking of . . beware false prophets, eh ; )

    • there is a type of lonely person who enjoys confession and joins various 12 step programs for the drama and camaraderie.
      she just must have got herself kicked out by the drunks…

    • These people are like dolphins. When trapped in a trawler’s net, although they are intelligent, it never occurs to the dolphin to simply jump up, over and out of the net, an ability that they demonstrably have. Like the dolphins, it never seems to occur to climate scientists that man is an adaptive species. Many of our ancestors came out of Africa to populate the cold, harsh northern regions of Europe. We are the consummate adapters. We developed ways to keep warm while our bodies gradually adapted to the cold. I’m pretty sure we can go in the opposite direction just as easily.
      So I would say to the good Doctor, don’t worry, be happy! Buy a nice window A/C, down a pint and enjoy yourself! Our descendants will probably be just as adaptive as our ancestors (and we) are.
      By the way. Dr Perkins-Fitzpatrick is very concerned about the future, but in the end, she did have a baby, so I would go with what she does, not what she says.

      • To be fair dolphins most likely don’t see the net coming until too late. Picture driving down a road in light fog at night, with a dark wall *moving* towards you at the same time…

      • Yes! The whole climate crisis meme ignores the dynamic adaptability of life and humanity. This is like sitting on the sofa fretting about starvation, while ignoring the fact that you have legs and could walk into the kitchen and get something to eat! Once you realize that you can actually do something to relieve your hunger (go get food), the whole idea of worrying about starving to death becomes pretty crazy.

      • Reminded me of lines from an old-school Chicago (the band) song,
        “I haven’t been there lately. [the city]
        The country is so fine.
        People there don’t act hungry,
        ’cause they haven’t got the time.”

      • Actually I think most of our ancestors came out of Africa and headed east. Then people from the East came back and tried to make a go of it in those cold northern places.

  2. No children ever born in the 300,000 year history of H. sapiens has ever faced fewer challenges than those lucky enough to enter the world in this century.

    • Remember: your warranty expires at 25 years as the “young sprouts” take you “out”.

      • We may have extended the human warranty, thanks to the scientific revolution since AD 1543, but in many fields of science and math, you’re right. Your best work will be done in your 20s.
        But the world couldn’t function with only people under 30.
        Somehow the Founding Fathers knew, without benefit of brain, skeletal and psycho-socio research, that humans aren’t fully mature until age 35.

      • best work starts around 20’s but ends when you end up actually getting laid regularly.
        quit on a win, i guess….

      • As I’ll be turning 35 this year, ’tis good to know my maturity is complete. And I’ll be able to say, “I’m not old. I’m presidential!”
        (So far my requests for campaign contributions have all been met with blank stares. :] )

      • I manage ships.
        One oil major said, quite openly, your senior officers need experience.
        They need to have seen – experienced – problems. Trouble, if you like.
        Dealing with the sea – entirely right.
        Also exposure to “make do and mend” stories from older seafarers.
        How I gained most of my respect for the sea, until I had a green wave break over my bridge – about 75-85 feet above the water [23-26 metres]. Three wave trains from different directions, and we fell into the ‘hole’ ahead of the wall of water.
        If in trouble, they may not be specifically analog – but might give guidance to how a solution [temporary/until something better is devised/enough to get you to a safe port] is derived.
        Do our young people appreciate this hierarchy?

    • I would challenge that only slightly – because of antibiotic resistance.
      We have perhaps 20-30 years to solve that problem, or we will go backwards healthwise.

      • Reading about the growth in numbers of the “anti-vaxxers”, maybe the human species is ALREADY going backwards!

      • You know how anti-bacterial cleaners always say they kill “99.9%” of germs? I’d say it’s the 0.1% they DON’T kill that you need to worry about.
        Perhaps in 20-30 years we’ll be pioneering stuff like nanobodies–microscopic robots that can kill harmful bacteria at the cellular level–and won’t be using so many antibiotics.

      • The “antibiotic crisis” is mostly an economical one. Regulation and litigation have driven the cost of drug development so high that pharmaceutical companies have little incentive to come up with new antibiotics. Consider that a course of treatment typically lasts some two weeks – after which the patient is either cured or dead (or switched to another drug because the first one failed). The drug companies find it far more attractive to develop drugs that people will take for the rest of their lives – whether those drugs will solve an unsolved problem or not. Antibiotic research in industry continues to decline even now.
        Scientifically, selectively killing bacteria remains a much simpler problem than selectively killing tumor cells, not to mention pipe dreams such as “curing Alzheimer’s”. There are many promising early-stage lead compounds, but again, getting anyone to sponsor the costly and risky clinical trials is the problem.

    • Well they never had to try texting while driving, without walking off a cliff or on to a railroad track in front of the train.
      I believe that Charles Darwin wrote a book about texting while driving.

  3. There WILL come a day when (real) scientists rely on hard data that has been verified, validated, and cross-validated.
    I’m “feeling” we may have to wait a bit for that to happen!!!

  4. Oh, how amusing. New born, right. Lady, I know from experience, while you might not know it, your worries about heat waves are leaving your world at escape velocity and your priorities are about to change big time.

    • Sleep and caca disposal are about to surge to the forefront. But, then, she should be well versed in CACA.

    • It’s called ‘baby brain’ and it lasts for up to 10 years. After 10 years they then become entitled to tell everyone what to do. The excuse is that the ‘mother gene’ kicks in.

  5. But is Australia even getting significantly warmer? Perkins-Kilpatrick looks no more than thirty something, so if Oz is anything like the US, there probably has not been real warming during her lifetime.

      • nb.. I just looked up the up to date chart. trend in 20 years is now 0.0019Cº/yr, down from 0.0022Cº/yr
        PANIC TIME !!!!!

      • AndyG55, now look at what you have done. You have gone all sciency on us and the poor (new) mother was talking about feelings. For instance, when I say “I feel it is time for a beer”, there is no need for science to get involved.

      • @ron-
        It’s definitely time for a beer! As soon as it warms up here in Canada, anyway.

    • Ah, but it’s all definitely going to happen, Tom. Definitely. Absolutely definitely.
      And when it does it’ll be terrible. Definitely terrible. And unbearable. Absolutely unbearable.
      Believe it.

    • My father would tell me stories of the area around Balarat, how hot it would be in the late 20s and early 30s, the fires that ran through the Eucalyptus groves, jumping over roads, the fire breaks they had to build, the way they built houses with thick walls, etc. He maintained that the decades after the war were no where near as hot as the 30s Irrespective or whether it is actually hotter or not, they persisted and lived through it without air conditioning (just a lot of beer it seems).

  6. This shows just how easy it is to obtain a Doctorate nowadays. Such a simpleton cannot understand even the most well-known facts about CO2, as taught to most teenagers at school!

    • Have a look at ‘The Carbon Cycle’ for school children. If you search for just that I was directed to a site that started out as normal but ended with a diatribe about the ‘pollutant CO2’ and how much warming it was causing. Everything has been tampered with.

    • I just had lunch at a restaurant that had a big CO2 warning sign on a door leading to the kitchen. The sign said you could get asphyxiated if you went through that door, without paying attention to the high CO2 concentration in there.
      No ! I am not making this up.

  7. I am not an academic (retired CFO), so I can’t make heads or tails out of Dr Perkins-Kirkpatrick’s education ( Her BS,MS and PhD were all in “Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology”, which kinda sounds “science-y”, but there is nothing obvious in her work that looks like real hard-core physics (and all the rigor that implies), although she did win the “Tall Poppy” award(?).
    Can someone decode her educational background to tell me if she’s an atmospheric physicist or a political scientist disguising herself as a physicist?

    • Her PhD evaluated models. No doubt she found that they underestimated the dread horror of what is to come.

      • How does one evaluate a model. They change so often it is hard to judge. They don’t seem to care who is around, while they are changing. I guess they just get used to changing.

    • Her BS,MS and PhD… We all know what BS is, therefore MS must be more of the same and PhD means it’s piled higher and deeper.

      • A Ph. D. is someone who has learned more and more about less and less, until they finally know everything there is to know about absolutely nothing at all.

      • Well in many cases they are also the world’s leading expert on the subject of their PhD.
        In severe cases they are actually the only person who ever had any interest at all in the subject of their thesis. That can mean absolutely nobody will ever pay them for what they know.

    • Her qualifications and experience shouldn’t be the point of contention. What is more pertinent is why people take science at its word.
      It’s the lack of education about the differences between raw science and verified actionable data that’s the problem. It’s a very bitter pill to swallow for some when you realise how hard it is to get reliable measurements.
      If someone is paying you in suitcases of cash you’re most likely going to swim in it at some point.

      • mickyhcorbett75
        No. Absolutely wrong.
        Most (95%+) citizens do not have the education to understand and self-diagnose complex scientific claims – respect is easily given to ethical & properly the educated specialists (like the cardiovascular surgeon who gave me a new heart valve).
        Charlatans deliberately cloak themselves in “science-y” degrees exactly so unsophisticated readers do not question them. My question is legitimate: exactly what the hell is the “virtue signaling”, fertile young woman educated in?
        The answers, so far, is “who the hell knows”.

        • Javert
          I think we are agreeing on the same thing. It doesn’t matter what she is educated in, what matters is the quality of the output of her work. If the work is repeatible and verifiable then that’s good. If it’s just speculative science, that’s also good for the field but not for taking action.
          The public needs to be educated on the difference. Sadly they believe peer review means things are correct.

    • Javert Chip June 27, 2017 at 9:25 pm

      Can someone decode her educational background to tell me if she’s an atmospheric physicist or a political scientist disguising herself as a physicist?

      No decoding necessary because she is neither an atmospheric physicist or a political scientist.
      Her claim-to-fame expertise is that of being a ……. heatwave expert, ….. whatever that is I wouldn’t have a clue. To wit:
      Excerpted from above quoted commentary:
      Cradling her newborn baby girl, heatwave expert Sarah Perkins Kirkpatrick admits to …

      • Yes, a heat wave expert foresees more and more heat waves in the future.

    • She could always move to Canada. We know what to do when it gets hot. Take your clothes off and go to the beach!

  8. Most of the electricity generated for your air conditioner is from coal. What about poor people (e.g. post-grads) who can’t afford an air conditioner?

      • Our local public library has good air conditioning, good quality Wi-Fi, and even a small interior food court. If you could sleep inside or out in your car without the police sending you on your way for loitering, you could literally live there.

  9. Anything to get your name in the press, I suppose.
    This reminds me of a family that went on a hiking expedition in the summer around Alice Springs (in the dead centre of Australia) about 40 years ago. They had a newborn baby (about 1 week old) with them. It coped with the heat fine. The only time it complained about the temperature was when it’s mother took it into an airconditioned chemist; it started crying and would only stop when they took it outside again.
    So you can see just how ignorant this specious article makes this woman look. A friend should tell her not to have any more children, in the interests of increasing the average intelligence of humankind.

  10. Didn’t WUWT mull over a similar “virtue signaling” situation (young scientist mother agonizing over her new child’s future in a hellishly hot world) about 6 months ago?

  11. So… we see ANOTHER true believer hypocrite. Scared of AGW but hey, WTH, “I’ll have a baby anyway and then use it to tell the world how scared I am to bring a baby into the world.”
    Do ANY of these lefty lot live up to their beliefs? They all demand that we non-believers must but I’ve yet to see any of them act ethically.
    Although, maybe there ARE some and they’ve given up computers? 😀

    • Just being leftist is to embrace hypocrisy. “Do as I say. Not as I do.” another one… “Socialism is for the people, not for the Socialist.” The Liberal Mind has a multitude of psychological disorders as Lyle H Rossiter Jr. MD. in his book “The Liberal Mind, The Psychological Causes of Political Madness” explains.

      • I think the root of their mania is over-abstraction — thinking that ideas are more important than people. It makes a lot of their rank hypocrisies make more sense.
        The Conservative Mind generally believes the opposite, that people are more important than ideas.

  12. I never heard scientists expressing how they felt about Ebola, typhoid, cancer or any of the other real, immediate and widespread threats to human life. That they now feel the need to do so about climate change signals a daftness that does their credibility no good at all.

  13. Had to look up the author of the photo – to be sure that this wasn’t a “conveniently selected” one. Nope, by the guy’s politics, he probably used the best shot he had.
    So this woman always looks like she’s drugged to the gills? I’ve only seen those eyes on people just about to tank from too much Prozac.

    • I was told that eyes whose pupils float upwards and are half-mast under the upper eyelids indicate a predilection for the occult.

      • Or still hasn’t completely come off whatever pain killers they administered during labor.

      • “I Came I Saw I Left June 28, 2017 at 5:19 am
        That look… she’s been smoking too much hopium.”

        Can’t be, she’d be hopeful then.
        Must be the other stuff, despairium downers with hot flashes.

  14. Get an air conditioner, and when there is a brown/black out, have an ice box ready to help out. Or move north (I mean south in that upside-down world of OZ)… Maybe to NZ…

  15. Australia had very little air conditioning when I grew up, in the fifties and sixties. I certainly remember the heat waves during those times. No wonder Clint Eastwood calls Little Miss climate scientist and her mates, the Pussy Generation. Now it makes you think, how did those pioneer women cope during the western expansion of the USA? They certainly didn’t curl up and die. Unlike this brainless twit.

    • My great-great-grandmother crossed the cholera-infested plains and mountains on the Oregon Trail in 1852 at the age of 18, while pregnant. When writing her memoirs in 1905, she recommended that all young couples should have to traverse the continent in an ox cart, since there would then be so much less divorce. Any want of enterprise, ambition or resilience in the spouse would soon become evident.
      Today’s coddled academics are indeed the pussies to end all pussies. Their cluelessness is vast as all outdoors, indeed of the universe.

      • Love your story, Gabro. Wish my great grandparents had written their memoirs. What I know about my ancestors is through my dear mum. Interestingly, she was born in May, 1910, when there was global panic and predictions that life on Earth would be extinguished by Halley’s Comet.

      • I’ll second you on that. I just educated some youngsters on another site. I’m an Arizona native, born to parents from Arkansas and Mississippi. Dad worked in the heat of the day wearing cotton long johns under long sleeved tight knit shirts and cotton pants of light colors and straw hats. While my siblings and I wore tee shirts and shorts and labored under the heat complaining. As a teenager I learned why dad was smart, for someone that went to the 4th grade six years in a row. The way he dressed kept him cool like a evaporator cooler and protected him from the Sun. Where we got Sun Burned and blistered being exposed to the Sun. My younger co-workers last week in the 115 – 119 F were suffering wearing dark clothes of mixed synthetics and short sleeves, as I dressed like dad did and a wide brimmed straw hat kept cool. They would go running to the AC set at 60 F and drink ice cold water, then return to the heatwave and get blasted again. I just found a shady area and drank cool water. And like my parents did, I live in comfort in the 80 to 90 F house with an evaporator cooler in summer. By living like this, I don’t shock my body going from one extreme to another. Where my younger co-workers cannot handle being outside very long.

      • What’s sad is that they don’t realize what is responsible for allowing them the privileged life they now live: hydrocarbons.

      • Drinking ice cold water can actually make you feel warmer, because the capillaries will shrink in response as it goes through your system, restricting circulation. Kind of like squeezing the water lines in a radiator. Tepid water is best for drinking in hot weather.

  16. Taking a new-born into a room full of people? Why? Part of an appeal-to-pity argument? Or mere virtue signalling?

  17. This is part of what Jung called “psychic epidemics:”
    “I am convinced that exploration of the psyche is the science of the future… This is the science we need most of all, for it is gradually becoming more and more obvious that neither famine nor earthquakes nor microbes nor carcinoma, but man himself is the greatest peril to man, just because there is no adequate defense against psychic epidemics, which cause infinitely more devastation than the greatest natural catastrophes. – (Jung 1944)

  18. Yes, I saw this on the ABC website yesterday and just about threw the monitor out in disgust. I cannot believe the utter tripe the ABC are serving up. Total, utter rubbish – even moreso recently. Your air conditioner broke down and now you’re terrified of a heatwave? It’s embarrassing. Also, many people live North of Brisbane and they all do pretty well. The main reason there aren’t more people up there is because there is not a lot of water, but that’s about all. Yes, its hot and humid BUT IT HAS ALWAYS BEEN HOT AND HUMID. F^&* me, people are becoming softer and softer and retarded. What a closeted and moronic generation. #unaustralian

  19. Just about to move to Brisbane.
    Can’t wait and thanks for the tip.
    I’ll pet a Koala and a Roo for you….

  20. I was born in 1950 in the Netherlands. The cold war was just starting. It must have been deeply worrying. I asked my parents about it. It wasn’t even a consideration.
    My advice to the lady: grow some bsckbone, the future’s bright.

    • Well, basically, there was nothing they could do about nukes, so they put their efforts into things they could control. Others imagined they could do something and spent their time protesting, and so forth, all to no avail. Just like now.

  21. Will this child suffer heatstroke just walking to school?
    You’d make your child walk to school on a day so hot that heatstroke is likely? What kind of mother are you Sarah?

  22. Did anyone consider that her brain was ALREADY affected by heat? Maybe she was outside without a hat…

  23. Could someone enlighten me if my memory has not served me well on the following points.
    ! I recently saw a map on WUWT which (I believe starts from the late 80’s) which showed that the US Summertime high temperature has mostly declined. This was a color map of the US Mainland, Australia might be different.
    2. As I recall from another map map of the globe, most of the warming has happened in the Arctic regions, virtually none near the equator, and moderate in the regions between the North pole and the equator.
    3. From what I remember most of the recorded warming is associated with an increased daily low (less cool down at night) not higher highs
    Is Australia not typical?
    Please feel free to correct me if above is not correct

      • Simon June 28, 2017 at 1:14 am
        That map is fake or a deliberate lie.

        I will be happy to send you the data from which it was made or you can validate the accuracy your self by going to NOAA’s Climate at a Glance
        where the data for each state can be analyzed. When you open Climate at a Glance, make the following selections:
        Parameter: Maximum Temperature
        Time Scale: 4-Month
        Month: September
        Start Year: 1895
        End Year: 2017
        State/Region: Alabama
        Climate Division/City: Statewide
        Under Options
        Display Base Period
        Start 1901 End: 2000
        [ ] Display Trend (check)
        (*) per Decade (Select)
        Start: 1895 End: 2017
        Click on [Plot]
        The graph will be displayed with the trend line
        (Alabama and other states color coded blue will show a descending trend)
        Click on the middle Excel Icon [data in CSV format]
        The data should appear:
        Alabama, Maximum Temperature, June-September
        Units: Degrees Fahrenheit
        Base Period: 1901-2000
        Missing: -9999

        Do this for all the 48 contiguous states
        The other states not coded blue will have to be analyzed to find the earliest date that still yields a descending trend. Use Excel’s slope function to do this. When you determine the year, under Options enter that year under Start: ____ End: 2017
        Yes, it is surprising that Maximum temperatures largely trend downwards over much of the United States.
        There isn’t a nice handy site like Climate at a Glance to do a similar analysis for the rest of the world.

      • Simon, are you blind?
        Right there on the chart is the source: NOAA Climate at a Glance and the link that is with it. Steve helpfully give you a lot more in his reply to you.
        Then you come back calling it BS,posted a link that doesn’t contradict what Steve posted at all. Steve once again comes back to clarify what you didn’t notice or care about. Next time don’t rush to judgement so fast,it will save you looking foolish.

      • No i doesn’t since the map shows “Declining maximum summertime Temperatures.”
        Before shouting your prejudices, learn to read.

      • This calls BS on the map

        The link shows average temperatures, this map:
        Shows Maximum Tempertures for the months June through September
        Actually it’s a little more comprehensive than that. Declining or flat trends for Maximum temperatures for the six months of the year May through October as this updated map shows:
        It isn’t for the entire year, just the warm half. Yes, Average and Minimum temperature do not show these trends. Indeed the IPCC tells us that the warming will be at night, and in the winter. Day time temperatures in the summer have declined.

      • Geez dude read your own propaganda first. If you were the author try your BS someplace else where IQ’s like yours!

      • Geez dude read your own propaganda first. If you were the author try your BS someplace else where IQ’s like yours

        Lovely. Poor Simon.

      • Reply to Simon,
        From your link: “On a seasonal basis, long-term warming has been greatest in winter and spring.”
        Your storytellers know that the map you call BS on is correct … they want to spin their message to fool the rubes. If your storytellers wanted to be completely honest they would have included …
        “On a seasonal basis, long-term warming has been greatest in winter and spring, AND ACTUALLY IT HAS ONLY BEEN WARMING IN THE WINTER AND SPRING. TYPICALLY IT HAS BEEN COOLING IN THE SUMMER”
        Your storytellers didn’t lie, but only because there has been no warming in the summer and fall.
        Simon, does it bother you that your storytellers feel that they need to spin the information? Does it bother you that they think you are a rube?

    • Thanks to Steve Case and Tim to help enlighten Simon who apparently calls NOAA data “a fake or a deliberate lie”. This is not CNN or MSNBC with fake and deliberate lies although NOAA are known for questionable data adjustments.
      I am surprised that Simon did not understand that the plot clearly states “maximum temperature” for the summer months and that NOAA is clearly indicated on the plot. Of course the MSM also misleads “low information” people by not pointing out than the warming is mostly associated with “higher” lows possibly associated with UHI. Other people just don’t care about the facts.
      What I take from the plot in question, at least for the US, is that all the claims about heat waves is very misleading since the increase in temperature is not the maximum of the summer day. If the same applies in Australia then the Dr of the story needs to go back to school if she does not know there are not more heat summer waves.

      • Catcracking at 10:14 am
        …although NOAA are known for questionable data adjustments.

        Some bloggers I know just come right out and say NOAA is fake data. Fake or merely questionable, it’s NOAA’s data, and unless some one can show a copy & paste error or more serious error in analyzing NOAA’s Climate at a Glance error, those color coded maps are what they are and can be reproduced.
        When new data is added to the time series that color coded map will likely change. It all depends on the weather.

  24. We need more headlines along the lines of “Falling CO2 levels could affect coffee supplies” that will get the Starbucks generations’ attention.

  25. This nonsense about it becoming hotter, “north of Brisbane,” isn’t borne out by the record heatwave holding locations of Oceania according to Wikipedia. I used to think that Australia wasn’t included, and was a separate set of data. In my humble opinion, as a New Zealander, Australia is a continent and therefore it’s data should be treated as such. The area known as ‘Oceania’ which includes many of the islands in the South Pacific including New Zealand, needs to be looked at in isolation from the ‘Great Southern Land.’ If so then the highest temperature ever recorded in Oceania happened at Rangiora near Christchurch in the South Island of New Zealand at latitude 43 south (Brisbane is around 27 south BTW) on February 7th 1973. The temperature that day was 42.4 Celsius (108.3f). The hottest temperatures ever recorded in the ‘islands’ is just over 35C!
    Meanwhile on the continent of Australia, their hottest day was recorded at Oodnadatta in South Australia on January 2nd 1960 and exceeded 50C! Not sure of the latitude without looking it up but I’m pretty sure it is well south of Brisbane. That young woman needs to do some research rather than blindly accepting the dibble handed to her by the usual liars!

  26. Can someone explain to me this table found in the cited article?
    Days hotter than 35C 2014 2090
    Brisbane 12 55
    Cairns 3 48
    Darwin 11 265
    Melbourne 11 24
    Sydney 3.1 11
    How can Sydney have 3.1 days hotter than 35C? Which is the mean of 0,1 day?

  27. Hopefully she’ll just beep off further south and leave the beautiful Australian tropics to those of us who actually like them.
    I love in the tropics and only use the a/c when work like house cleaning needs to be done in the heart of summer. The rest of the time, open windows and fans are fine, although a dip in the pool is often welcome! Right now the weather is pretty much perfect.
    Snowflakes are likely to melt here, though… 🙂

  28. You might wonder about the bizarre logic that can claim more heatwaves when the temps are not rising
    and are now dropping. Generally speaking it wil always be the case that heatwaves can be increasing/decreasing, like all other weather events, in a stable climate.

  29. Selfish, lying, greedy, hypocritical, etc etc etc
    Speak plainly OK…
    1. That you take a double barrelled name speaks volumes.
    2. Grown up and educated girls DO NOT accidentally get pregnant.
    3. Maybe you had an irresistible urge – at least be good enough to admit as much.
    4. Maybe you summed up the pros and cons and decided you *did* have the resources (financial, emotional etc) to bring a child into the world. Be good enough to admit as much.
    5. Finally lady, you are on a Government payroll. The resources you take for granted, which are never enough of course and the entire basis of ‘Romance’ and ‘Un-Romance’ = divorce) came from tax payers.
    Ordinary folks doing dirty horrible jobs that double barrelled people consider way way below them.
    Fine lady, you take away your own sewage from now on.
    Lady, you are a modern day Marie Antoinette. In a Glass House.
    How apt, would that be a Glass GreenHouse by any chance? If it is, explain the GHGE in your own words.
    Try to consider those before you open your mouth, or before you ‘accidentally’ get pregnant again (I was nearly really rather crude there, hope you didn’t notice) so as to harvest ever more Government Largesse (‘Maternity Benefit/Leave, Paternity benefits, tax credits, family allowance etc etc – assuming similar schemes to what we have in the UK)

  30. …The 33-year-old lives in Sydney and studies heatwaves as a senior research fellow at the University of New South Wales’ Climate Change Research Centre…
    This story has so many Forensic flaws.
    UNSW in Australia is pretty much in the heart of Sydney in Randwick (famous racetrack and a few Ks from the very famous Bondi Beach.)
    So the Sydney weather records for Summer of 2016/2017 should be suitable.
    Where she lives is not mentioned while the heatwave of LAST summer is cited. In the ABC report.
    Ok. The Local alarmist organisation…The Bureau of Meteorology… BOM…lists records that has 2 days in December 2016 as being over 35C for consecutive days.
    Top measure of 37.8.
    January of 2017 had no consecutive days over 35C. Top of of 39.4
    February of 2017 had 2 consecutive days over 35C. Top of 37.5.
    So LAST summer there were no heatwaves in Sydney. So where does she live and commute from to have 48C in the shade.
    The outback and the scorched Inland of Australia!
    Sarah states the air con broke down. She is a Senior Research Fellow which is listed as equal to a Senior Lecturer Class C. Current lowest and highest wage at 1/1/17.
    75% of the USA dollar
    So Sarah and her husband (very old school that) could not afford a repair tradie or to go to Bunnings Hardwareand get the best quality evaporative coolers or even a couple of powerful fans!
    As for the urge to have a large family of 4 or 5 kids it is interesting that Sarah had her first child at 32 or 33. When did she plan to have her second or her 5th child?
    So that comment is a Big… As If…
    Everything that is reported to have been stated by Sarah, and this report by the ABC needs to be treated like Klimate Science itself.
    Absolute Garbage.

    • I’m not so sure that the studies heatwaves, rather the models of hearwaves – from her Linkdin profile:
      She has “a passion for climate extremes, namely heatwaves” and has “devised a novel framework in which to measure heatwaves, as well as exploring their changes in the global and Australian observational record. … This has resulted in the development of” … …
      She “analyzed the latest generation of climate models to understand changes in a suite of climate variables over the pacific region for the 21st century.” …
      and she “researched the plausibility of projections of climate extremes from a regional climate model (compared to a global climate models).”
      … so she compares various models and extrapolates from them. She would appear to be nothing more than a Post Science Modeller™

  31. Right. So…she’s always wanted a big family (but wait! Aren’t climate alarmists always blaming baby making for the state of the planet?) and has now started one. Now she’s bleating on about how f#@£ed her newborn daughters future is?
    Surely if she believed this tripe she 1. Wouldn’t be wanting to start a big family and 2. She wouldn’t be bringing a child into this warming hell hole?
    The virtue signalling and blatant hypocrisy has made me vomit.

  32. This is what she says about herself.
    “I’m Sarah Perkins-Kirkpatrick, a climate scientist interested in extreme events. I was awarded my PhD in 2010 at the Climate Change Research Centre, UNSW, Australia. My thesis focused on evaluating climate models by how well they provided projections of climate extremes over Australia. The novel evaluation metric I used is now commonly employed in climate model evaluation today. ”
    Is there any need for further comment?

  33. According to predictions made around the time of the first Earth Day, we should now be living in a hell hole and quickly headed back to the stone age. link Most of these predictions were made by actual experts, Dr. Paul Ehrlich being the prime example.
    Anyone who gets a PhD should have to take a course in failed predictions and the dangers of hubris. Experts are in danger of overclaiming. They do not understand the limits of their expertise.

  34. Like a number of earlier commentators I was astonished by this story which appeared as “news” in the ABC online News feed today.
    Others have commented on the extraordinary “data” of “hot days above 35 degrees C” in 2090 allegedly based on a 2014 projection from the CSIRO and BOM.
    Computer GIGO.
    Readers should understand that these scare stories appear on a regular basis as part of the Left ( liberal) agenda of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation .
    The Great Barrier Reef has featured strongly in this narrative recently with ” up to half” (or 67% of the Reef north of Cairns) “dead”. Climate change is of course the principal culprit.
    I have listed for my own interest some 16 social and political issues where my conservative views are either derided or ignored by the ABC.
    Included among these of course is climate change aka global warming.
    Not only is the ABC a conservative free zone but conservative views are never advanced and regarded as ” unacceptable” to hold or argue.
    ” Climate scientists reveal their fears for the future” is a perfect example of the default position of the ABC on climate change alarmism.
    RobbertBobbert sums up the farce perfectly.

  35. ” always wanted a big family ”
    Well that’s nice. If you believe the CAGW mythology then I’m afraid having first world children is just about the most self indulgent thing you can do.They consume at least 5 times as much fossil fuels as third world babies.

  36. I monitor some climate p.o.r.n accounts on Twitter, and they are encouraging this emotive approach because they realize their science isn’t convincing the public. Expect to see more of it.

  37. She is worried to lose her well paid job. That of course could have a big influence in the child’s future. The baby girl may see her mother more often now she has become a useless heatwave expert .

  38. Let me see. An immigrant from Ireland/Engand, in the very high latitudes, complains about the heat in the low latitudes.
    I worry about her child’s future, too.

  39. “I don’t like to scare people…” Translation: “I love scaring people about climate change, and I love virtue signaling to my fellow Climate Cultists about how scared I am”. She’s a liar, hypocrite, and a moron. I feel bad for her kid.

  40. “I have a feeling that as more and more people learn the truth, I will lose my job and won’t be able to support my baby.”
    That’s what she really meant to say.

  41. Just how much good will destroying the economy of her own country, needlessly, do for her child? Or, diverting money from welfare and medical research into pointless, uneconomic renewables. It she utterly callous? Has she no morality?

  42. In central Indiana we haven’t hit 80 for about a week and some nights in the 40’s. It has been wonderful. Same for the last 2 summers!.

  43. “…heatwave expert Sarah Perkins Kirkpatrick admits…”
    Okay. What is a heat wave expert and how do you get to be one?

    • GP…What is a heat wave expert and how do you get to be one?
      You sell your soul to the Company Store.
      The Klymit Change Company Store.
      Or, as Mr John Cash nearly sang…
      …You load 16 tons (of CO2)
      and what do you get?
      Another day older and deeper in debt.
      St Peter don’t you call me cos I can’t go
      I owe my Soul to The Klymit Change Company Store…

      • I think Cash was late to the party with 16 Tons. A partial timeline of recordings:
        Merle Travis (author) 1946
        Tennessee Ernie Ford* 1955
        Lorne Greene 1965
        Johnny Cash 1987
        *sold 2 million copies.

  44. Just to be a smarthy ass…… she will feel a real heat wave when she hits menopause.
    On a more serious note, why the focus on “heat waves”. Are there no periods where there is extended cold any longer? What I mean is that if your going to study periods above normal for a certain geographical area shouldn’t you also look at periods below normal as well? I thought that was the definition of “climate change”.

  45. I don’t know if this is on topic or not, but among various concerns that these people foist on us is the concern of spreading hopelessness among the young. The number of young people (low 20’s and below) committing suicide or having “coping issues” is exploding. They don’t want to try because there is no future in it…they get that at school, at home and through media. All because of “big oil”, deniers, and “big Business”. We are raising a generation(s) of useless people. (big generality there…)

  46. The only change in heat waves was to define down the temperature required and for the media to lie constantly about the past temperatures.
    I don’t care in the least what the scientists “feels” like—are they doing their job? Are they following scientific method? Can they produce reliable results? That’s all I care about. If they don’t like their job, they’re free to find a new one.

  47. People are so caught up in the story of human climate destruction that they can no longer see reality. Some people seem to need the threat of doom to give their lives maximum meaning. Some people need to see humans as a threat to themselves. Strangely, this is a very attractive and very infectious story.
    People get comfortable believing the story — so much so that not believing it causes an unsettled feeling.
    This is the ugly side of the creature of habit.

    • Dying of a heat stroke walking to school is the most ridiculous thing I’ve read lately.
      Here’s a concept: monitor your child’s fitness level, ensure that he/she is not obese, is moderately in shape, is properly hydrated, and is dressed appropriately (including, maybe, a hat or even a shade umbrella). A moderately fit, hydrated, properly dressed child is really not likely to die of a heat stroke, I’m thinking.
      I used to walk home from junior high school every single day, … four or five miles, … on concrete sidewalks, … carrying a load of books [books?! — what’s that?], … sometimes on really hot days. I was moderately obese, and would have never thought to wear a hat. I survived and am here today to tell about it. Oh, I forgot to mention, I did not have to walk, but rather walking was my choice, in order to avoid the sardine-can experience of riding the school bus.
      If I had a mother who had expressed this fear of me, then I would have denied that she was my mother, in order to avoid the embarrassment of being labeled a pathetic weakling.
      But times have changed, I suppose. Pathetic seems to be in style now.
      I’m such a relic.

  48. What about the shots fired at the buildings housing climate scientists who fact check biased climate models with satellite data now? That is happening in 2017, not a hundred years from now.

  49. hmmmm “heatwave expert Sarah Perkins Kirkpatrick ” what exactly qualifies one as a “heatwave expert”? sounds a bit like a breathing or walking expert…. one that can breath or walk. Wow the expert bar has dropped.

  50. Any links to peer reviewed papers providing observational evidence of statistically significant increase in “heat waves”, anywhere on the globe?
    Don’t have time to read all comments yet, so I apologize if this question already answered.

  51. I feel offended! Somehow she got a “scientific” degree – that’s macroagression against reason!

  52. I hope this so-called “scientist” reads these comments and learns her lesson: wattsupwiththat is not to be trifled with when it comes to science of the people.

  53. All Sara needs to do is put an Air conditioner in her Safe space and power it with fossil fuels .
    Dump that stinking solar panel.

  54. Eric,
    your solution to the heat – “stay indoors, crank up the air conditioning. Or wear a hat and drink lots of water, if you have to be outside.” … it doesn’t address the doctors’ concerns about her kid getting heatstroke because she will make her kid walk to & from school when it is hot enough to cause physical problems for the kid.
    … your solution to the heat is very selfish, you should also offer to buy a prius and drive the kid to and from school.

    • It’s just such a weak argument — dying of heat stroke — thus characterizing children as defenseless members of a physically weak society.
      What happens if the child grew up, joined the military, got shipped to some hot, distant land, where soldiers are required to drink liters of water a day, so that the body can cool itself via sweating. … sadly, zero childhood pre conditioning of any kind for such a possible future scenario.
      I bet this heat-wave expert would buy a bumper sticker that reads something like … My child is an honor student at Climate Academy, but only walks to school there if it’s cool enough outside, otherwise stays home on hot days for home schooling, because of possible heat stroke due to human-caused climate change.
      Might her concern really be that her child might sweat too much, soiling the high-thread-count cloths she paid for, … produced (more than likely) by fossil-fuel-burning technology ?

  55. I wouldn’t consider posting this article – even though I re-post and refer almost every other article from this blog. I see this as adding more fear to uninformed people as it is left to their own interpretation. Not the typical blog from here.

    • WUWT frequently indulges in posts like this (5-10% of total).
      It is critical to understand just how inane the religion called “climate science” really is.
      Even more so when you learn some of these folks actually want to censor or put us in jail.

  56. Meanwhile, life expectancy continues to increase, in Australia, and most countries in the world (barring those with war and political chaos).

  57. Odd question: do most school children walk to school in Australia? I know around here in Canada most of the kids are helicoptered in, so to speak, by their parents. It’s not climate they’re worried about, rather the plague of child predators so the kidlets need to be shuttled to and fro. If kids are really walking more in Aus, then good for them. We were considered to be “mean” parents because we made our child walk to school and then back home again. The child was no fool and often managed to acquire transport, at least on the way home. But it wasn’t from us.
    That said this is just downright silly. A couple of days of heat now makes a heat wave? Oh dear. And at that it’s only a couple of days a year with +35C? Oh my goodness how soft the Australians have become. In a “normal” summer we have more days above 35C than that and we’re the coldest large urban center (500K+) in the world. We long for those days and those temperatures. Sadly we’re currently enduring a May and June that are running about 3-5C BELOW normal at the moment. The only joy to take away from that is the local news is bereft of global warming news.

    • I’m Canadian and I had plenty of walks to school in -30C temperatures and lower. And I mean plenty-
      school was virtually never canceled because of weather when I was a kid and -30C probably occurred about 6-10 times per winter in those days. School got out at the end of June so I was running around outside when it was +40C. No sunscreen and I am English by ancestry. Regardless of weather we played outside every chance we had. Came in for some kool-aid or watermelon but the house wasn’t air conditioned and Mum was usually cooking ( even though it was about a thousand degrees in the house) so we took our cool down outside. Very little was air conditioned in those days and the upstairs of our house was absolutely stifling in the summer.
      Oh yeah! And life was good!

      • I walked to school ten miles each way through the snow, summer and winter, uphill both ways, with barbed wire wrapped around my bare feet for traction on the ice. We had to burn the teacher for warmth in the winter.

      • Corporal Cameron Stewart Baird was killed in operations in Uruzgan Province, Afghanistan. The citation for his Victoria Cross reads:
        For the most conspicuous acts of valour, extreme devotion to duty and ultimate self-sacrifice at Ghawchak village, Uruzgan province, Afghanistan, as a Commando Team Commander in Special Operations Task Group on Operation SLIPPER.
        On 22 June 2013, a commando platoon of the Special Operations Task Group, with partners from the Afghan National Security Forces, conducted a helicopter assault into Ghawchak village, Uruzgan province, in order to attack an insurgent network deep within enemy-held territory. Shortly after insertion, Corporal Baird’s team was engaged by small arms fire from several enemy positions. Corporal Baird quickly seized the initiative, leading his team to neutralise the positions, killing six enemy combatants and enabling the assault to continue.
        Soon afterwards, an adjacent Special Operations Task Group team came under heavy enemy fire, resulting in its commander being seriously wounded. Without hesitation, Corporal Baird led his team to provide support. En route, he and his team were engaged by rifle and machine gun fire from prepared enemy positions. With complete disregard for his own safety, Corporal Baird charged towards the enemy positions, supported by his team. On nearing the positions, he and his team were engaged by additional enemy on their flank. Instinctively, Corporal Baird neutralised the new threat with grenades and rifle fire, enabling his team to close with the prepared position. With the prepared position now isolated, Corporal Baird manoeuvred and was engaged by enemy machine gun fire, the bullets striking the ground around him. Displaying great valour, he drew the fire, moved to cover, and suppressed the enemy machine gun position. This action enabled his team to close on the entrance to the prepared position, thus regaining the initiative.
        On three separate occasions Corporal Baird charged an enemy-held building within the prepared compound. On the first occasion he charged the door to the building, followed by another team member. Despite being totally exposed and immediately engaged by enemy fire, Corporal Baird pushed forward while firing into the building. Now in the closest proximity to the enemy, he was forced to withdraw when his rifle ceased to function. On rectifying his rifle stoppage, and reallocating remaining ammunition within his team, Corporal Baird again advanced towards the door of the building, once more under heavy fire. He engaged the enemy through the door but was unable to suppress the position and took cover to reload. For a third time, Corporal Baird selflessly drew enemy fire away from his team and assaulted the doorway. Enemy fire was seen to strike the ground and compound walls around Corporal Baird, before visibility was obscured by dust and smoke. In this third attempt, the enemy was neutralised and the advantage was regained, but Corporal Baird was killed in the effort.
        Corporal Baird’s acts of valour and self-sacrifice regained the initiative and preserved the lives of his team members. His actions were of the highest order and in keeping with the finest traditions of the Australian Army and the Australian Defence Force.

  58. “Cradling her newborn baby girl, heatwave expert Sarah Perkins Kirkpatrick admits to feeling torn between the joy of motherhood and anxiety over her first-born child’s future.” Wow, talk about sensationalism. Bringing one’s child to a protest then using it as a prop.

  59. I’d say Waaaaaa!!! It’s getting warmer! Everybody cry now!!! How the heck does she think people survive in places like the Congo where the mean temperature is in the upper 80’sF (Lower 30’sC). From experience- your body adapts to it!!! The whole world was 25deg F (14deg C) warmer in the Carboniferous and life thrived!!!!!

      • What in the world is your point? People in the Congo **do** walk to school. My point is that 2deg C isn’t the end of the world. I have lived in the tropics and acclimatized to the point where 78degF was so ‘cold’ I put on a sweater.

  60. Another example of someone with a really comfortable lifestyle, trying to convince themselves they’ve had it really hard – apparently that’s a moral good.

    • Is there a reason/cause associated with the people that suffer from this type of psychosis :0

  61. Dana and the Grauniad are desperately trying to hold up their fake news narrative of climate catastrophe is true. I don’t post links to either but their weak predictable arguments are in zombie mode. And double tapping zombies (metaphorically) is always the right thing to do.

  62. No offense meant, but someone as pessimistic as she is should not be raising children that she has no faith or trust in to be able overcome or adapt to any “monsters” the future may bring.
    She should give more consideration to how her progeny will deal with a despotic global socialist government if she wants to stress over something.
    I would be more interested in opinions from a mechanical chiller expert than a “heatwave expert”, anyway.
    She is obviously a product of her immediate environment and sociological influence.

    • Perhaps Dr Kirkpatrick fears her offspring will be as fragile as the planet seems from her perspective.
      The carbon-indoctrinated have much anxiety about the future because they reject the fact that reality has not honored the prophecies of Mann and instead ushered in the age of aquarius.

  63. “Sarah Perkins Kirkpatrick”
    I’ll wager none of you Sheilas and blokes can say that 5 times after downing 5 Foster’s Lagers.

    • Especially while talking out of one side of your mouth in pure, unadulterated Strayn.
      I’d probably chunder after Foster’s number four anyway.

      • I see I’m under moderation. perhaps for use of the word h@m@sexual, which really has little to do with chundering, which is vomiting. Etymology explained in comment under moderation.

      • Gabro, I think wordpress has a glitch where some comments just vaporize into the ether(net).

  64. If she is too stupid and emotionally unable to care for her children I am certain there are childless couples who could properly care for her children and that would include raising them to know how to live in a hot climate. Climate extremists are incompetent whiny brats.

  65. ‘It’s a scorcher’-
    so what are this mob up to-
    The Centre’s focus, Climate System Science, is the quantitative study of the climate system designed to enable modeling of the future of the climate system. It is built on a core of the sciences of the atmosphere, ocean, cryosphere and land surface. It includes the physics, dynamics and biology of these systems, and the flow of energy, water and chemicals between them. Climate System Science builds mathematical models of these systems based on observations. It describes these observations, and the underlying physics of the system, in computer codes. These computer codes are known as a “climate model” and utilize very large super computers.”
    The usual, more secret codes called climate models but not to worry as they have really BIG computers which should impress you. Bottom right is ‘How to make the most of a conference trip to Europe’ and ‘How to win a William P. Lowry Graduate Student Award’ which says it all. Not quite because because there is Stephanie who was torn between mathematics and art at school asking ‘Do you speak STEM’?
    Well I do but apparently Steph has fallen on her feet with the climastrology crowd and it’s all about indulging her artistic side on the Gummint drip too-
    “As a climate scientist, I get to use most of my senior high school subjects/extra curricular activities- Visual Arts, Design & Technology, English, Debating & Public Speaking, and of course Mathematics & Physics- in my job every day. I write… a lot. I also create my own pictures for my article and I graphically illustrate my analysed data to make concepts and results easy to digest.”
    Yeah we get the picture luv and as a taxpayer I’ll leave you to work out where all the STEAM is coming from.

  66. History must restart every few years because no one seems to remember that it got hot in the past. The news is that it’s currently really hot in Phoenix. I don’t actually remember when this was, maybe 1989 or sometime in the early 1990s. Driving through the Saline Valley, west of Death Valley in July, it was 122 or so. We didn’t have air conditioning in the truck and we played a game where we rolled the windows up until it felt really hot and then rolled them down and felt refreshingly cool. We went east and down through Arizona and finally headed back to LA. It was plenty hot in Phoenix, but when we crossed the Colorado at Needles it was 132. By the side of the road, a State Trooper was pouring water over the back of the neck of a guy kneeling by the side of a Winnebago and we figured it was just too hot to cross the Mohave while the sun was still up. In fact, we thought it was dangerous. We turned around and spent a few hours loitering in a grocery store where there was AC. When darkness fell, we headed west again, camping at the Kelso Dunes in balmy 90 degree night time temps.

  67. Why is it that all the frail climate scientists seem to live in Australia. Maybe except for the debunked Edith Spot butterfly expert of whom I haven’t heard a word since she came down with the blues. The original Climate Blues epidemic caused by the “Pause” started there in Oz.
    Oh it was rationalized that the reason they were sick was that they saw the horrible future and no one was listening to them, but any psychologist trained prior to the 1970s, knows the most classical diagnosis for suffers of this kind of neurosis is… errm… Деиуаl (of all things!) Meanwhile post normal psychologists simply hugged them and accepted the sufferers’ self diagnosis which the older shrinks would have labeled the newer ones as enablers.
    Now the thing about деиуал, is that the brain really knows what the problem is and the illness arises from fending off the truth that this remarkable organ is trying hard to present them with.
    One sees this unhappy situation in grief and this might be a mechanism to ease you into acceptance. The brain creates dreams like looking for someone, say, at a party and they always seem to have moved on just before you entered another room, etc. Eventually you get the message. However, when the message is that you have wasted all these years, yay, maybe most of a long career on baseless nonsense, the consequences of accepting this fact from your own disloyal brain is something many, especially fragile personalities, will exhaust themselves fending off such a huge truth. Hence a painful and debilitating illness needing expert therapy that isn’t very available in this Mad Hatter’s world.
    I wish the young lady depicted a speedy recovery because she’s not going to be too good for her little one with this illness and she can take courage that she is young enough to turn her efforts to reality in her science, an option not easy for the older scientists. They all do need treatment. I look at her specialty- heat waves expert -” and I think of the over the hill professor who made her into this silly thing. Shame!

  68. Cradling her newborn baby girl, heatwave expert Sarah Perkins Kirkpatrick admits to feeling torn between the joy of motherhood and anxiety over her first-born child’s future.
    “I always wanted a big family and I’m thrilled. But my happiness is altered by what I know is coming with climate change,” she said.
    “I don’t like to scare people but the future’s not looking very good.
    “Having a baby makes it personal. Will this child suffer heatstroke just walking to school?”

    If she’s that convinced of “what I know is coming”, why doesn’t she move her family so she can study heat waves in Antarctica? Or Edmonton Canada?

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