You’ve heard of ‘fake news’? Now we have ‘fake weather’

New scary (but bogus) weather term from the left-leaning media: “heat storm” comes from the Star Wars movie, but doesn’t happen on Earth

Climate Depot has this story today:

Introducing the ‘Heat Storm’: LA Times uses fictional term borrowed from Star Wars film series?! ‘Heat Storms’ ravaging California or Beware of the ‘heat storms’ in a galaxy far, far way…

The Los Angeles Times employed a new phrase designed to gin up climate fear among the public — the rise of the “heat storm.” LA Times staff writer Sammy Roth,  used a term associated with the fictional Star Wars film series three times in his article titled “Boiling Point.” See: LA Times: Boiling Point: Climate change is wreaking havoc on the power grid in ways you never knew 

LA Times Staff Writer Sammy Roth –  ( sammy.roth@latimes.com )

Roth reported, that “the state experienced hotter days and higher overall peak electricity demand during a July 2006 heat storm that did not lead to rolling blackouts.” In addition, Roth also cited the Sustainability officer for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power as using the “heat storm” phrase as well.

The term “heat storm” is a relatively new term in the climate debate. Wikipedia defines a ‘heat storm’ this way: “A heat storm is a Californian term for an extended heat wave. Heat storms occur when the temperature reaches 100 °F (37.8 °C) for three or more consecutive days over a wide area (tens of thousands of square miles).”

Star Wars & ‘Heat Storms’

The term “heat storm” also derives from the Star Wars movie series. The website Starwars.fandom.com defines the fictional term “heat storm” as a “natural occurrence” that raged across the fictional planet Ryloth in the Star Wars film series.

Heat storms consisted of furious cyclonic winds reaching speeds of up to 500 kilometers per hour and temperatures upwards of 300 degrees Celsius” and “If anyone was caught in one, they would be incinerated.” 

This sounds horrible for Californians! According to the Los Angeles Times, these (fictional) “heat storms” are now impacting California. The LA Times did not explain when people would be “incinerated” by these fictional Star Wars-inspired “heat storms.”


From Anthony:

Other than Star Wars, I have never heard the term applied in my over 30 years forecasting in California until today.

Wikipedia says (under the heat wave definition)

“A heat storm is a Californian term for an extended heat wave. Heat storms occur when the temperature reaches 100 °F (37.8 °C) for three or more consecutive days over a wide area (tens of thousands of square miles).”

I don’t know where this “definition” came from, and the Wikipedia article has no basis or citation/reference for it. Further, Googling the term brings up a brand of space heaters, and no actual usage of the term related to weather in the first two pages.

https://www.google.com/search?q=%22heat+storm%22&rlz=1C1GIGM_enUS835US835&oq=%22heat+storm%22

I did find one reference, and it appears this may be the very first use of the term:

Source: https://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2020/09/06/heat-wave-power-transmission-losses-fire-blackout/

Reading that article, suggests the term “heat storm” came from the imagination of the article writer. NOAA does not list the term “heat storm” in their official glossary.

https://w1.weather.gov/glossary/index.php?word=heat+storm

It’s a ridiculous made-up term, because “storm” implies something active and moving. Heat waves just sit there. They are stagnant air by their very nature. There’s even data and a map for it:

Stagnation When Heat Waves Exist – Summer, 1950-2007

The map shows the frequency of occurrence of stagnant air conditions when heat wave conditions were also present. Since 1950, across the Southeast, southern Great Plains, and most of the West, the air was stagnant more than 25 percent of the time during heat waves.  Image Reference: NOAA/NCDC Source: https://nca2009.globalchange.gov/references/footnote-333/index.html

NOAA DOES define “heat wave” as:

 Heat Wave A period of abnormally and uncomfortably hot and unusually humid weather. Typically a heat wave lasts two or more days.

This renaming is just another way the left leaning media wants us to be afraid of normal weather patterns by making it into something that sounds scarier than “heat wave”.

Don’t buy it, it’s bogus, aka “fake weather” akin to “fake news”.

67 thoughts on “You’ve heard of ‘fake news’? Now we have ‘fake weather’

  1. Seasonal warming is large and very fast

    Global warming is small and very slow

    Are you afraid of seasonal warning?
    No. It happens every year, and people are familiar with it

    Are you afraid of global warming?
    Yes. Some people think that it will cause a catastrophe. It is unknown and unfamiliar

    For most locations on Earth, seasonal warming is at least 20 to 30 degrees Celsius

    Global warming has already caused about 1 degree Celsius of warming in the last 100 years. If we reach the IPCC’s 2 degrees Celsius temperature limit then we will warm by about 1 degree Celsius more

    So seasonal warming is about 25x bigger than warming by another 1 degree Celsius. And it happens every year

    Seasonal warming of 20 to 30 degrees Celsius happens over 6 months

    So the warming rate is equivalent to 5,000 degrees per century

    The rate of global warming is about 2 degrees C per century

    WHAT ??? Seasonal warming is 2,500 times faster than global warming

    Seasonal warming is large and very fast

    Global warming is small and very slow

    Then why are we so afraid of global warming

    Because the people who are supposed to be experts are telling everyone frightening stories

    But do these “experts” really know?

    Or are they just scaremongering?

    • “Global warming has already caused about 1 degree Celsius of warming in the last 100 years.”

      According to an article published on WuWT a couple of months ago, the warmest point in the year 2016, the so-called “Hottest Year Evah!” was 1C above the average for the period from 1850 to the present.

      We are currently 0.3C cooler than 2016.

    • It is simply the next in an endless parade of imaginary Hobgoblins manufacured to keep us clamoring for politicians and their cohorts in the Propaganda Ministry media to save us from the menace. There is no hobgoblin and they couldn’t stop it even if it where real.

    • Fake weather might be bad but fake climate could bring in the goods.
      After Arab-Israel conflicts in the mid East in the 1960s, the Soviet Union politburo correctly assumed that only way for the oil price is up.
      https://www.globalpetrolprices.com/common_images/articles/20150622011731.png
      Soviets decided to step-up exploration and exploitation of what they suspected are huge oil reserves but lot of it was in Siberia.
      However, Siberia had a bad name not only for gulags but very cold climate. Soviets decided that the Siberia climate is not that bad for about 6 months of the year but the other 6 months is bitterly cold; no problem, they raised the relevant temperature data by 6-8 C, resulting in an overall annual increment of 3-4 C.
      http://www.vukcevic.co.uk/69-71.htm
      It worked, the Soviet Union overtook the United States as the world’s leading oil producer in the 1970s, with the windfall from higher oil prices supported strengthening of the Soviet military, economic activity and political influence in the third world countries. Fortunately nothing is forever..

  2. “It’s like
    Barf me out
    Gag me with a spoon! “(Credit to: Frank Zappa)
    Is a California expression too.
    That doesn’t make it intelligent, correct or mainstream.
    Lies, exaggeration, and the stunning hypocrisy of the practitioners of Green make for stupid like this.
    This never was about climate, don’t lose sight of that please while shooting down their endless fabrications.

  3. We’ve had fake climate for years. How many purported studies use climate models for tests? How often have we heard the sea level is rising — based on models and not measurements.

    • Jeffrey
      Sea level has been rising for about 20,000 years and is up about 120 meters or 400 feet. Tide gauges on stable land have shown no acceleration of sea level rise in the past 150 years that could be blamed on global warming. Past sea level rise is not based on models. Wild guesses of the future sea level rises are based on
      computer models (computer games).

  4. Propaganda storm. You would hope that the “cry wolf”syndrome would kick in, but the ‘rona-mania trance suggests that fear is quite effective in shaping mass hysteria.

  5. A heat storm is a Californian term for an extended heat wave. Heat storms occur when the temperature reaches 100 °F (37.8 °C) for three or more consecutive days over a wide area (tens of thousands of square miles).”

    I don’t know how many square miles were affected, but I remember several runs of “three or more consecutive days” over 100 degrees growing up in California through the 70’s and 80’s. It was a regular occurrence. As I recall, the “heat wave” (as we called them way back then) covered most of Riverside and San Bernardino counties and surrounding areas, so that’s “tens of thousands”

    Just more scare-mongering.

    • Yes, a heat wave is now 2 days or less of 100 degF and a heat storm is 3 or more days of 100 degF if you go by the Wiki definition. A heat wave used to be 4 or more days of 100 degF so extended heat wave must go for 5+days. Childish scaremongers corrupting language and definitions for making things scarier. In SA in 1939 there were 17 days over 100 degF – clearly a super super heat storm and everyone should have died but didn’t, without air conditioners.

      • If they want to see some *real* heatwaves, they ought to research the 1930’s. Heatwaves then lasted weeks, not days, and they were hotter than today.

        We haven’t had what I would call a real heatwave since the heatwave of 2011. That was definitely a real heatwave. If it happened today, the alarmists would be declaring the end of the world.

  6. We are in the second decade of the agenda news storm that envelopes most of the world blocking out facts and science process for extended periods.

  7. Roth reported, that “the state experienced hotter days and higher overall peak electricity demand during a July 2006 heat storm that did not lead to rolling blackouts.”
    Money Quote! Minus “Heat Storm”

  8. Existential climate storm catastrophe crisis.

    That’s the new term planned for 2021.

    It is a leftist habit to continuously create new words or new meanings for old words. Learning the new language keeps their mindless followers so busy with the continually changing language … that they have less time to think about all their leftist beliefs.

    When skeptics use the “old” language, they are ridiculed by the leftists and character attacked as not worthy of debate. This had been true of climate science for over 30 years.

    Leftists do not debate anything they belueve and there only chang of beluefs will be to move further left. … and always remembet that truth is not a leftist value.

    As a libertarian since 1973, I have studied leftists for many decades like some people study the antics of monkeys in a zoo. No offense intended toward monkeys. When I am bored I tell a leftist I lnow tbat Donald Trump is the best president in American history. I dont believe that, but it is a good conversation starter … that immediately lowers leftist IQs by about 25 to 50 points, at least tenporarily.

      • Fred, that $@$%#ß dumb phone of mine:
        My comments start out at a post-Ph.D level and then I push the Post Comment button, that wakes up the confuser … which garbles my typing so much the comment appears to be from a person who barely speaks English. My wife typed this comment as I dictated it. I feel like a real Big Shot now. I’ll be back in five minutes, I have to take out the garbage.

    • It’s a human habit, especially among English speakers, to continuously create new words or new meanings for old words. Nothing to do with leftists. Was it a leftist who first used the word ‘mouse’ for the gadget that lets you manipulate a computer? If it was, does that make a computer mouse a suspicious leftie plot? And now we have tail-less computer mice, should we create a new word?

      • Foley
        Of course there is new technology and inventions that need new words.

        The leftists continually change meanings of old words, and create new words THAT WERE NOT NEEDED, and are needlessly confusing.

        You seem to think I said leftists are horroble people. Thats true, but I didn’t say it before. May a mouse crawl up your pants leg.

        • PS to my previous comment which hasn’t showed up yet.
          What should I call a white guy who immigrated from, say, South Africa and became an American citizen?
          (I’m so sick of “language” being used to define and create artificial divisions between Human’s.)

      • In the confirmation hearings what’s her name from Hawaii tried to slime Barret for having used the phrase “sexual preference” at some time in the past.
        The NEXT DAY Meriam Webster’s online dictionary changed the definition of the phrase to being an “Offensive” phrase.
        (Reminiscent of the “OK” sign suddenly becoming “racist” during the Kavanagh hearings.)
        A coordinated “plot”?
        No, just what the easily offended doing what the easily offended do.
        I’m old enough to remember when ‘The Gay Divorcee” had nothing to do with the reason for the divorce. When the movie was made “Gay” didn’t mean what it has come to mean today. Should that movie be banned?
        I also read “Huckleberry Finn” in HS. Some want to or have banned Mark Twain’s book because Huck referred to Jim as (“N” word) Jim. Yet “N” Jim is the ONLY person in the book who never lied to or tried to use Huck. “N” was a word used to describe black back then.
        Instead of “blacks” should I (and Twain) have said “African-Americans”? What should I call a friend of mine, who is very black, in Kenya? An “African-Kenyan”?
        In Kenya, he told me the the main “racial” division is “What tribe are you from?”

        • “In the confirmation hearings what’s her name from Hawaii tried to slime Barret for having used the phrase “sexual preference” at some time in the past.”

          That would be Senator Mazie Hirono from Hawaii. I think she and Senator Blementhal, the fake Vietnam veteran, are the two most dispicable of the Senate Democrats. Is this the best you can do, Hawaii? If I were a Hawaiian, I would be ashamed of being represented by such a low-life as Mazi Hirono.

          Hirono also asked Judge Amy Coney Barret if she had ever sexually assaulted anyone in the past. With Judge Barrett’s children sitting there listening. It doesn’t get much lower than that. She is a sorry excuse for a human being.

    • “When I am bored I tell a leftist I lnow tbat Donald Trump is the best president in American history. I dont believe that”

      I believe he is the best, at least for this current period in time. He’s like a Gift from God, for real conservatives, with regard to conservative policy, and with regard to defending the U.S. Constitution.

      Trump is the only one standing up against the socialist takeover of the United States. He’s like Horatious at the Bridge, singlehandedly fending off the enemy rushing to the attack.

      Dear Lord: We need one more gift from You on November 3, 2020. Smite the heathen Socialists and give us Trump for four more years! :).

      I’m going to do my part.

  9. RG: It’s a human habit, especially among English speakers, to continuously create new words or new meanings for old words. Nothing to do with leftists. Was it a leftist who first used the word ‘mouse’ for the gadget that lets you manipulate a computer? If it was, does that make a computer mouse a suspicious leftie plot? And now we have tail-less computer mice, should we create a new word?

    Presumably some-one once invented the term heat wave. The earliest Australian weather usage I can find is 1877, in newspapers in Queensland, that hot-bed leftist colony/state.

  10. Reminder of the raging “Polar Vortex” thru the layman’s news cycles a few years ago during a winter where Climate Change was the political story at the time.

  11. In the realm of fake weather, the BOM in Australia regularly predicts temperature for the day that are regularly 2 degrees C or so above what is actually achieved. This practice helps maintain in the minds of the population a fear of ‘Global Warming’ and ‘Climate Chang’ in line with Leftist dogma.

  12. Next thing you know, they’ll start naming the heat storms: “Heat Storm Donald hit the Bay Area very hard this week.”…

    I remember the July 2006 event very well. It was truly unusual, with major lightning and high winds along the coast breaking the heat, lowering the temperature by 30F in just a couple of hours.

    This year’s heat waves, while a little worse than in most years, were of the typical pattern, with high-pressure inland suppressing the normal cooling coastal sea breezes. As Anthony says, these had “stagnant air by their very nature”.

  13. I was curious as to the context of the claim for greatly increased heat waves (heat storms??) so I looked at the annual number of days 100 F or more at Pasadena (within greater Los Angeles) compared to a much less urbanized station at Fairmont, 40 miles north of Pasadena and still in LA county, but separated from Pasadena by the San Gabriel Mountains. How they compare can be seen at https://wayneraymond.wixsite.com/caclimatechange/comparing-pasadena-and-fairmont Fairmont has trended toward an additional 2 days in the 100s recently, relative to a century ago, while the urbanized Pasadena has trended toward more than 7 additional days in the the 100s. A significant indication that much of the recent increase could be related to UHI effect.

  14. Central England had its hottest July in over 360 years in 2006. It occurred on the same type of configuration of the gas giants as with the 1936 US heatwave, and all of Europe’s greatest heatwaves in the last 800 years including 1540 which also the greatest recorded drought year in Ethiopia.

    https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/major-heat-cold-waves-driven-key-heliocentric-alignments-ulric-lyons/

    The heat this August and September was down to the strongest coronal hole streams in a year.

    https://solen.info/solar/coronal_holes.html

  15. Don’t know about Star Wars, but the earliest usage I could find after a brief search was from 1972.

    Riverdale in the Bronx, areas of Queens, scattered portions of Manhattan found their voltages diminished or in some cases slashed completely as blue and white Con Edison trucks rushed from block to block seeking to hold together a system that appeared to be disintegrating in the 90-degree heat. (The company called it a “heat storm,” a new addition to the lexicon of suffering.)

    https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/GPO-CRECB-1972-pt20/pdf/GPO-CRECB-1972-pt20-2-3.pdf

  16. What stinking heat storm? It was 85 in San Diego yesterday and we waterskiied and watched a sunset made more beautiful by the smoky remnants. It used to be called the endless summer. All these debby downers need to get reoriented. Heat storms are just another magnificent day in so-cal.

  17. Add it to Bomb Cyclone (a big storm) polar vortex(a Siberian high, been like forever).
    In sales these are called $100 words, you need $100 words to really sell the shiza out of something.

    Clowns all

    And didn’t the clown admit it was hotter back in 2006 and no grid problems or blackouts?
    Does he grasp that he just tore green energy a new one?

  18. Shutter a few Gigawatts of local power production in exchange for shunting it in from other states via high tension power lines through dry scrub brush country prone to Diablo winds…

    … no, God isn’t setting them on fire for trying to legalize pedophilia. They are doing it to themselves.

  19. Well, the UK had half of its entire October rainfall average on just one day this year, October 3rd. And we have had 20 years of similar events, which we did not have last century.

    similar events across Europe -e.g Greece’s second hurricane in a decade.

    • Again, ignorant little griff cannot tell the difference between WEATHER and climate…

      No trend in rainfall ANYWHERE in the UK, ..

      https://rmets.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/cms/asset/e0375cf3-f3fa-46c3-bc56-44d0c76a0e5f/joc6213-fig-0029-m.jpg

      And ABSOLUTELY NO EVIDENCE that the WEATHER event of slightly variable rainfal (happened before, will happen again) ..

      ….. has ANYTHING to do with anything humans have done..

      Still waiting for answers, and everyone is watching you squirm like a worm. 🙂

      1… Do you have any empirical scientific evidence for warming by atmospheric CO2?

      2… In what ways has the global climate changed in the last 50 years , that can be SCIENTIFICALLY proven to be of human causation?

  20. Here is actual data as graphs showing some properties of heat waves of durations 4, 5 and 6 consecutive days, with the Y-axis showing the average Tmax over that term. The 20 “hottest” heat waves over the recorded site history are shown. Stations were the 6 State capital cities of Australia,are shown (Brisbane, Sydney, Melbournbe, Hobart, Adekaide, Perth.) Half of the graohs show raw, unadjusted temperatures from the BOM Bureau of Meteorology daily data files at CDO for Climate Data Online. The other half of the graphs show the early version 1 of the homogenised, adjusted, gender-fluid, inclusive BOM data set named ACORN-SAT, that for most sites starts in 1910.
    I have other data for 3-day and 10-day duration heat waves, but the topic gets rather boring as you churn out graph after graph that the BOM should have done with its billions of budget $$$ and its supercomputer versus my ancient PC.
    Main findings? Mostly, with some exceptions, heat waved so defined are not getting any hotter, longer or more frequent at these sites, which were chosen for long hiostorical record length and because some 80% of the Australia population lives in them.

    http://www.geoffstuff.com/graphs_sydmelb_heatwaves.pdf

    The social message is that there is a real danger that trendy woke global warming affected emergency planners (of which there are severa in key positions) are now planning matters like water bomber aircraft disposition, locations of fire-fighting staff as the summer approaches, hospital preparations to cope with heat stroke victims, electricity supplies to combat city blackouts when summer air conditioners are turned on – that sort of thing – with fictional ideas about the nature of our heat waves when actual data exist but are not studied adequately.
    Here are a couple of sentences from a friend to the Commissioners of Australia’s latest inquiry into fires, this one for the 2019-20 burns in SE Australia. Quote:

    “There is no empirical evidence that the degree of hazard has
    increased due to warming of the climate. Instead there is increasing evidence that
    automation, changes in instruments and the way data are processed is causing artificial
    warming of the Bureau of Meteorology’s temperature and sea-level records. Projections that
    the climate will warm and that sea levels will rise are not supported by objective analysis of
    climate and sea level datasets available in the public domain.” (End of Quote. There is much more.)

    Geoff S

  21. I would have thought a ‘heat storm’ would come in response to multiple indictments handed down to the perpetrators of the ‘great climate fraud’ and and the “deep state’ coup!

  22. There it is, fake news is fiction as is the Star Wars movie. And the guy should get a hair cut, to improve his appearance and give him a better perspective of weather.

  23. More evidence that the progressive left has lost it’s moral compass.
    Maybe it rolled under the couch and that’s where they should look for it.

  24. The mass media’s current case of TDS has seriously put CAGW on the back burner. I’m supprised we don’t hear his opponents ranting about it during this election cycle. Maybe because he can just point to the US’s huge decrease in CO2 emissions during his term.

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