CBC Understands the Difference Between Weather and Climate, Other Canadian News Outlets Don’t

From ClimateREALISM

By H. Sterling Burnett -November 30, 2021

Amid back to back “atmospheric rivers” bringing substantial amounts of rainfall to much of the Pacific Northwest, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation published a thoughtful article, describing the difference between weather and climate. The CBC’s article titled, “Weather and climate are not the same thing. Here’s why that is important,” disposes of the notion that the repeated atmospheric river events causing flooding in many towns in British Columbia is caused by climate change. It is a weather event.

We all know the story: When a big storm hits, your social media feeds are inundated with photos and stories, and the conversation with friends and family inevitably turns to what is happening around us.

Whether it is flooding, like we are seeing in B.C., or a wintry blast like the one that recently hit Alberta and Saskatchewan, the events are usually accompanied by a whole lot of jargon to sift through.

Low pressure, jet stream, polar vortex, atmospheric river … the list goes on.

And even the most common terms — like weather and climate — can be deceiving.

Those two terms are sometimes used interchangeably and while they are linked, they actually refer to different things.

With weather and climate, the biggest factor is time.

Weather refers to the short term.

Weather systems can also bring extremely unusual conditions to an area ….

[C]limate is defined by long-term averages.

Climate refers to the atmospheric trends for an area.

It takes a look at specific weather conditions for a certain region and averages them over a set period of time.

Climate data is closely monitored over set periods of time.

This ensures that the data we see is the most accurate representation of our climate.

For example, most climate data from Environment and Climate Change Canada that we use to establish what’s “normal,” shows averages over the last 30 years, as opposed to the last 100 years.

Indeed, a region’s climate is typically measured in 30 year increments—the average temperature, amounts of precipitation, seasonal wind speeds, etc… over a representative 30 year period.

The CBC understands the difference between temporary, seasonal, weather events and long-term weather pattern changes which indicate a changing climate. Accordingly the CBC did not identify the current spate of atmospheric rivers striking the Pacific Northwest or the strong winter storm that traversed Alberta and Saskatchewan in mid-November as indications of climate change. They were weather events.

Unfortunately, other media outlets covering the atmospheric river event have not been so circumspect. CTV News, the Toronto Star, and the National Post, for example, each carried a story by The Canadian Press which discusses a “weather whiplash,” linking it to human caused climate change. A story in CTV News, titled “‘Weather whiplash’ ahead as Canada enters winter, Weather Network says,” is typical of the coverage.

The bulk of the story discusses the fact that wild swings in temperature, wind speeds, and snowfall are normal for this time of year across much of Canada, especially when La Nina conditions prevail.

“Weather Network chief meteorologist Chris Scott says colder water temperatures in the Pacific Ocean are creating what are commonly known as La Nina conditions, which often lead to drastic shifts across southern Canada,” says The Canadian Press story. “Scott says the result will sometimes feel like ‘weather whiplash’ this winter as temperatures and precipitation levels swing between extremes throughout the season.

“He says British Columbia and the bulk of the Prairie provinces are on tap to see above average precipitation and colder than average temperatures, noting the recent torrential rainstorms that caused widespread flooding in B.C. offer a particularly stark example,” writes The Canadian Press.

History shows atmospheric river events are normal in British Columbia, and across the wider Pacific Northwest in November, even when not enhanced by an El Nino.

This fact that the recent flooding is due to an entirely natural weather event is further confirmed by research conducted by University of Washington Professor Cliff Mass, Ph.D., and discussed in a recent Climate Realism story.

Unfortunately, rather than ending the story there, Scott and The Canadian Press stray into climate alarmism. Without citing any evidence of changes in long term weather averages, The Canadian Press story says:

While La Nina patterns are far from novel, Scott said the recent bouts of extreme weather that have washed away key pieces of infrastructure and even led to multiple deaths in British Columbia bear the hallmarks of broader climate change.

He likened the results of rising global temperatures to a pair of dice that have been subtly weighted to make certain weather events more or less likely.

A long-term shift in extreme swings in weather, higher high temperatures following lower lows, and greater amounts of rainfall than average following hard on the heels of extended droughts, accompanying a significant upward or downward change in average temperatures and precipitation across a region consistently over a 30 year period might well be a signal of climate change. But we don’t have that in the Pacific Northwest.

As a table that Mass provides details, flooding in the region affected by the recent atmospheric river event has been common throughout its history. (see the table below).

What we have across the region is a modest 100 year rise in average temperatures, with no measurable long-term increase in extreme weather events, or above or below average precipitation. Hence no evidence of dangerous climate change across the Northwest.

The long-term modest rise in temperatures has tracked population growth and development across the region and thus might be best accounted by the urban heat island effect rather than human caused climate change.

The CBC rightly follows the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and other scientific bodies in distinguishing between weather and climate. There is no evidence climate change is responsible for or enhancing the incidences of extreme weather the Pacific Northwest has recently experienced. Rather than trying to turn every weather molehill into a climate change mountain, the corporate media should stick to reporting the facts and follow the science. The sciencey sounding claims made by climate alarmists may make for good headlines but they are false, intended to blur the lines between weather and climate for political gain.H. Sterling BurnettH. Sterling Burnett, Ph.D. is managing editor of Environment & Climate News and a research fellow for environment and energy policy at The Heartland Institute. Burnett worked at the National Center for Policy Analysis for 18 years, most recently as a senior fellow in charge of NCPA’s environmental policy program. He has held various positions in professional and public policy organizations, including serving as a member of the Environment and Natural Resources Task Force in the Texas Comptroller’s e-Texas commission.

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Dennis
November 30, 2021 6:10 pm

First day of summer here on the mid north coast of New South Wales, Australia and 21 deg C at 1.00 pm, but feels cooler and even more so inside. I still have blankets on my bed and have needed the reverse cycle air conditioning on during the evenings.

It is also raining a lot and serious flooding in many areas locally and further afield.

No “global heating” at all.

Robert of Texas
Reply to  Dennis
November 30, 2021 6:40 pm

Impossible…Bill Nye the Idiot Guy used a propane torch on a plastic model of the world to prove how hot it is getting. Are you really suggesting Bill Nye is wrong? Just by actually looking out your window and seeing what the real world is actually doing???

Tom Gelsthorpe
Reply to  Robert of Texas
December 1, 2021 7:47 am

Blowtorch demonstrations are soooooo “scientific,” aren’t they? Gosh. It’s great to have “scientists” like that who exaggerate for us, and use inane metaphors.

Those sticklers who show us hard-to-interpret statistics, emphasize the importance of testable hypotheses and stuff, are so BORING!

Zig Zag Wanderer
Reply to  Dennis
November 30, 2021 6:51 pm

Cripes, mate. Up here in tropical Queensland, I’m still sometimes sleeping with my windows closed. Normally I only close windows on winter nights, now I’m doing it on and off up until summer!

Sara
Reply to  Dennis
December 1, 2021 8:00 am

Gee whiz, fellas, that sounds like how MY summer started this year, with temps in the 30s and low 40s at night and daytime temps not much more than 50F in June, when it should have been nearer to 70s. No wonder the birds stayed south of me! Got a short “heat” wave (summer weather) in late July, another short one in August, then back to lower temps day and night.

And I’m WAY north of NSW Oz, in the upper Midwest of the good ol’ US of A.

Oh, wait – does this mean something’s happening out there… and we can’t control it????

Teh Horror!!!

Tom Halla
November 30, 2021 6:25 pm

If one ignored historical records, what happened in Texas was a visit by one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. I have lived in Texas since 2005, and snow never lasted on the ground longer than a few hours. Until last February, with a foot and a half that lasted a week. Until one looks at records from 1913, it is an ominous change, rather than a low probability normal weather event.

Robert of Texas
Reply to  Tom Halla
November 30, 2021 6:47 pm

Not sure where in Texas you live, but I have been here for only 22 years and have seen two snow-megedons (well, three counting last winter). I have never seen it so cold or the snow last so long, but I can remember several big snow events. (DFW area) Like rain and hail, snow intensity here can depend on exactly where you are at and can vary within a few blocks.

It was the COLD that really surprised me. Killed off most of my “native Texas” plants and shrubs, while all the stuff I brought with me from Oklahoma survived including my Eastern Oklahoma Dogwood. So much for planting “native species”.

Rick W Kargaard
Reply to  Robert of Texas
December 1, 2021 8:00 am

You just highlighted the absurdity of estimating average temperature with data from weather stations many miles apart. The weather, including temperatures, can swing widely over just a few blocks. We don’t even need to consider other factors such as station siting And recording accuracies. Current estimates are no more than wild guesses which don’t even accurately detect trends on resolutions beyond a few feet.

Mike
Reply to  Tom Halla
November 30, 2021 7:53 pm

Yep. If it happened in 1913 it’s not climate.

H. D. Hoese
Reply to  Tom Halla
December 1, 2021 9:17 am

Try these major freezes, but Texas is so big, some variation as to location intensity.
Records started officially in 1880–1820, 1845, 1853, 1868 (perhaps minor), 1880, 1886, 1899, 1917, 1924, 1930, 1940, 1947, 1951, 1962, 1983, 1989 (2), 2021.

Martin
November 30, 2021 6:31 pm

Good thoughtful article. There certainly is a distinction between weather and climate and the author spells it out perfectly. Who knew that the CBC can get it right? I have always been a firm believer that AGW was a fallacy, hyped up by those with definite agendas. Climate Change IS real, just not in the way most activists keep telling us. The answer comes from that big, shiny, ball in the sky we see everyday.

Alan the Brit
Reply to  Martin
December 1, 2021 12:49 am

Wow!!! You see that Big Shiny Ball every day??? It must be Globul Warming then!!! ;-))

Yes, that beautiful big shiny ball that keeps most of us alive, without it we’d all be dead, it possesses over 99.9% of the mass of the Solar System, & is a massive fusion reactor converting millions of tons of Hydrogen into Helium every second!!! Naturally, it can’t possibly have any affect on the Earth’s climate or any other planet for that matter!!! Wonder how the Sunspot count is going!!!

Rich Davis
Reply to  Alan the Brit
December 1, 2021 3:58 am

Now that you mention it, shouldn’t we redistribute the mass so that each moon and asteroid get equal shares? The huge disparity in mass wealth is unnatural and dangerous. Imagine how much better the solar system would be if there was no sun and no asteroids, just a sisterhood of equal sized planets of all colors. I’ll bet that would also solve any issues of global warming.

commieBob
Reply to  Rich Davis
December 1, 2021 4:59 am

I recently became aware of a Kurt Vonnegut story, Harrison Bergeron.

In the year 2081, the 211th, 212th, and 213th amendments to the Constitution dictate that all Americans are fully equal and not allowed to be smarter, better-looking, or more physically able than anyone else. The Handicapper General’s agents enforce the equality laws, forcing citizens to wear “handicaps”: masks for those who are too beautiful, loud radios that disrupt thoughts inside the ears of intelligent people, and heavy weights for the strong or athletic.

A local institute of higher education has forbade the presentation of certain information in graphical form because it would disadvantage visually impaired students.

In one American jurisdiction, they try to discourage folks from home schooling their kids because that would disadvantage those kids whose parents weren’t able to do so.

Martin
Reply to  commieBob
December 1, 2021 6:56 pm

The govt. there wants to bring everybody DOWN to the lowest common intelligence level instead of striving to raise all those UP to a level we would like to be.

Martin
Reply to  Alan the Brit
December 1, 2021 6:49 pm

Lol, yes I know we don’t really see it everyday but we know it’s there…..somewhere.

Love your sarcasm.

BCBill
Reply to  Martin
December 1, 2021 10:24 am

The article is pure fabrication. It may apply to some obscure CBC show somewhere but these days weather attribution to climate change is CBC’s major activity second only to fostering social conflict based on race, religion, gender, geography, sexual proclivity, ethnicity, behaviour of distant ancestors. Whatever it takes to destroy the social fabric of Canada is CBC’s mission.

Martin
Reply to  BCBill
December 1, 2021 6:52 pm

Wow, that’s pretty harsh Bill. Say it ain’t so!

john harmsworth
Reply to  BCBill
December 2, 2021 11:04 am

Bang on! CBC is the definition of elitist, globalist, Socialist, Alarmist, Liberal bias in Canada. On the public nickel, of course. I believe, last I heard, 95% of Canadians choose to get their news anywhere else.

Zig Zag Wanderer
November 30, 2021 6:48 pm

For example, most climate data from Environment and Climate Change Canada that we use to establish what’s “normal,” shows averages over the last 30 years, as opposed to the last 100 years.

Given that there appears to be a quite clear 60 year weather cycle, arbitrarily selecting 30 years as a reference period is criminally stupid.

Abolition Man
Reply to  Zig Zag Wanderer
November 30, 2021 7:41 pm

Zig Zag,
I believe the correct term is criminally clever! They know they are lying and misrepresenting the real climate data, and using only 30 years lets them hide most of the climate cycles!
That’s why the griffter and our other climate troglodytes like to use ONLY the latest and greatest fresh cherries for their cobbled-together arguments! If they go back into the historical or geological record, there is nothing occurring today that is outside of the normal variations!

Alan the Brit
Reply to  Zig Zag Wanderer
December 1, 2021 12:50 am

Forget the stupid bit, just stick to the criminal bit!!!

Rich Davis
Reply to  Zig Zag Wanderer
December 1, 2021 4:09 am

Not if you want to have a robust climate alarmism industry!

Martin
Reply to  Rich Davis
December 1, 2021 6:57 pm

Lol, that’s the ticket!! Greta would be happy!

john harmsworth
Reply to  Martin
December 2, 2021 11:05 am

Greta doesn’t do Happy! Lol.

Rich Davis
Reply to  john harmsworth
December 4, 2021 8:12 am

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Rick W Kargaard
Reply to  Zig Zag Wanderer
December 1, 2021 8:14 am

So true. I have lived through two and a half 30 year periods and have noticed that weather cycles ( wet/dry, warm/cool, etc.) often last for periods of 10, 20, 30 yrs. or even more.
A 300 year cycle would be more appropriate. Of course at that resolution a 1 or 2 degree temperature change would not move the gauge. There is the rub. If we actually have had that 1 to 2 degree rise in temperature, it is totally inconsequential.

AZeeman
Reply to  Zig Zag Wanderer
December 1, 2021 9:52 am

The time is chosen to be the length of a climatologist’s career. By the time their predictions are proven wrong, they are safely retired.

Robert of Texas
November 30, 2021 7:00 pm

Unless the year is absolutely average (and that never happens) climate is actually changing every year – you throw out the last year, add in the latest year and recompute the climate. The changes are tiny so no one really bothers with it.

What is important is the trend line and that is what most alarmists are talking about when they say “climate change”. The problem with that metric is we were already warming before the alarmists tell us that CO2 could have contributed. We have been mostly in warming trends since the end of the Little Ice Age – and well that just makes sense.

So the alarmists use models to “predict” the trend lines instead of using actual data. This they have full control over and can bend and twist it to their agendas and biased thinking. When the data starts getting embarrassing they just go “fix” the data again.

There is plenty of time to actually study the real data – the climate is not changing that fast no matter what the alarmists tell you (using their models). We have to have untainted real data in order to actually demonstrate how fast the climate is changing and that can be a problem when the gatekeepers keep changing it. If in 30 or 50 years we look at the data and see there is a problem we can then decide the best action. CO2 does NOT abide in the atmosphere for hundreds of years no matter what the alarmists are telling you. Natural gas (methane) oxidizes into CO2 rather quickly. Plants love CO2 and eat it up as fast as they can get it.

Meanwhile, weather happens. We can adapt to weather extremes, like don’t build on known flood plains and just expect weather to be uncooperative now and then.

David Wild
Reply to  Robert of Texas
December 1, 2021 1:37 pm

Here’s a thought. A good measure is the Central England Temperature Series. This started in 1650 (long BEFORE the Industrial Revolution), and is the World’s longest such series. It started at roughly the end of the Little Ice Age. Using a clever bit of mathematics to smooth the numbers (11 year rolling profile) shows a total rise of 1.2 degrees C. Daily variations are way more than that.
Oh, and when looking at temperatures Kelvin, not Centigrade is relevant. So,1.2C is a miniscule variation.

Bob Hunter
November 30, 2021 7:11 pm

This article is an aberration for CBC. CBC has at least one article every day promoting climate alarmism. Today’s article: Arctic could see more rain than snow in 30 years, study suggests

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DMacKenzie
Reply to  Bob Hunter
November 30, 2021 7:45 pm

I agree, having commented at cbc.ca on various of their climate hype stories, usually to have my comments put in infinite moderation. Most likely the aberrant CBC employee has been summarily dealt with. After all, they don’t get a $B a year from the feds to say anything detrimental to the Carbon tax agenda…

Bob Hunter
Reply to  DMacKenzie
November 30, 2021 8:01 pm

Very often happens to me too. Whether I provide the data, often from this website or a link, if a comment disagrees with the CBC’s Alarmist viewpoint it is ‘deactivated’

DMacKenzie
Reply to  Bob Hunter
December 1, 2021 8:27 am

Putting a link to some other webpage in a CBC comment will get your post immediately scrubbed….it’s bad for the click count….

ATheoK
Reply to  DMacKenzie
December 1, 2021 2:33 pm

Thank you both!

I’d wondered if the world changed over night.
So much, that I did not “rate” the article, as it described an unfamiliar CBC and NOAA.

The fantasy CBC article above, deserves a zero rating.

MJB
Reply to  DMacKenzie
December 1, 2021 4:31 am

Re: “aberrant CBC employee”, I offer the following conspiracy theory.

The authors last name is Climenhaga. Splitting this into two words, google translate says if of latin origin it would translate to english as “climax of the hague”. In the Hague (Netherlands) there is the company Climax Molybdenum, and molybdenum is set to be the next big thing for optimization of specific energy in various ion style batteries, potentially displacing cobalt. Clearly this article is written under pseudonym by Big Cobalt to try and frame Big Molybdenum.

https://cumoco.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/CuMo-Moly-Battery-2018.pdf

/s

Yes, an amazing deviation from the script. I will be surprised if a correction is not issued. At minimum, there will be several follow up stories over the coming weeks gently correcting the “record” and appeasing the faithful that follow the Communist Broadcasting Corporation.

DMacKenzie
Reply to  MJB
December 1, 2021 8:34 am

….good s theory there…
The real person Christy Climenhaga has a history that doesn’t scream “urban-condo-wokeist”.
http://www.miguelitoslittlegreencar.com/blog/blending-green-christy/

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Crispin Pemberton-Pigott
Reply to  Bob Hunter
November 30, 2021 9:44 pm

I agree. The CBC is in a leadership race to teach us the taxpayers that every incident of weather or the environment is a “climate event”. The script faltered.

There are no “climate events”, CBC.

They have a well defined pattern of interviewing. They have someone such as Mike Mann or Katherine Hayhoe (repeatedly) and ask them some leading question. There is a catastrophic answer and a call to moral suasion. Then they are asked by the interviewer about those lost souls who disagree with that analysis. The interviewee then tells us what a misguided, bought-off bunch they are, what they are thinking and why.

The CBC never, ever, lets the same question be posed to the skeptic, we only hear “their views” from the advocates of alarm.

It is an interesting way of framing a story – both points of view are presented by one party. Richard Lindzen’s motivations and views are explained by Mike Mann. David Suzuki will tell us “what Willie Soon probably thinks.”

It is a disgrace. Yes, weather is different from climate, and frankly I am shocked the CBC allowed someone to say it on air. It’s unprecedented.

Rich Davis
Reply to  Crispin Pemberton-Pigott
December 1, 2021 4:16 am

As DMacKenzie commented, no doubt the perp has been dealt with appropriately by now.

Martin
Reply to  Crispin Pemberton-Pigott
December 1, 2021 7:02 pm

Mike Mann? Good lord, we are doomed. He is a climate change shill extraordinaire!

Jeff Labute
Reply to  Bob Hunter
December 1, 2021 7:15 am

It is an aberration, although she does report from a predominantly conservative area. I randomly tune in to CBC not for entertainment or news, but as a test, only to hear climate alarmism, native throat-singing, and … ummm… that might be about it. CBC ratings are falling through the upper mantle. Perhaps this is an attempt to make a miniscule improvement. I did not hear about this story as it has not risen above the CBC noise floor.

Martin
Reply to  Jeff Labute
December 1, 2021 7:03 pm

Funny post, good on ya!

BCBill
Reply to  Bob Hunter
December 1, 2021 10:28 am

Not one article a day. Virtually every show on CBC all day long has an obligatory climate attribution. This article is so far off the mark that it should be considered in the “Big Lie” genre.

Doonman
November 30, 2021 7:15 pm

That’s because people who claim climate change is affecting the weather have it backwards.

Weather affects the climate. That’s where cause and effect come in. People who illogically think otherwise might as well blame witches for their hysteria. Oh wait, that was already tried.

Crispin Pemberton-Pigott
Reply to  Doonman
November 30, 2021 9:46 pm

Are you suggesting it is NOT controlled by witches? I must hurry and get my chicken back from the Sangoma.

n.n
November 30, 2021 7:32 pm

That’s a start. They need to use a technique to discern transient climate shifts and stop normalizing phobic responses with impulse, fringe, or isolated weather events in time (e.g. blocking) and space (e.g. anthropogenic blacktop effect), and perhaps other improvements in observing and reporting fidelity.

Pat from Kerbob
November 30, 2021 7:36 pm

HMMMMM, maybe someone should show this CBC article to people at the CBC, namely everyone other than the person who wrote this one piece.
It is impossible to listen to a CBC radio or TV newscast without multiple references to climate change being what this rain is ALL about.
And fires
And anything else.

Talk about twilight zone

Klem
Reply to  Pat from Kerbob
December 1, 2021 1:06 am

I stopped watching CBC when I saw their supposedly hard-nosed morning news journalists laughing and mocking Mit Romney when he lost to Barack Obama in 2012. I’ve never seen anything like it. It was so cringey and revealing I haven’t watched anything from CBC since then.

Chris Hanley
November 30, 2021 7:40 pm

When discussing a ‘changing climate’ as if it were an entirely new phenomenon the young lady is backed by shots of a large fire and a flood as if such events would not happen if the GAT were 0.85C cooler which is ridiculous of course, but typical.

Mike
November 30, 2021 7:43 pm

”a significant upward or downward change in average temperatures and precipitation across a region consistently over a 30 year period might well be a signal of climate change.”

Says who?
This just more blind faith in an arbitrary figure (30 years) giving us a well understood and complete picture. Until it can be demonstrated to be true, it’s meaningless conjecture. It also plays right into the hands of the co2 enthusiasts. Every true sceptic will reject it and all discussions founded on that notion.

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markl
November 30, 2021 7:50 pm

“Always take advantage of a disaster”.

November 30, 2021 8:31 pm

From what I have seen of Canada, it is in desperate need of some of that old-time Global Warming.

PCman999
Reply to  nicholas tesdorf
November 30, 2021 10:09 pm

+100 if I could! I wish CO2 was the magic molecule because the best thing that could happen to life on this planet would be for it to warm up! Obviously life would be easier at the poles, but the rest of the world would enjoy less drought because of the extra evaporation of the oceans, and the deserts would retreat – hopefully leading to a Green Sahara like 8000 yrs ago.

Dennis
Reply to  PCman999
November 30, 2021 10:17 pm

Green Sahara, that must have been because they had electric vehicles.

sarc.

Rick W Kargaard
Reply to  nicholas tesdorf
December 1, 2021 8:33 am

Hear, hear.

buggs
Reply to  nicholas tesdorf
December 1, 2021 10:09 am

Where I reside, some 500 miles north of Minneapolis, MN, the worst climate predictions have us becoming like Minneapolis. Has anyone from south of Minneapolis thought “well that would be nice”? Probably not, but for us, yep.

Art
November 30, 2021 11:45 pm

That’s a surprise, coming from the CBC, they’ve been hyping the global warmi…make that climate change scam for decades.

Lorne WHITE
December 1, 2021 1:07 am

Anyone have an idea on what causes Atmospheric Rivers?

They seem to have been the cause of the 1861-62 deluge of 6 weeks of rain that turned California’s Central Valley into a 300mile long x50 mile wide Great Lake 20 feet deep!

What’s most amazing us that core sample drilling back to 400AD showed that it floods every 150-200 years.

https://www.earthdate.org/node/158

Smart Rock
December 1, 2021 3:43 am

Weather is not climate, and one reasonable article from CBC does not mean they have changed their alarmist position on “climate change”. What has happened, though is that their decades-long daily torrent of global warming bad news has now been interspersed with reminders of our atrocious treatment of native aboriginal indigenous people, and on the problems of being black in a “racist” society like Canada. Equally hard to digest, even though there’s a bit more truth in it than their climate propaganda. I gave up listening to their radio years ago, and just check the CBC website occasionally to make sure I’m not missing something significant.

griff
December 1, 2021 6:43 am

a record heat wave followed within 6 months by a truly extreme downpour… 2 exceptional climate related events.

That the reality of Canadian climate.

Rick W Kargaard
Reply to  griff
December 1, 2021 8:43 am

You are so right. It is what can be expected along with extreme cold events and extreme droughts. Canada is a region with extremely variable weather, but mostly colder than the rest of the populated world.

buggs
Reply to  griff
December 1, 2021 10:13 am

Where I live the usual low for the year is -40C during winter. The summer highs can reach 40C without breaking records. Without any error measurement in climate “data” you think you can detect a trend within that?

As for the downpour, the region that flooded is because it’s in the bottom of a drained lake bed. https://financialpost.com/opinion/terence-corcoran-a-human-mistake-why-the-b-c-floods-are-not-a-climate-change-issue

Tom Abbott
Reply to  griff
December 1, 2021 2:29 pm

It’s just weather, Griff.

Crispin Pemberton-Pigott
Reply to  griff
December 2, 2021 8:07 pm

Griff, it wasn’t a “record” heat wave and it wasn’t a record rainfall. Hundreds of people built homes on a drained lake that is below the Fraser River into which it is constantly pumped. What could go wrong?

The only thing worthy of note about the present climate is that in the past it was hotter, colder, wetter and drier. Multiple times. We are so lucky these days.

John Bell
December 1, 2021 7:03 am

It’s so cold…

  • Lawyers have their hands in their own pockets.
  • You have to break the smoke off your chimney
  • You have to open the fridge to heat the house
  • Your false teeth chatter, and they are still in the glass
  • Police tell a robber to freeze, and he does
  • Our words froze in midair and we had to put them in a frying pan to thaw them so we hear what we were talking about.
  • People look forward to getting a fever
  • Mailmen watch out for both dogs and polar bears
  • I’m shivering like a mobster in a tax office.
  • We had to chisel the dog off a lamp-post
  • Refrigerators are redundant
  • Pet stores sell hamsters, gerbils and penguins
  • Lady Liberty put her torch inside her dress!
  • Prisoners are begging for the electric chair.
  • Roosters are rushing into KFC and begging to use the pressure cooker!
  • I chipped my tooth on my soup.
  • Dunkin’ Donuts is serving coffee on a stick.
  • We pulled everything out of the freezer and huddled inside to keep warm.
  • I saw an Amish guy buying an electric blanket.
  • I actually saw a gangsta pull his pants up.
  • I’m drinking hot sauce instead of coffee.
  • Ice cubes are coming out of my faucet.
  • Trees are chopping themselves into firewood.
  • I farted snowflakes
  • I’m thankful for hot flashes
  • Miley Cyrus had to put her clothes back on.
  • I saw a greyhound bus and the dog was riding on the inside.
  • The ice cubes in my drink have goose bumps.
william matlack
December 1, 2021 8:24 am

Wow, this article from the CBC? The CBC has more climate alarmists per square foot than any news organisation on the planet. How I wish my grandparents would have stayed in the States 120 years ago.

buggs
December 1, 2021 10:05 am

As a Canadian this is clearly an error made by the CBC in posting this. Their historical reporting most often intimates that weather is indeed climate. I expect this will be retracted. I’m too lazy to do so, but I’d bet heftily that CBC coverage of the first in Lytton, BC wouldn’t connect that to anything but “climate change”.

BCBill
December 1, 2021 10:17 am

This article is pure B. S. I listen to CBC sometimes for local news and every single show that I listen to pointedly links weather to climate change. They have been in overdrive climate attribution since the hot summer and have continued unabated through the pineapple expresses of this fall. Novaya Pravda CBC Branch is the central source of climate misinformation in Canada and this article is the equivalent of Koba the Dread insisting that the Gulag compounds were holiday camps. Pure Marxist disinformation to confuse the public.

Philip
December 1, 2021 12:15 pm

Biggest scam in man’s history is the enormous profits that have been earned by enviro-corporates blaming the changing weather on their neighbor’s energy use.

skiman
December 1, 2021 1:07 pm

I’m not in shock but really surprised. The CBC may have this somewhere in the media world but every word I’ve heard ( yes I dont listen all the time ) equates the recent floods, fires, etc to climate change. In fact the flooding was made worse due to the fires that were made worse by the heat that was caused by climate change. Hard to believe they would have suddenly learned some science.

Edward Katz
December 1, 2021 2:12 pm

I’m actually surprised the CBC would run an article like this because it usually seems to wait for approval from one environmental alarmist group or another before it runs anything without a sky-is-falling tone to it One thing is certain: these types of news stories are a rarity on that network, which is suspected of being well-funded by the current Liberal government, the Suzuki Foundation, Greenpeace, the Sierra Club, etc. to push their man-made climate change propaganda.

S.K.
December 1, 2021 4:03 pm

The federal liberals have bought off msm in canada and christy climenhaga will probably lose her job over the cbc article.

MM from Canada
December 1, 2021 6:40 pm

The article came out of CBC Edmonton. I would hesitate to conclude on the basis of this one article that CBC as a whole understands the difference between climate and weather.

They are just as likely as the rest of the Canadian media to conflate the two.

john harmsworth
December 2, 2021 10:58 am

Must be watching a different universe of CBC than I have seen. Virtually every reference to the flood events in B.C. AND in Nova Scotia, 5000 miles away, prefaced by a nod to the terrors of climate change. It was left to residents of B.C. to inform me via Facebook of the repeated flood events in 1990 and the 1930’s in B.C. As well as the fact that the Sumas Valley is formerly Sumas lake, and was diked against the Fraser River about a hundred years ago to drain the lake and turn it into rich agricultural land.

Eyes Wide Open
December 2, 2021 2:57 pm

What a croc! The CBC is one of the most climate alarmist media organizations out there! It was from them that David Suzuki was spawned!

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