BBC Climate Check For 1961 (The One They Won’t Broadcast!)


By Paul Homewood

Ben Rich’s Climate Check begins:

“If anywhere in the world sums up a year of extreme weather, it’s Canada.”

This is highly ironic, because he could have used exactly the same introduction for the Climate Check of 1961!

The drought that summer in the Canadian prairies was reckoned at the time to be even worse than the dustbowl years of the 1930s. Many places had received no proper rainfall for a year and a half, and harvests were completely devastated.

Wildfires burned millions of acres across much of Canada in what was called the The Angriest Summer:

To cap it off, flash floods killed a family of five in Timmins’ Ontario in August, following six inches of rain in 12 hours:

Timmins, Ontario – August 1961

Catastrophic floods hit many parts of the world that year.

New South Wales suffered some of the worst floods in its history in November 1961, probably only surpassed by the ones in 1900. The Nepean Times reported:

“During a week of rain, to yesterday, in which 474mm of rain were recorded at the post office, Penrith received half its annual rainfall on two days…”

In the very same week, the BBC was reporting on flood-stricken Somalia:

It is thought that over 200 people have drowned and about 230 villages have been destroyed in this area alone. Unconfirmed reports put the number of homeless at 300,000.

Outbreaks of malaria, dysentery, rheumatic fever and influenza have been reported in a number of places. Somalia’s public health adviser, Mohammed Naqi, warned of a possible typhoid epidemic.

The worst of the flooding was caused when the two main rivers, the Shabelle and the Juba, broke their banks and merged in a vast flood plain 12 km wide.

The torrent of water submerged vast tracts of land, tore out communications, marooned towns and villages, destroyed homes and livestock, and ruined banana plantations.

Throughout the country, roads and airstrips are under water, making the task of moving food and medical supplies almost impossible.

The Prime Minister, Dr Abdi Rashid Shirmarke, made a desperate plea for help at a news conference six days ago.

He said nearly all Somalia’s food crops have been destroyed, and said food will have to be found for about 600,000 people for eight months, until the next harvest.

And the USA was also badly affected by flooding in 1961.What were described as “widespread, prolonged and disastrous” floods hit Mississippi, Louisiana and Alabama in February and March.

This was followed by extensive flooding in the Midwest in May, and heavy flooding in Idaho in June.The most tragic flood of the year was in July in Charleston, West Virginia when a small area cloudburst flood caused 22 deaths.

Severe flooding also occurred in December in Mississippi, Louisiana, and Alabama.

The worst floods that year in the USA were brought by Hurricane Carla in September, a Cat 4 storm with winds of 170mph, which left a trail of devastation from Texas to Illinois, including 34 dead, 1900 homes destroyed and a record number of tornadoes, including one of only two EF-4s ever observed in a hurricane.

The Atlantic hurricane season in 1961 saw two Cat 5s, Esther and Hattie, making it one of only seven Atlantic hurricane seasons to feature multiple Category 5 hurricanes in one season. Hattie devastated Belize City, damaging 70% of the buildings there. The damage was so severe that it prompted the government to relocate inland to a new city, Belmopan.

Drought in China between 1959 and 1961 triggered the great famine, when an estimated 30 million starved to death. Although the death toll was largely a result of Mao’s Great Leap Forward, drought certainly played a part.

And to cap it all, there were wildfires in California:

Fire burns in the Bel Air community in November 1961

It is fraudulent for the BBC to suggest that the weather this year has been any more extreme than in years past.

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December 26, 2021 10:12 pm

So THAT’S why the world ended in 1962! Oh, wait…

Steve Case
Reply to  JOHN T. SHEA
December 27, 2021 5:39 am

The post from Neville about thirteen posts down the list recommends the April 25th 2021 post from Willis E.

Where Is The “Climate Emergency”?

There’s very little that Willis doesn’t cover in that opus and certainly needs to be pushed to the top of the comment section.

Steve Case
December 26, 2021 10:46 pm

Nearly everything claimed to be a result of increased CO2 in the atmosphere has happened before, or has been happening right along. Floods, storms, droughts, fires, rising seas, receding glaciers, heat waves, cold snaps, etc. there is literally nothing new other than the increase in vegetation.

Zig Zag Wanderer
Reply to  Steve Case
December 27, 2021 12:12 am

Including increased CO2. And nothing dramatic happened.

Joseph Zorzin
Reply to  Steve Case
December 27, 2021 3:04 am

found the following on
A phrase adapted from the Book of Ecclesiastes; the author complains frequently in the book about the monotony of life. The entire passage reads, “The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun.”

Reply to  Joseph Zorzin
December 27, 2021 5:38 am

The Old Testament actually does mention something new under the Sun :
Cosmic airburst of biblical proportions revealed by Comet Research Group

Not caused by CO2…

Michael in Dublin
Reply to  Steve Case
December 27, 2021 7:35 am

Solomon wrote some three thousand years ago: “there is nothing new under the sun” (Ecclesiastes 1:9). His context is the natural events of the world that keep repeating themselves. It is clear from Proverbs and Ecclesiastes that he was an astute observer and no fool.

Unfortunately, men in offices hunched over their PCs laboriously creating model after model are blissfully unaware of how we can see the patterns of repeated weather in the real world. Perhaps these experts need to get out into the real world every day and keep a meticulous record of what they actually can observe? Good observations trump the most detailed speculative models.

Clarky of Oz
December 26, 2021 10:56 pm

An inconvenient truth.
Where have I heard that before?

anna v
December 26, 2021 11:24 pm

Climate change is the present religion of the west, and as all religions it has its spokesmen and speakers of divine wisdom. “I have made up my mind, don’t bother me with the facts”.

Reply to  anna v
December 27, 2021 8:13 am

No it’s now much worse than that. It’s now an organized propaganda campaign. An endless stream of shameful lies told by mainstream media for political purposes. Maybe they don’t know any better, but the activist “scientists” who feed them the lies do.

Reply to  anna v
December 27, 2021 9:24 am

Just ask for confirmation from Algore, the Archbishop of the First Church of the Boiling Globe….

December 26, 2021 11:33 pm

We have except that the morons rule

December 26, 2021 11:34 pm

1961 was truly a bad year, but there was a worse flood on the Sydney coastal plain (Hawkesbury/Nepean, same area as Penrith) in 1867. Everywhere you look, every extreme weather event that we are getting now has happened before and in spades.

Reply to  Mike Jonas
December 27, 2021 5:17 am

Just as the Alan Jackson/Jimmy Buffet song goes, “It’s 5 o’clock somewhere”, it’s always really bad weather somewhere all the time. And really great weather somewhere at the very same time .. and in between the terrible and great, everywhere else .. all the time.

Even in places that are well known for great weather most of the time, like California, still have spells of bad weather. I remember my time in California decades ago, when I was in the Navy stationed there, and in the summer we’d read about hurricanes in the southeast, and think, “glad I don’t live there” … but then we’d get our always extremely dry weather in the summer there that led to massive wildfires (huh? that only started last year, didn’t it???), then all those denuded hillsides that burned will then experience massive mudslides in the winter when the rains always came to CA. Midwesterners, as I was, would say, “whew, good thing we don’t have those wildfires and mudslides like they do in California, or those hurricanes like they have in Florida and Louisiana”, as we were dodging horrible F-4 and F-5 tornadoes in the late winter through early summer. Ditto with northeasterners, tut tutting about the horrible destructive weather elsewhere, while they live through their eternally miserable weather up north and occasionally suffering under a massive nor’easter.

“It’s 5 o’clock somewhere”.

Reply to  Duane
December 27, 2021 1:07 pm


I’ve lived or visited relatives in a number of those locations.

Frankly, I much rather deal with hurricanes, blizzards, nearby twisters, downpours, California earthquakes, etc. than deal with an earthquake off the Northwest coast and the resulting tsunami or worse, lahars from the nearby volcanoes.

I have had misgivings that I’d get caught outdoors in a severe Texas hailstorm. Not enough to put a pillow in my hat, but still misgivings.

No matter how bad it is where you live, it can always be worse without any CO₂ influence whatsoever.

Dave Fair
Reply to  Mike Jonas
December 27, 2021 9:16 am

Mike, it is true that we’ve had bad weather in the past. Today, however, calling it climate change means big bucks to many people.

December 26, 2021 11:41 pm

Oh no, don’t bring up history. For progressives there is only the here and now. They are at the pinnacle of human progress and making things better than ever before. They are on the “right” side of history. The past is irrelevant. Only they can solve the problems of today. Because many of the problems are creations of their imaginations or their feckless policies. Paraphrasing Ernest Benn, “(progressivism) is the art of looking for trouble, finding it whether it exists or not, diagnosing it incorrectly, and applying the wrong remedies.” People with a misguided messiah complex, trying to save us from ourselves. Ironically, we’d do a lot better if they would just shut up and mind their own business.

Solomon Green
Reply to  stinkerp
December 27, 2021 6:43 am

Please do not call them progressives. There is nothing progressive about those who do not read history and do not understand science.

Reply to  Solomon Green
December 27, 2021 8:17 am


Peter W
Reply to  stinkerp
December 27, 2021 7:38 am

I was married in 1961, and the result has been three sons and multiple grandsons. How much more of a disaster can there be????

December 26, 2021 11:50 pm

Computer predicts the end of civilisation (1973) | RetroFocus

Australia’s ABC program “This Day Tonight” aired this story on 9 November, 1973.
– 10 min 27 sec.

In 1973, Australia’s largest computer predicted trends such as pollution levels, population growth, availability of natural resources and quality of life on earth. The simulation starts from 1900.

This simulation exercise came out of the Club of Rome.
We don’t hear much from them these days but the talking points are eerily similar but this was pre-global warming. It’s the same formula including the ‘guiding hand’ from an authority external to a nations government – central planning.

Reply to  Raven
December 27, 2021 5:42 am

¨an authority external to a nations government – central Bank planning.¨
There fixed it for ya.
Video seems unavailable….

Reply to  bonbon
December 27, 2021 11:32 am

Video seems unavailable….

Yes, and for some reason I can’t edit the post either. I presumed it was a moderation thing – dunno.

This should be the direct link to the video:

December 26, 2021 11:59 pm

I live in the south west part of B.C. Other than a few days of high heat (the heat dome) there was absolutely nothing unusual about the summer of 2021 – maybe slightly cooler than usual.

Reply to  Terry
December 27, 2021 5:37 pm

Well no. We had a sixth month moderately severe drought, an unusually late frost in May that played havoc with the gardens and a cooler than normal fall. Right now we are freezing our butt’s off. I would say the weather variability this year was above normal but not extraordinary. Why I remember when……

Pat from kerbob
Reply to  BCBill
December 27, 2021 8:31 pm

The NP pointed out today that it hasn’t been this cold on the prairies in 8 years!

8 whole years!

That must be human induced climate change.
Must be

December 27, 2021 12:11 am

How dare you besmirch Aunty! The learned folk at the Beeb know for a fact this year’s weather is the worst in Instagram’s living memory.

Zig Zag Wanderer
December 27, 2021 12:11 am

1900, 1961, 2021

If only there was some kind of regular interval we could find in these weather data…

Ian Magness
Reply to  Zig Zag Wanderer
December 27, 2021 12:46 am

Good point ZZW. It’s unlikely that even Paul H could come up with a statistically valid “annual global extreme weather events index” because such would have to be based on the availability of reliable media reporting over a couple of hundred years. Nevertheless, your implication of a c60 year cycle does have a potential connection to the PDO and AMO and so forth oceanic cycles. Are they perhaps related? Wouldn’t be a shock would it?

Tom Abbott
Reply to  Ian Magness
December 27, 2021 5:24 am

“Wouldn’t be a shock would it?”

It wouldn’t be to me. That’s the pattern I see. It warms for a few decades and then it cools for a few decades, and then it repeats.

The U.S. surface temperature chart (Hansen 1999) also shows this cycle.

The one on the left:

M Courtney
Reply to  Ian Magness
December 27, 2021 7:31 am

So test it.
Make a prediction for 2022.

Pat from kerbob
Reply to  M Courtney
December 27, 2021 8:33 pm

It will be hot except when it’s cold.
It will be wet except when it’s dry.
It will be windy except when it’s calm

I look forward to getting my Nobel.

Climate believer
December 27, 2021 12:31 am

The man is a liar. He is also a complete hypocrite, as most propaganda alarmists are.

He recently tweeted:
“Who knew the sight of a petrol station with fuel and no queue could be such a joyful one?!”

Why aren’t you driving an electric car Mr Rich? You know, extreme climate and all that.

He describes himself as a “Lover of coffee and travel”, and as a loyal apparatchik hopes he won’t have to change his comfortable lifestyle in the new world order.

These people are the worst.

December 27, 2021 12:31 am

Of course deaths from extreme weather events have dropped by 95%+ since 1920 and yet the clueless liars and corrupt con merchants still persist in their mendacity.
Willis tried to find their climate emergency and found ZIP and his article covers nearly all of their delusional idiocy. This is one of Willis’ best and should be compulsory reading for all the activist teachers and their terrified pupils.

December 27, 2021 1:01 am

The BBC is reporting the facts… like in this report which clearly shows that 2021 was extraordinary for extreme weather…

10 events, each causing over 1.5 billion dollars of damage, at least 4 of them 1 in 1,000 year events…

Climate change: Huge toll of extreme weather disasters in 2021 – BBC News

you may be able to cherry pick a couple of years last century with as many notable weather events, but not one with so many weather events of this scale.

Reply to  griff
December 27, 2021 1:30 am

The BBC is reporting the facts… 

The BBC perpetuate the myth that we’ve not had extreme weather before by not mentioning historic extreme weather.

A lie by omission is still a lie.

Our national broadcaster should not be involved in lying to us

Reply to  griff
December 27, 2021 1:59 am

The BBC broadcasts a narrative

It claims the science has been settled since it held its famous seminar of NGOs

But then you knew that

Reply to  griff
December 27, 2021 2:45 am

For once you are correct Griff, 2021 was a record breaking year, only for low temperatures.

“Between the months of April and September, the South Pole averaged a temperature of -61.1C (-78F).
Simply put, this was the region’s coldest 6-month spell ever recorded, and it comfortably usurped the previous coldest ‘coreless winter‘ on record — the -60.6C (-77F) set back in 1976 ”

And hundreds more across the planet which you simply ignore.

Reply to  HotScot
December 27, 2021 5:47 am

Imagine the British Halley Station watching BBC in the Antarctic!

But this was the station that started the Ozone scare back then….

Stephen Richards
Reply to  HotScot
December 27, 2021 6:51 am

and the north pole was below normal most of the summer

Reply to  griff
December 27, 2021 3:00 am

Some homework with links for you and the Beeb’s Instagram weather catastrophists griff-
Historical Weather (

There’s a lot more folks and their expensive infrastructure in harms way nowadays in case you haven’t noticed. That also means there’s more folks paying insurance premiums to relieve the individual burden when Gaia throws a hissy fit. The oil fuelled cavalry coming to the rescue helps big time too.

Joseph Zorzin
Reply to  griff
December 27, 2021 3:08 am

“2021 was extraordinary for extreme weather…”
It’s a big planet- every year has some extreme weather somewhere. It’s amazing that you can’t grasp this simple fact.

Tom Abbott
Reply to  Joseph Zorzin
December 27, 2021 5:35 am

I don’t think he wants to grasp that fact. Accepting that it is just Mother Nature-caused weather, and is not caused by CO2, would burst his climate change bubble.

Obsessed people strongly resist having their preconceived notions discombobulated by reality.

Reply to  Tom Abbott
December 27, 2021 1:29 pm

Hiding from or denying the truth is absurd. Eventually, that discombobulation will happen, mostly because the fool denies reality and supports fantasy for so long.
Then they might as well report to the rubber room facilities with mush for breakfast, lunch, dinner and holidays.

Bruce Ranta
Reply to  ATheoK
December 27, 2021 5:48 pm

Ha! The Rubber Room. By Porter Wagoner. A classic.

Reply to  Joseph Zorzin
December 27, 2021 5:54 am

Tell flatlanders the world is extremely round, not extremely flat!
Then a skeptic flatlander will measure the Geoid.
Hello world….

Reply to  Joseph Zorzin
December 27, 2021 6:08 am

His point is not that there have been examples of extreme weather but that there has been (presumably) a very high number of such events in the one year. It would be interesting to know which two are the ones that are supposed to be 1 in 1000 years. However, before jumping to any conclusions we need to see a trend. So the challenge for griff & Co is to come up with an even bigger list in 2022 and then an even bigger list in 2023, and so on. What’s the bet that the data will be manipulated just for that precise purpose?

Joseph Zorzin
Reply to  Alba
December 27, 2021 6:18 am

“a very high number of such events in the one year”

guys like Tony Heller and Dr. Jon Robson in their YouTube videos show countless times that the number of such events is not higher now than in the past- their documentation is far more informative than any climate models and

griff could grow up if he/she/it watched all the videos on those channels

Reply to  Alba
December 27, 2021 1:52 pm

two are the ones that are supposed to be 1 in 1000 years”

Giffie was called on those alleged events already. Turns out some nobody claimed they were 1 in 1000 year events and giffie took that as gospel.

Reality is that they weren’t even 1 in 100 year events as history records equal and greater events.
Well, one of the 1 in 1000 year events occurred in a new weather observation location. That a much older longer nearby weather station recorded previous events was ignored in favor of the short history location.

“What’s the bet that the data will be manipulated just for that precise purpose?”

Reminds me of the weather channel’s weatherman actor who keeps trying to hype hurricane events: e.g. 1, pretending the wind level is extreme while the surrounding water shows barely a ripple then getting fully exposed as some kids in shorts wander by in the background without any wind impact.

Or his attempt to simulate rising waters by squatting down in a ditch, again getting exposed as a fraud.
He’s done this several times and virtually no-one believes anything he says.

The same will happen for faked extreme weather hype alarmists or media.

Zig Zag Wanderer
Reply to  griff
December 27, 2021 4:36 am

at least 4 of them 1 in 1,000 year events

You only need 4,000 events to get 4 ‘1 in a thousand’ events every year.

Lying liars lie.

Are you disappointed that more people aren’t dying from cold on the altar of your Doomsday Death Cult?

Bob boder
Reply to  griff
December 27, 2021 4:41 am

How many 1 in a thousand year events can you expect across the entire globe in a year? My guess would be thousands. Griff you are the most lost in the weeds person quite possible in a thousand years.

Reply to  griff
December 27, 2021 5:41 am

The BBC did not mention the inconvenient fact that on 99.9% of the Earth’s surface, the weather was NOT extreme in 2021.

Joseph Zorzin
Reply to  Duane
December 27, 2021 6:20 am

but…but…but idealists want/expect a perfect world- with perfect governments- and everyone being equally well off and good looking and the weather always nice

Dave Fair
Reply to  Joseph Zorzin
December 27, 2021 9:36 am

Leftworld: The women are strong, the men good looking and all the children are above average.

There is such a thing as the Lake Wobegon Effect where one sees himself as superior in intelligence, knowledge, driving ability & etc. Its interesting how many people you meet that believe they have an IQ above 100. [NB, don’t ever challenge them to a game of I’ll Show Mine If You Show Me Yours.]

Reply to  griff
December 27, 2021 6:03 am

The BBC, as it normally does, completely accepts the total reliability of any report which supports its narrative. The BBC’s list of ten extreme weather events comes from a report from Christian Aid, another organisation infected with the Climate Kool-Aid virus. Here is Christian Aid’s list:

Most expensive, chronologically:
1. Texas Winter Storm (US, $23 billion)
2. Australian floods (Australia, $2.1 billion)
3. French cold wave (France, $5.6 billion)
4. Cyclone Tauktae (India, Sri Lanka, Maldives, $1.5 billion)
5. Cyclone Yaas (India, Bangladesh $3 billion)
6. European floods (Europe, $43 billion)
7. Henan floods (China, $17.6 billion)
8. Typhoon In-fa (China, Philippines, Japan, $2 billion)
9. Hurricane Ida (US, $65 billion)
10. British Columbia floods (Canada, $7.5 billion)
Other extreme weather events:
11. Paraná river drought (Argentina, Paraguay, Brazil)
12. South Sudan floods (South Sudan)
13. Lake Chad crisis (Nigeria, Niger, Chad, Cameroon)
14. Pacific Northwest heatwave (US, Canada)
15. East Africa drought (Kenya, Ethiopia, Somalia)
How reliable that list is, as examples of ‘extreme weather’ for the parts off the world where they happened others may be able to judge.

Coach Springer
Reply to  Alba
December 27, 2021 7:35 am

Is that it? Looks like any other year.

Climate believer
Reply to  Alba
December 27, 2021 8:22 am

3. French cold wave (France, $5.6 billion)

Don’t worry about us, everyone has spent 2020/21 drinking like a footballers wife here, the volume is down but the sales are through the roof. Except Champagne, understandably.

Looks like we’re not alone in hitting the bottle though, exports have never been better 😉

Reply to  griff
December 27, 2021 10:07 am

Once again, griff can only counter data with already disproven lies.
In fact that article griff criticizes specifically and directly refutes the latest griff lies.

Smart Rock
Reply to  griff
December 27, 2021 10:11 am

OK Griff – who defines what a “1 in 1,000 years event” is, and how do they define it?

I have the impression that it’s just a term used by journalists and other alarmists to emphasise the “bad news” aspect of what they are reporting, without reference to any historical records, or meteorological and hydrological formulas for estimating the intervals between extreme events.

Reply to  griff
December 27, 2021 10:48 am


Arctic Sea Ice today is at its second highest level for this date in the last 18 years, is that an extreme event that you can attribute to Global Warming?

Reply to  griff
December 27, 2021 11:06 am

There – fixed it for you.

The corrupt BBC haven of paedos like Savile for decades. Harris, and many others invents lies even worse than paedophilia.

“The BBC is reporting the facts!”
So some bloody w..nker called Griff is prepared to state they actually ever did something other than lies, propaganda and cover ups, including attempting to cover up the IDs of those reponsible for this shit Fake news factory……”Tony Newbery, a retired viewer and sceptic sent the BBC a Freedom of Information Act request to find who these “leading scientists” were. The BBC refused to say.”

sadly after spending 10s of 1000 on lawyers to defend the BBC rights to non divulatiuon of sources (the crappiest of crap excuses), the BBC were found out by the Wayback machine….

READ shitty Griff this is your shitty BBC!!

Greg Bone
Reply to  griff
December 27, 2021 2:23 pm

Yah there are only 4 places and events in the world so 4 of these 1 in a thousand years is a total catastrophe or could there be 100s of thousands of places and possible events and only having 4 is a miracle?

Pat from kerbob
Reply to  griff
December 27, 2021 8:36 pm

For every location you can list that had an above normal weather event this year I can name 100 that had nothing.

For every heat wave there was a cold spell elsewhere, otherwise the planet would have warmed instead of cooled.

On the other hand, you are still funny

December 27, 2021 1:22 am 2021 disasters due to man made climate change

Reply to  JohnC
December 27, 2021 1:38 am

With no historic context

Read the article to be better informed

Zig Zag Wanderer
Reply to  JohnC
December 27, 2021 4:37 am

Are you disappointed that more people aren’t dying from cold on the altar of your Doomsday Death Cult?

December 27, 2021 1:51 am

Is Ben Rich related to griff?

I think we should be told.

Reply to  fretslider
December 27, 2021 2:46 am

Nothing is related to griff.

Reply to  HotScot
December 27, 2021 2:47 am

Net zero….

Reply to  fretslider
December 27, 2021 11:20 am

Nut Zero…..

Richard Brown
December 27, 2021 4:15 am

We are getting used to the BBC, here in the UK. They lie constantly.
Just remember……the BBC knew all about Jimmy Saville, the paedophile they employed, but they ignored, denied and manipulated the evidence. The BBC exist to tell lies and fill their crap programmes with their lies.

Reply to  Richard Brown
December 27, 2021 10:17 am

Gives a whole new meaning to the phrase “in it for the children”.

Reply to  Richard Brown
December 27, 2021 11:21 am

Oh come on…..come on, come on come on, COME ON!

D’ya wanna be in my gang?

Reply to  HotScot
December 27, 2021 3:27 pm

You forgot:-

The report found 21 females, the youngest aged 10, were assaulted by Hall at the BBC between 1967 and 1991.
Young female visitors to BBC Manchester were jokingly referred to as “Hall’s nieces” who had come for “elocution lessons”, it said….It’s a Knockout

BBC culture “made it difficult to complain or rock the boat” and an “atmosphere of fear” still existed in the BBC to this day,….

BBC, are publicly paid to fail at its primary role of journalism & specialise in FUD, manipulation and propaganda.

December 27, 2021 5:07 am

Actually, global warmunist bleatings of “worst ever” climate are part and parcel of the media’s general approach to the news of hyping everything as a crisis … stuff that as little as a few weeks later everyone has forgotten about because the media have already moved on the the next three crises.

It’s gotten so bad that one of these days I expect to read breathless headlines about the coming “toenail clipper shortage crisis”. Whatever it takes to sell papers in the olden days, viewer ratings on television news, and now mouse clicks on the internet.

Yet, amazingly, no matter what happens, life goes on. The population of humans on Earth is the highest its ever been, with the longest lifespans, highest standards of living, most advanced infrastructure, and the most all pervasive communications between humans that the planet has ever experienced. And all those humans apparently have to have something to complain about, something to talk about, something to pat themselves on the back about as “survivors” of the Great Crisis.

Reply to  Duane
December 27, 2021 7:00 am

So True.
Governance these days consists of inventing existential crises and then “solving” them with taxpayers’ money.

Floods of propaganda are required though because neither the crises nor the taxpayers’ money actually exist.

Tom Abbott
December 27, 2021 5:13 am

We need a lot more of this reporting of our weather history.

Tony Heller does a lot of this on his website, but we need a lot more because the alarmists are using extreme weather events to promote their contention that CO2 is causing the extreme weather, and there are a whole lot of people who don’t have the age and experience to put current weather into context. Showing weather history will put things into context and will be a direct counter to the alarmist narrative about extreme weather and CO2.

You ought to see the weather headlines for the decade of the 1930’s. One weather disaster after another. Today’s weather is a “walk in the park” compared to weather decades ago. And none of the extreme weather in the decades past is attributed to CO2, but rather, is attributed to Mother Nature. Even the UN IPCC agrees with this.

December 27, 2021 5:18 am

¨Drought in China between 1959 and 1961 triggered the great famine, when an estimated 30 million starved to death. Although the death toll was largely a result of Mao’s Great Leap Forward, drought certainly played a part.¨

But the transatlantic is of course way ahead with The Great Leap Backward.
Nature hits hard as with drought then, and COVID now, when politics goes insane.

very old white guy
December 27, 2021 6:06 am

Sure is a good thing disasters are regional and not world wide. 1961 was just another year where I lived. No problems and the weather was the same as it had been all my life to that point.

Tom Abbott
Reply to  very old white guy
December 27, 2021 3:10 pm

The same here.

Rod Evans
December 27, 2021 9:15 am

The more selective reporting put out by the BBC the less respected it becomes. Now that is some achievement in light of how utterly untrustworthy it has become.
No one with average brain function listens or watches the BBC these days. Even the millennials that the BBC considers its disciples in the faux climate change propaganda don’t watch or listen to it.

CD in Wisconsin
December 27, 2021 9:24 am

In addition to placing today’s meteorological events in historical perspective, the total property loss valued in the affected country’s currency needs to be placed in the perspective of the country’s Gross National (or Domestic) Product (GNP/GDP) for that year. This also is something that Griffy–poo, the BBC and most everyone else in the climate scare camp never seem to do.

In other words, the value of property lost from natural disasters and extreme meteorological events represent what percentage of the nation’s GNP or GDP for that year? It seems to me that this would be a valuable and enlightening way of putting disasters in a proper perspective because it takes economic development and population growth through the years into consideration. The same could be done for lives lost. Lives lost divided into total population.

I did a quick engine search and could not find much of anything about taking this approach toward evaluating property losses from disasters. At least not on the first page of the links provided. If anyone out there knows of such a study or studies, I would appreciate seeing them posted here.

I realize that looking at disasters from the perspective of data seems cold and uncaring, and I apologize for that. But the alarmists are the ones who keep linking disasters to climate change, are they not?

Dave Fair
Reply to  CD in Wisconsin
December 27, 2021 9:46 am

Look up Dr. Roger Pelkie Jr.’s work. He has been involved in seminal and ongoing work quantifying “Normalized Damages” that put the economic impacts of disasters in the frame of then-existing GDP, population, infrastructure at risk & etc. in comparison with current conditions.

Bruce Cobb
December 27, 2021 10:30 am

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Peter Fraser
December 27, 2021 11:56 am

The weirding of the weather in that era was often blamed on the open air nuclear testing. In my region in the Pacific where much above ground U.S.A. was being carried out it was common to hear such discussions among members of the rural community

Chris Nisbet
December 27, 2021 4:17 pm

NZ TV ‘news’ is at it as well.
Given as evidence of the climate crisis this year includes…
– the floods in Germany
– the floods in NY and China (remember the images of people stuck in trains?)
– the December tornadoes
– the heat dome in the US north west.
– the pub in the north of England where they were snowed in for days.
– our own ‘unprecedented’ floods here in NZ where scientists told us they were 15% worse because of climate change.
– the fires in Greece.
– the Texas freeze.

Not a word of correction from anybody.
It is relentless.

December 30, 2021 6:21 pm

Severe weather all over.

  • Typhoon Freda trashed Victoria BC in 1962 (came to the eastern Pacific which is a rare event and combined with another storm)
  • Heat wave on the mid-wet coast in June 2021
  • Heavy rain on the mid-wet coast in November 2021

Meteorologist scientist Cliff Mass has rebutted claims the last two events were caused by Globull Worming, rather just a stackup of factors.
People in SW BC and adjacent WA state had not properly maintained dikes despite flooding in 1990 when the Nooksack River overflowed as it did in 2021. (It drains the northerly slope of Mount Rainier.)

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