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The Hottest Year on Record? A lot of hot air, more like–Booker

January 1, 2017

By Paul Homewood


Christopher Booker

The Hottest Year on Record? A lot of hot air, more like



Booker’s on form today:


Inevitably, as 2016 neared its end, the usual suspects, such as the BBC, were all piling in to remind us that it was “the hottest year on record”, with particular focus on the recent “super-heatwave” producing temperatures 20 degrees or more above average in the Arctic. But as usual it has been important to know just what all this fevered hype was leaving out.

The reason I so often quote the blog run by Paul Homewood, Notalotofpeopleknowthat, is that, uniquely on this side of the Atlantic and drawing on a huge range of scientific and historical data, he so expertly explains what we are not being told by the prevailing fog of propagandist groupthink emanating from governments and the media on all matters relating to climate and energy.

 a wooden cottage is covered in snow in the Talesh mountains, close to the Caspian Sea

It’s baking… Credit: AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi/AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi

Who might have guessed, for instance, how the closing weeks of “the hottest year evah” have seen unusual cold and snowfall across a vast swathe of the northern hemisphere: snow in the Sahara desert, Saudi Arabia, Syria, the Peloponnese, Korea, China. Blizzards across the northern United States from Montana to New England. Even in Siberia, not a stranger to extreme cold, locals have been stunned by temperatures as low as minus 60 degrees. A graph based on official data shows that snow extent in the northern hemisphere last autumn was the second greatest on record since 1967, and that five of the snowiest have come since 2010.

As for that “Arctic heatwave”, in a post headed “Going to the Arctic? Don’t bother packing that bikini”, Homewood shows a chart giving detailed temperature readings on Christmas Day for that entire region. Although in a small sliver around the North Pole temperatures were much higher than usual, thanks to warm air blowing in from the south, for much of the Arctic temperatures of minus 30 and 40 degrees were as usual for this time of year.

Homewood shows that similar warm spikes have regularly occurred before, not just in recent years but way back through the 20th century. According to the satellite records shown on Crysophere Today, last summer’s annual ice-melt was in fact less than that in seven of the previous nine years.

Of course even the most light-headed warmists concede that a significant factor in the recent global temperature rise was a record El Niño, that cyclical Pacific current which in its warm phase raises temperatures all over the world. But these have already plummeted from their 2016 peak by 0.5 degrees, even before the current has fully reversed itself into a cooling La Niña. By this time next year, we can expect all those excitable propagandists to have gone very much quieter.

  1. January 1, 2017 9:28 am

    Well done Paul for being Christopher Booker’s first port of call for factual information as an alternative to the BBC and Met Office (amongst others) propaganda.

    A Happy (and exciting) New Year to Paul and all who come here.

    • Gerry, England permalink
      January 1, 2017 5:10 pm

      I like the countdown clock to the end of Obummer. Just gone under 19 days now.

  2. 1saveenergy permalink
    January 1, 2017 9:45 am

    I was hoping for a warm New Year…..but I’ll be disappointed…. again, so will become a climate refugee & head for the Canary Islands, while you guys sit in “the hottest snow ever”.

    Thanks to Paul & everyone else exposing the scam.

  3. January 1, 2017 9:52 am

    About time the Telegraph gave you your own column Paul and a regular commission. Thanks for all the hard work last year it is much appreciated.

    • John Fuller permalink
      January 1, 2017 11:40 am

      Hear hear, Although rather than a column in the Telegraph, I’d prefer Paul to have a desk in Whitehall!

      • Gerry, England permalink
        January 1, 2017 4:59 pm

        Yes, you’d have to pay to read a column in the Telegraph now.

  4. January 1, 2017 11:17 am

    Booker is a rare voice of sanity at The Telegraph (though maybe sailing close to the wind with his employers in reporting on another website), besides Ambrose with his wind worship and Emily with her lack of journalistic scepticism they have this anti-fracking piece today, giving credence to the ludicrous utterances of the Green Blob:

    • John Fuller permalink
      January 1, 2017 11:35 am

      I suspect the Robin Hood Oak, mentioned in the article, is under more threat from the nearby Center Parcs site than hydraulic fracturing.

      • January 1, 2017 11:44 am

        I recall that a lot of coal mines extended under Sherwood Forest.

    • It doesn't add up... permalink
      January 1, 2017 1:45 pm

      The site is near Ollerton, England’s earthquake capital:

      The likely guilty parties are indicated on this map:

      I’ve been there a couple of times (Ollerton, not Centre Parcs). The coal mining heritage is quite evident. The Thoresby Colliery closed quite recently – 2015.

      • It doesn't add up... permalink
        January 1, 2017 2:15 pm

        I’m sure this evaluation from BGS of the Ollerton earthquakes would go down like a cup of cold sick with the anti-fracking lobby:

        The earthquakes have all been small, with magnitudes of less than 2.0 ML. The largest have had magnitudes of 1.8 ML. Many of the tremors have been felt by local residents. However, typically the strength of shaking experienced has been weak and some of the events were only just perceptible. Earthquakes of this size are not likely to cause any damage and the hazard from mining induced seismicity in the UK is typically low. There have been no reports of structural damage from mining-induced earthquakes in the UK in the past forty years and the maximum observed magnitude is ~3 ML. As a result, the seismic hazard and risk of damage is low. However, an event with a magnitude of 3 ML at a shallow depth could be strongly felt and could cause some alarm to local residents.

  5. January 1, 2017 11:47 am

    Alarmists have tried to exploit the natural phenomenon of El Nino to advance their arguments about man made warming, but anyone sensible can see the obvious problem with that.

    • Broadlands permalink
      January 1, 2017 6:19 pm

      Oldbrew… Is this sensible?

      El Nino…Kevin Trenberth in 2015:

      “Natural fluctuations are big enough to over whelm the steady background warming at any point in time.”

      “All of the impacts of El Nino are exacerbated by global warming…(which) sets the background.”

  6. January 1, 2017 2:48 pm

    The temperatures recorded in 2015 and 2016 are clearly explained by HadSST3.

  7. Athelstan permalink
    January 1, 2017 3:39 pm

    Global warming “a problem”? Politicians in alliance with the green regression, eco- wing-nutters and in cahoots with the giants of the corporate blob and myth making, is, the real problem.

    The great scam is just one part of it, we are committing by social engineering and through industrial suicide causing a catastrophe. As you like, open eyed and proudly do, our political and establishment rulers, cheering, in the case of the scum party Corbyn and all chortling at the tops of their voices and with all of their might, wave us off, over the cliff into the abyss.

    Conflate and be aware.

    Yesterday, I caught the end of some news channel report depicting footage of some recently freed up villagers living in a small town near Mosul, I felt as though I was intruding, one gentlemen was in tears, with the boundless, sheer relief and thankfulness oozed from his whole racked body. He was trembling nigh uncontrollably, such was his gratitude to be rid of the scourge of those evil barbarians and their misanthropic writ.

    I thought, yes mate you can cry tears of relief and I empathize as only a human being could and should, greatly, with your plight. But not so far away – is it? Actually as we breathe in this new year, there are those who incessantly mumble inane platitudes, pour soothing snake oils, would have us all believe that, we are safe here in the west are one and the same with the political claque – liars, who would also have us all believe in a chimera, warning the world about a threat which is non existent. While, in unison the Pangloss-ian blobists, in the same moment – tell us we “have no need of fear” from that other inhuman abomination – witnessed and suffered in and around from Mosul to the Levant, and far beyond there into Paris, Berlin and London. I do believe both threats are intertwined, we are being manoeuvred and in a pincer movement.

    Our enemies and there are many, scoff delighted at our weakness, they howl at our ovine leadership, their lack of fortitude and these enemies will view our obese, divided, lazy ways as what it is – an invitation. Just as the Visigoths saw ancient Rome and licked their lips, hubris abides, is all around the west, we wallow in it and drink it up.

    The PTB send us bread and circuses and tell us all about the lies, more lies and just spending £billions on endless insane policy initiatives dedicated to nebulous perils while berating us with specious virtue signalling “we only do this for you – friend!” aye but with abusing taxpayers – our money, are they not?
    On this island, as the world becomes a darkening place, here in and almost unilaterally are going in the exact opposite direction to the one which is required. Our whole way of life is so, no, absolutely dependent on gas and electricity and yet what are we doing?

    Since mankind first learned to kindle fire, energy has been our saviour, literally and figuratively. YET! Now in the Twenty first Century – they tell us we should ration energy, to stop burning the most efficient way of generating electricity – coal and gas and move off these ‘evil fossil fuels’ to attempting to use natural forces, wind and solar as, in the same breath berating, cajoling, coercing, telling us all we are to move away from gas heating our homes, where everything is going to be “electric” – binning £billions worth of appliances [call me a cynic, ooh…… I wonder who that will benefit – Siemens et al and the GERMAN CORPORATE BLOB…..AGAIN]…… if that ain’t collective madness, then, I don’t know what is.

    And of our defence and security? The UK political claque would have us believe that by somehow they only have our best interests at heart and anyways, our continued membership of the club of Brussels will be our champions and redeemers – if only you all drink the Kool Aid.

    Cyanide, by other means will be provided.

    Know the enemy, primarily, it lives in Westminster and Theresa May is it part of the problem it’s time to throw out the rubbish, and that, ‘even worse than George’ – idiot chancellor with her + the rest of them.

  8. January 1, 2017 10:40 pm

    The sea freezes at least once in the UK every.8 years doesn’t it ?
    I’d like to see a list
    ..cos at 6.45pm R4 They played a 5 min advert for Global Warming scare Narrative in the excerpt of the book about end of snow which was last week’s R4 book of the week.
    The guy said “my parents told me they’d seen the sea freeze in the north, but for me Ive not seen it in my life of 30 years.”
    He’s in Kent but I thought in Sandbanks Dorset it froze in 2009 , 2012 2015 ?

    • Gerry, England permalink
      January 2, 2017 11:59 am

      Depends on how you interpret ‘I’ve not seen it in my life of 30 years’. If you take that as personally, then perhaps not and in my 50+ years neither have I. What I have seen in my time are numerous reports on TV and in the press of the sea freezing around our shores. It is only likely to freeze in certain places where there is low movement of the water and perhaps a lower salinity due to a river being close by. But then I presume he was trying to make a warmist point anyway.

  9. Keitho permalink
    January 3, 2017 3:23 pm

    The DMI records for temperature in the Arctic completely support Paul’s contention that there is nothing unusual going on in the Arctic. These alarmists are just lame.

  10. January 7, 2017 9:57 pm

    Isn’t it horrifying when the major media, universities, EPA, DOE, NOAA, even the IPCC and NASA have become so politicized that they aren’t trustworthy.

  11. 150 Main Street permalink
    January 8, 2017 7:20 pm

    Bizarre behaviour of the Jet Stream dumps snow far to the south of its usual pattern – for a few days. This isn’t evidence of much besides climate disruption. It’s exceedingly warm above the Arctic Circle right now. How do you account for that?

    • January 9, 2017 10:24 am

      It’s happened loads of times before. Back in the 1970s, they blamed it on global cooling.

    • AndyG55 permalink
      January 9, 2017 10:46 am

      It is extremely , anomalously COLD in USA and Europe/Russia at the moment, How do account for that.

      Have you ever heard of a Jet Stream?

      Sometimes its get even wobblier than the AGW conjecture.!

      Main St……. lots of chai-latte, inner city, far-left ghettos in your area, hey 😉

      • 150 Main Street permalink
        January 9, 2017 8:10 pm

        You ask (sarcastically) if I’ve heard of the Jet Stream and thus I realize you aren’t serious. I notice the retreat to ad hominem too often. It makes me suspect lack of data to offer. Which is why it’s so frustratingly difficult to find any respectable counter-arguments to the current consensus, just insults to cover lack of evidence.

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