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BBC’s Fake Heat Record Claims

July 22, 2018

By Paul Homewood



Last week, the BBC seriously misled the public about so-called “heat records”, as I noted in this post here.






In particular the BBC made a song and dance about Southern California, even though the LA records were seriously compromised by siting in car parks or next to air conditioning exhaust vents.


But how does the recent Californian heatwave really compare with historical weather?


Fairmont is a rural USHCN station, just 110 km north of LA, and with a long term record dating back to 1922. (There is some data going back to 1909 as well):




Fairmont’s weather station is sited amongst low brush, well away from any UHI influences, and has been on the same site, to within about 100m, since 1909.


In other words, just the sort of site to measure climate trends.

NOAA, in conjunction with regional climate centres, such as the Northeast Regional Climate Center, has developed the CLIMOD2 toll, as way to easily access historical climate data. The NRCC’s version is maintained by Cornell University.

CLIMOD2 uses official NOAA data, and shows that the top temperature this month at Fairmont was 106F:

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Below is the chart of daily max temps for Fairmont. Click on the chart for better clarity:



As we can see, July temperatures of 106F are not unusual at Fairmont, the red band marking the upper temperatures historically recorded for each day:


CLIMOD also provides a graphing tool, which shows the highest temperature recorded each year.

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We see that temperatures of 106F and above were common during the 1920s and 30s, as well as later in the 20thC:



The table that is given with the graph, shows the picture best of all:


The record at Fairmont was 111F set in 2002. Prior to this year, temperatures of 106F and over were recorded in 29 years.

One of the hottest Julys at Fairmont was that of 1931, when the temperature also peaked at 106F. In that month though, temperatures reached 100F or more on eight days, compared to just three days in the recent hot spell:


The reality is that the Californian heatwave earlier this month was not unusual, or any sort of record, as the fraudulent BBC report implies.



At the end of every BBC News Report, it says:



Their latest “Heat Records “ article shows exactly why you cannot trust BBC News.

  1. July 22, 2018 3:15 pm

    Reblogged this on Climate Collections.

  2. July 22, 2018 3:29 pm

    They’ve rejigged that logo Paul

    • July 22, 2018 5:02 pm

      Why you can trash BBC News – because it’s lost in a world of hopeless alarmist confirmation bias when it comes to supposed climate stories.

    • Joe Public permalink
      July 22, 2018 8:31 pm

      An old ‘un, but still a good ‘un:

  3. July 22, 2018 4:13 pm

    Trust in the BBC is a joke. The BBC manufactures fake news on an industrial scale. It also ignores genuine news that you have to go elsewhere to find.

  4. John F. Hultquist permalink
    July 22, 2018 5:23 pm

    Thanks Paul.

    Note the caption under the orange-ish Getty image photo: “Parts of California have been suffering wildfires brought about by the record heat.

    While the word “heat” is common for temperature, it is technically wrong. In 1953, Ray Bradbury published a novel – “Fahrenheit 451” – with the temperature in the title being that which will cause paper to catch fire. You can search on the title to find more.
    Natural temperatures on Earth (without lightning or lava) never get to 451°F., so most fires are caused by humans.
    [Recently, several fires in our area have started along highways. Sometimes this happens when a vehicle pulls off the road and the exhaust system (~800 to 1,000° F.) touches dry grass. Discarded cigarettes are sometimes the cause. Then there are “firebugs”, arsonists.]
    { Try this search string: Boylston Fire at 70,000 acres; I-90 }

    But the average for all forests is even higher. The latest research shows that nationwide, humans cause more than 8 in 10 — 84 percent. link to NPR

    Here is a link to a chart like one you show – – of daily max temps for Fairmont – – for the area where we live:
    Central Washington State
    Early February was somewhat warm, but overall things seem a bit cool.

  5. It doesn't add up... permalink
    July 22, 2018 5:26 pm

    The fact that the BBC now thinks it needs to make the advertising claim that it can be relied on is astonishing. In the days when it could be relied on, it had a reputation and no need to advertise.

    • Paddy permalink
      July 23, 2018 6:25 am

      I wouldn’t say “advertise” – “lie” would be more appropriate.

    • Jon Scott permalink
      July 28, 2018 5:34 pm

      Any time you see any reference or self aggrandizement of “quality” or “expert” you can be sure those quoting have neither and instead are very unsure of themselves

  6. MrGrimNasty permalink
    July 23, 2018 7:49 am

    As time goes by it is inevitable urban heat records will fall. You have an exponential UHI from ever more concrete/brick/tarmac and energy consumption(and hence waste heat).

    Man is very definitely affecting the climate he experiences on the surface, but his is nothing to do with CO2 global warming/climate change theory.

    The BBC should adopt the hypnotic snake in the Jungle Book as its emblem.

    ‘Trust in me, just in me, shut your eyes, slowly and surely your senses will cease to resist.’

    • It doesn't add up... permalink
      July 23, 2018 11:11 am

      Disney rather altered the character of Kaa:

      Just as the BBC alters the news.

    • Jon Scott permalink
      July 28, 2018 5:39 pm

      That “effect” is very local. It is akin to saying that by heating your house you are changing the climate……..akin to labeling cow farts as minor hurricanes. The worrying thing is we are producing generations in the West who have been deliberately indoctrinated and manipulated by a left wing education system into not questioning but to believe…….

  7. July 23, 2018 8:32 am

    R4 this morning, I noticed they used the term “in modern times” to justify their record temps etc etc


    • July 23, 2018 11:19 am

      And just how do they define “modern times?” It matters.

      • MrGrimNasty permalink
        July 23, 2018 1:00 pm

        A few days ago they were saying driest Summer evah since records began in 1961 – so that is probably ‘modern times’. It’s the usual trickery, lots of earlier data exists, just one particular MO level of detail starts in 1961.

      • Up2snuff permalink
        July 23, 2018 7:49 pm

        Joan! You don’t expect them to be careful with definitions, do you? 🙂

      • July 24, 2018 11:36 am

        Up2snuff: Actually I do expect them to be careful with definitions. Their studied careless use of “modern times” tells me they are up to no good.

  8. Bitter@twisted permalink
    July 23, 2018 2:56 pm

    What else do you expect from that vomiter of fake news?
    The Biased Bu11shit Cartel.

  9. MrGrimNasty permalink
    July 23, 2018 5:59 pm

    Not the BBC, but another possible contentious hottest day report?

    Met Office claimed Santon Downham reached 33.3C.

    Weathercast has Santon hourly (up to 18:00) going 29.7C 31.4C 32.1C 31.8C 31.6C.
    The continuous graph indicates a peak above 32C but certainly below 33C.

    32.3C tops seems more likely (just below the 32.4C/33C hottest so far this year Eng/UK).


  10. saparonia permalink
    July 23, 2018 7:15 pm

    Do as I did and throw out the telly.

    • July 24, 2018 11:49 am

      Great suggestion. My home became television free on Feb. 1, 2013. I found that I did not miss it from the get-go. As I live where I grew up, I shopped the house and read books my parents had or reread some from childhood–finally gave up on the “original” Robin Hood and marveled that daddy could read it to me.

      I watch things on YouTube: cooking, history, geology, etc. Also I watch President Trump’s speeches and White House functions in their entirety. For talks at events I try to go to the “full speech” version minus the room filling up scenes. I can watch segments of Sean Hannity or Tucker Carlson, just a day later. I listen to Rush LImbaugh every weekday and subscribe to his 24/7 so I can listen to anything I missed with shopping or appointments.

      My parents were not early fans of TV and we did not have one until 1965 when I was in college. Ridding my home of TV was one of the best decisions I made. The cat doesn’t seem to mind either.

  11. Peter permalink
    July 24, 2018 11:06 am

    Did this have anything to do with it.

    • MrGrimNasty permalink
      July 24, 2018 4:50 pm

      It’s difficult to track down the exact time and location, it seems there was more than one fire seat, and the reports that do give times and locations do not match with each other very well. All you can say is there were probably smallish fire(s) within 3km around the time of the highest temperature readings.

  12. It doesn't add up... permalink
    July 24, 2018 8:20 pm

    For those who wish to play statistical lie bingo with the BBC and Met Office:

    A Newsnight special on our “increasingly hot summers”!

    • MrGrimNasty permalink
      July 24, 2018 9:35 pm

      No thanks, it was horrific enough watching the BBC reporter salivating over the opportunity, sensationalizing, and exploiting the Greek fires tragedy.

      47 simultaneous fires? Clearly arson. It was suggested criminals wanting to loot abandoned houses were responsible. I’d also suggest it is also an easy ‘win’ for any terrorist. Either way, uncontrolled immigration is more likely to blame than climate change.

      • July 25, 2018 11:23 am

        58+ fires so far in Sweden. At the same time, the Government and responsable state agencies are stalling the process of fighting the wildfires … Radical left blame as usual ‘white middle-aged men’, while two arsonists has been detained, both [white] women.

      • July 25, 2018 6:01 pm

        Latest news from Sweden:

        The Swedish Airforce are bombing the wildfires

    • It doesn't add up... permalink
      July 25, 2018 10:59 am

      What do we have this morning? Newsnight deleting tweets with misleading headlines!

      Of course, it was Tamsin complaining that they had omitted to mention that warming was caused by climate change, rather than just being a weather phenomenon.

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