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Sky’s Extreme Weather Fairy Tale

July 9, 2021

By Paul Homewood


An utterly absurd piece from Sky News, which the BBC would be proud of:



Officials in British Columbia believe that record-shattering heat may be responsible for dozens of deaths over the past few days.

It is a stark and tragic example of what happens when regions used to one thing, in this case, rainfall and moderate temperatures, are suddenly faced with the other extreme.

Unfortunately, we can expect much more of this.

While it is always difficult to directly connect one single weather event to climate change, experts say that our warming world will make things like heatwaves, storms and droughts more frequent and more severe.

In its national climate assessment, the US government said: "Human-induced climate change has already increased the number and strength of some of these extreme events.

"Over the last 50 years, much of the U.S. has seen increases in prolonged periods of excessively high temperatures, heavy downpours, and in some regions, severe floods and droughts."

California is a great example of a place that is being shaped by climate change.

It is well used to devastating fire seasons, but braced for worse to come.

The state has been dealing with two years of drought and is expecting another, which not only provides perfect conditions for fires but has far-reaching implications for agriculture and ultimately the food supply.

Some farmers, for example, are already abandoning or choosing not to plant "thirsty" crops like asparagus and reducing herd sizes to conserve water.

California currently supplies two-thirds of America’s fruit and one-third of its vegetables, but one wonders how much longer this can continue to be the case.

The immediate human cost of heatwaves in Canada, flooding in Bangladesh, hurricanes in the United States and wildfires in Australia is of course high.

But the ripple effects caused by extreme weather events are what will multiply the stresses and strains on the systems that keep our world running.

Consider the economic cost of recovery from catastrophic flooding, which can and does run into the billions, as it did with Superstorm Sandy in 2012.

This is affecting the insurance industry, which has started to withdraw altogether from insuring some flood or storm-prone areas.

The knock-on effects on property prices can be devastating.

For tourism too, there are challenges.

Booking anything in some parts of the world during hurricane season seems foolhardy when the predictions are that these monster storms will get more frequent and more severe.

Then there’s the effect of extreme weather events on the movement of people.

Drought in Central America is one of the drivers of the great migration north.

Increasingly unpredictable rainfall in Southeast Asia has driven eight million people towards the Middle East, Europe and North America, and in the African Sahel millions are fleeing drought and crop failure.

The effect of more people squeezing into smaller areas is well documented; resources come under pressure, the risk of conflict increases, and so, of course, does the suffering.

These are just some examples of the fallout from headline-grabbing extreme weather events.

And as the heatwave in the pacific Northwest shows, even as the world scrambles to limit the worst outcomes of global warming, there are few places on Earth that will escape.



As I noted yesterday, ten times as many people die from cold in Canada than from heat. Excess deaths from associated with cold weather amount to about 10,000 people year, making Sky’s concern about a few dozen ridiculous.

But let’s look at some of their other claims.

I’ll ignore the frankly juvenile comments about hurricanes and flooding getting worse. Even the IPCC say this is not so. Similarly, droughts in California are not getting worse either. But what about:


 Booking anything in some parts of the world during hurricane season seems foolhardy when the predictions are that these monster storms will get more frequent and more severe.

Try telling that to the millions who flock to Florida every summer!


 Drought in Central America is one of the drivers of the great migration north.

On the contrary, UN data clearly shows that the value of agricultural production in Central America continues to rise year on year. It is evident that migration has nothing to do with the climate at all:




Increasingly unpredictable rainfall in Southeast Asia has driven eight million people towards the Middle East, Europe and North America

Again, UN data shows the opposite:



In the African Sahel millions are fleeing drought and crop failure

None out three is not very good, is it Sky?




When people tune into a news channel, they expect the facts – not some make believe.

  1. Douglas Dragonfly permalink
    July 9, 2021 10:34 am

    It is relentless. Clearly some hidden hand or other serves to ensure that reality still consistently does’t reach the public.

  2. Coeur de Lion permalink
    July 9, 2021 10:35 am

    Off thread I’m afraid but can’t help noting that Boris’s ‘Saudi Arabia of wind’ as I write is producing 0.65% of our electricity. Good taxpayer bargain.

    • Ray Sanders permalink
      July 9, 2021 8:56 pm

      ‘Saudi Arabia of wind’ Here’s the reality, as of 8th July the UK had imported more electricity from Europe in 8 days than the entire 31 days of July last year. It is actually not the tax payer but the energy bill payer who is footing the bill.

  3. Derek W Wood permalink
    July 9, 2021 10:51 am

    If only we had some kind of regulating body in broadcasting which could enforce retractions and grovelling apologies from national broadcasters for deliberately misleading their audiences in this way…

  4. Ian Wilson permalink
    July 9, 2021 10:53 am

    It’s a pity Sky UK don’t watch Sky Australia. The Conservative Woman today has a marvellous video by Rowan Dean (See Kathy Gyngell’s piece on global warming Australia) mocking world leaders and their climate hysteria. it lifted my spirits watching it, but as Kathy remarks, will we ever see anything like this on UK channels?

  5. July 9, 2021 11:51 am

    The state has been dealing with two years of drought

    Only two? California has always been subject to droughts. Next!

  6. Ron Arnett permalink
    July 9, 2021 11:54 am

    It is amusing to see the references to the weather in British Columbia put forth by the European media.

    For the benefit of readers here, the climate in Lytton and the larger, general area it is in, is not, not, not moderate. It is permanently snow covered and well below freezing for much of the year. In the summer the temperature hovers around 90 degrees plus Fahrenheit with extended periods of one hundred degrees.

    Lytton is always threatened by forest fire in the summer. Looks like this year they got a bad wind shift and lost a big part of the small town. Small town because the region is a very tough place to live. Very, very hot and dry in the summer. Life threatening cold and deep snow covered in the winter. The difference between widespread forest fire destruction and not is the difference between a La Nina year and an El Nino year.

    Those California crops that every one is so concerned about. They are grown in a desert. The area was never green until they started bringing in water and pumping it out of the ground. When I drove though it as a kid it was always a hundred degrees plus in the summer and much of it still desert but changing. It was also uncomfortable driving down the interstate highway because of the smoke from forest fires. Not to mention the delays caused by the highway being closed until safe passage through the forest fires was achieved.

    That was seventy years ago. Since then millions of people have moved into the area and there has been world market altering increase in the agricultural output from the region. But it is and has always in recorded history been a desert or semi-arid. To make the surface change, they started pumping water. Now the water table has dropped as much as a hundred feet in some areas. But all that is people change not climate change.

    Too see the media here in Europe where I live now now, hyping the …its never been like this before…. mantra is shocking. All they have to do is phone someone who lives there who is over twelve years old and ask them what it was like a few years ago in previous El Nino years.

    • Lorne Newell permalink
      July 9, 2021 12:51 pm

      I have traveled through that area every few years since 1963. The first time, 63, it was indeed desert terrain. Since that time it has steadily increased the irrigation and Boulder Dam, now called Hoover, was built to support the valley and LA. Lake Mead, Hoover Dam, has been slowly getting lower.

    • Ron Arnett permalink
      July 9, 2021 6:04 pm

      I forgot to add that several churches in the Lytton area have been burned down in the last couple of weeks as part of wave church burnings across the country. The whole Lytton fire thing is a little suspicious since it started in town rather than a raging forest fire sweeping in.

      • Romeo Rachi permalink
        July 9, 2021 6:38 pm

        I understand that the fire was caused because of a church burning getting out of hand. Eco-terrorists and Anitfa and BLM goons are to blame for what is happening across Canada. It is sad to see what has happened north of the boarder. Sadly, we are not far behind here in the states but we still have enough common sense individuals left to fight…At least for a little while longer.

      • Ron Arnett permalink
        July 9, 2021 11:09 pm

        The head of the B.C. Civil Liberties Association said that they should burn them all. She has not been reprimanded for the statement and some members of the board supported her. The former, long time right hand man of Prime Minister Trudeau (and still active with him) said it was understandable they were burning churches across Canada.

  7. Douglas Dragonfly permalink
    July 9, 2021 12:03 pm

    Having just read about how Russia and China want to wrestle control of the Web from America -reporting of things may well change. Articles on the weather might improve but at what cost ?

    Without a doubt programe makers repeat the same, well rehearsed mantra. This repetitiveness creates familiarity, with familiarity comes trust.
    An obvious example is David Attenborough.
    When they’ve won your trust they can sell you anything.

    (I was so very upset by the comment posted by Frank on here -June 24th 2021 11.40AM about David Bellamy – from the article titled ‘Climate Change Anxiety:Young People Feel Hopeless’).

    Then the unsuspecting are brainwashed.
    Covid has/is costing us unaffordable amounts, believing these CLIMATE CLAIMS will be the hammer upon the nails of this country’s coffin.
    I even get ridiculed at cycling groups for saying as much as ‘i don’t belive climate change is man made’
    People seem genuinely shocked that I should hold/voice such an opinion. I was expecting one man to scream ‘HERITIC !’

  8. Penda100 permalink
    July 9, 2021 12:17 pm

    Every day a new scare. Is there anything that can’t be blamed on climate change? Today in the DT is a report that we are all going to get smaller – over a few thousand years – because of climate change. People in The Netherlands are taller than Indians because of historical climate changes. Nothing to do with genetics or diet or lifestyles and no mention that prior to the industrial revolution Europeans tended to be much shorter. But it makes a good scare story and no doubt qualifies for some research grants to keep the scientists in the manner to which they have become accustomed.

  9. Chaswarnertoo permalink
    July 9, 2021 1:48 pm

    Went past a local house today, coal fire lit. Second warmest June Evah! My arse!

    • chriskshaw permalink
      July 9, 2021 3:51 pm

      Drs Spencer and Christy’s USH sat data also supports that it is globally cooler (data is same as 1990 to 2020 average) for June. Not sure what manipulation must going on that surface temps are so much higher.

      • chriskshaw permalink
        July 9, 2021 3:52 pm

        UAH not USH!

    • Phoenix44 permalink
      July 9, 2021 6:42 pm

      On average.

      That hides a great deal of information.

  10. Steve Budd permalink
    July 9, 2021 2:22 pm

    Doom and Gloom always gets the news, and good news is always pushed a sided by the Media as bad news catches everyones attention

  11. Gamecock permalink
    July 9, 2021 3:15 pm

    Keep the children scared.

    ‘While it is always difficult to directly connect one single weather event to climate change’

    No it isn’t! You connect every weather event to climate change. A couple of paragraphs of word salad doesn’t get you off the hook.

    It is the exact opposite of science when you attribute all events to a single broad concept, as in “It was an act of God.”

    ‘Climate change’ is a religion. No need to think; just call it climate change and be done.

    ‘California is a great example of a place that is being shaped by climate change.’

    The climate in California is not changing. Here’s a clue: the people of California will be far better off figuring out how to cope with their environment than thinking that if they can get rid of my car in South Carolina, they’ll be fine. Though I know what they are thinking: when they fail, it will be MY fault.

  12. July 9, 2021 4:03 pm

    The climate does change and has done so for aeons, as we all know, but we sceptics still get “climate (change) deniers” which appellations are as wrong as the alarmists are.

    • Gamecock permalink
      July 10, 2021 11:51 am

      Name one climate that has changed in the last 100 years!

      • July 10, 2021 2:13 pm

        Our climate in UK, in a fluctuating manner, as they do world wide
        Retreating/ reduced snowfalls represent that process, in Scotland.
        Another one is in Switzerland, where the glaciers retreat reflects that change.

        Not drastic or life threatening events though, despite David Attenborough.

      • Gamecock permalink
        July 11, 2021 11:42 am

        That’s weather, dude. Get it straight!

      • July 11, 2021 1:52 pm

        Gamecock: because they lack clearly distinguishing definitions, “weather” vs “climate” is an arbitrary choice for the observer, “dude” or otherwise.

      • Gamecock permalink
        July 11, 2021 10:28 pm

        Not about “they.” It’s about you, dude.

        Whataboutery is a poor excuse.

  13. markl permalink
    July 9, 2021 5:17 pm

    It’s all about the narrative and who’s controlling it. It has nothing to do with selling newspapers, click bait, or TV news ….. if it were it would be far easier to get people riled up about losing their lifestyle to AGW madness.

  14. Phoenix44 permalink
    July 9, 2021 6:40 pm

    This is complete nonsense too:

    “The effect of more people squeezing into smaller areas is well documented; resources come under pressure, the risk of conflict increases, and so, of course, does the suffering.”

    Singapore maybe? The Netherlands? London? New York?

    What happens has nothing to do with any of the stuff Sky are claiming. Rule of law, freedom, free markets, democracy. Then everything is fine. People are fleeing poor countries for rich countries, that’s all.

  15. David Wild permalink
    July 9, 2021 9:21 pm

    Also at it is the Met Office: “Increasing climate challenge to Wimbledon Championship
    Author: Grahame Madge”.
    They are all past the point of being crazy.
    The first “Grand Slam” of the year, Brisbane, is in a subtropical zone. Are they really expecting UK to become a subtropical zone?
    For the record, the usual temperatures at the Grand Slam seasons are (courtesy Wiki):
    Brisbane Jan 22-29C
    Madrid May 11.3 – 22.2C
    New York Sept 16.8-24.6C
    London (Kew) July 13.0-23.5C
    Also, we all managed to survive 1976, with5 days above 35C

  16. John Hultquist permalink
    July 10, 2021 5:55 am

    From Spokane, Washington State
    “Younger children and older adults, as well as people with underlying health conditions, are at higher risk for heat-related symptoms, and many of the people who died had underlying health conditions, according to the medical examiner. Others did not have the ability to get to a cooler location.”

    Sad commentary on communities and neighborliness.

  17. July 10, 2021 7:41 am

    It is because of this kind of drivel that I have not watched SKY or BBC news for years.

  18. July 10, 2021 11:58 pm

    Anyone notice, they’ve shut down comments on the article
    “Our goal is to create a safe and engaging place for users to connect over interests and passions.
    In order to improve our community experience, we are temporarily suspending article commenting”

    • July 11, 2021 12:26 am

      Maybe cos of backlashes like that, she has stayed off Twitter completely in 2021

      Maybe her 7,700 followers are all bots
      cos since April only 2 tweets have mentioned her.

  19. July 11, 2021 12:08 am

    The original SkyNews version gives a byline
    “by Climate change correspondent @hannahtpsky
    Thursday 1 July 2021 ”

    A Oct 8, 2019 comment about one of her articles promoting XR
    “@Ofcom Is this not Sky News inciting violence?
    Worthy of investigation I would’ve thought.”

    • July 11, 2021 12:11 am

      Ben Pile in 2019

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