While a myriad of mainstream articles scream of 45+C days for Central Europe this week, I can only assume our popular news outlets will give similar attention to the anomalous cold currently bearing down on the continent, on course to arrive early next week…
“French officials have issued stark warnings about the risk to life,” reports the BBC. “Several cities, including Paris and Lyon, have restricted traffic to try and reduce the effects of pollution.”
Paris topped out at 33C (91.4F) on Wednesday, while Lyon reached 37C (98.6) — hot, certainly, but a risk to life hot? And to boot, Thursday’s forecast highs have now actually been revised down, with Paris now set of 32C (89.6F), and Lyon on for 36C (96.8F).
The Guardian ramps things up even further, calling this “a historic early summer heatwave,” in an article entitled, “Hell is coming: week-long heatwave begins across Europe.”
They are calling for temperatures of 45C (113F), claiming France’s all-time heat record of 44.1C (111.4F) could be broken on Friday.
The Guardian has also tried linking a number of deaths to the heat, “including two in their 70s, [who] died in southern France after suffering heart attacks and other problems while swimming” in cold water. The article goes on to admit that “there was no immediate confirmation the deaths were related to the heatwave,” and that “French authorities have warned of the dangers of diving into cold water in very hot conditions”.
Back with the BBC, “In Toulouse, where temperatures are expected to reach 41C (105.8F) on Thursday, charities have been handing out water to homeless people.”
But where the BBC are screaming for 41C (105.8F, local forecasts are predicting a high of 38C (100.4F) — again, still hot but heatwaves are supposed to hot, and there’s nothing exceptional about this one.
Wednesday’s high in Toulouse peaked at 36C (96.8F) — again, hardly life threatening, particularly for a city located in the South of France that has an all-time record high of 44C (111.2F) — set way back in 1923 (solar minimum of cycle 15 — nestled within the previous cluster of cycles similar to the one we’re exiting now, 24):
The mainstream media relies on people being too busy, lazy or trusting to fact-check.
They get away with pushing whatever narrative they want, and their writings are often regarded as gospel, especially where science is concerned, for some reason — “scientists say” after all.
News of heatwaves gets regurgitated across the web, whereas the UK’s historically cold June, for example, fails to get a mention; also not worthy is the United States suffering it’s coldest Oct-to-May on record; nor is Colorado receiving heavy snow on the first day of summer; and Greenland now gaining near-record amounts of ice in summer doesn’t get a solitary printed paragraph.
The media bias is clear.
And you won’t have heard, but there is in fact a vast trough of anomalous cold on course to collide with Europe early next week. And according to latest GFS runs, not many places will be spared, particularly in Northern, Central and Eastern regions:
GFS TEMP ANOMALY (C) — JULY 01 to JULY 07
This anomalous cold in summer will likely have serious implications for growing regions across the continent, hampering the progress of young crops and having a far more detrimental affect than a few days of heat.
The front is long-lasting, too — with mid-range models currently foreseeing frigid conditions for at least the first half of July.
The cold times are returning, as our sun enters it’s next Grand Solar Minimum cycle.
GSM + Pole Shift
[Featured Image: Sebastien Bozon/AFP, used by The Guardian — well they had to fit a Polar Bear into the narrative somehow]