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Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Hotest recorded temps not in the last decade

Christine Newsom has Energy concerns, November 22, 2005
A recent article was published in the New England Journal of Medicine about all the health changes that have occurred in the last decade directly as a result of climate changes brought on by burning fossil fuels. These include quadrupling of asthma rates, thousands dying in record heat waves in the U.S. and Europe, and unprecedented spread of certain infectious diseases.
Humm. . . Thousands die in U.S. Heat Waves. In 1995, Chicago had a heat wave, and maybe 700 folks died, from the heat, not thousands. In Europe, the heat wave came in August 2003, when most of Paris was on vacation, abandoning thousands of old folks to fend for themselves. Over 15,000 died of government neglect as the whole government was on vacation and did not return until the heat wave was over. It was no hotter in Chicago or Paris than it had been in the 30s, 40s and 50s.

ILLINOIS

Jan 78 1986 Cahokia
Feb 83 2000 Kaskaska Rvr*
Mar 94 1929 Harrisburg
Apr 99 1989 Kaskaskia
May 107 1934 Sycamore*
Jun 108 1954 Palestine
Jul 117 1954 East St. Louis
Aug 113 1934 La Harpe
Sep 109 1925 Harrisburg
Oct 98 1953 Harrisburg*
Nov 89 1987 Waterloo
Dec 79 1982 Cairo

Note, that 1995 was not the hotest year.

Let's look at Paris:

The hotest temperature ever recorded in Paris since meteorological records started in 1873 was recorded on July 28, 1947 when the temperature in the city proper (Parc Montsouris) reached 40.4 °C (104.7 °F). During the deadly European heat wave of 2003, the temperature in central Paris (Parc Montsouris) "only" reached 38.1 °C (100.6 °F) during the day, while reaching 40.2 °C (104.4 °F) at Le Bourget Airport in the northern suburbs.

So, was it global warming in 1947 that heated up Paris? We had global cooling in 1947. Yes, the hand wringers were worried about the next coming ice age, not global warming. Was it global warming in Illinois in the 1930s and 1950s that caused the heat wave? Think about it!

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