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The Day The Earth Caught Fire

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Well, perhaps not quite yet, but things are warming up a bit.

  • The Met Office say this month is set to be the warmest April in Britain since records began in 1659. The average temperature in central England from April 1-25 was 11.1 degrees Celsius, 3.4 degrees above the norm.
  • In the Netherlands, the KNMI weather institute said this month is the warmest and sunniest April on record. With no rain since March 22, April is set to be the driest for 100 years. Farmers are pumping water from canals and rivers to irrigate crops which are already showing signs of drought stress.
  • The German Weather Service has reported the highest April average temperature at 12 degrees since records began in 1901.
  • In Hungary, mid-April temperatures were 5-6 degrees Celsius above average. Grain and oilseed crops have been seriously affected by drought.
  • The River Po, which provides irrigation for one-third of Italy’s agricultural production, fell on Sunday to 6.53 metres (21 ft 5 in) below its normal level at one control point, having fallen 80 centimetres in a week.

If I didn’t know better, I’d be tempted to think the climate was changing.


Written by Pete Smith

April 27, 2007 at 4:47 pm

Posted in Climate change, People

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  1. Snap! 🙂


    April 27, 2007 at 4:50 pm

  2. It will get hotter. Not only will the planet get hot, but the heavens are reserved unto fire as well, against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.

    Amen, Amen, “The day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.”

    The Word of God tells us that he “has appointed a day in the which he will judge the world in righteousness.” By Jesus Christ alone may man escape condemnation, for God is the justifier of him that believeth in Jesus. But “how shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him?”

    What about you? Are you ready for that day? Whether you are ready or not, you can be assured that, “it is appointed unto men once to die, and after this the judgment.”

    Publicly Preaching the Salvation and the Judgment of Christ

    Ben Maulis

    April 27, 2007 at 9:19 pm

  3. Sorry Ben, not really my cup of tea to be honest.

    Pete Smith

    April 27, 2007 at 10:30 pm

  4. Or coffee. Didn’t Jesus die 2000 years ago. But hey, if he was around now he’d probably make a good UN Secretary General.


    April 28, 2007 at 9:08 am

  5. Hi matt,

    Nah, Jesus was too honest to be involved with the UN.

    As to the warm Europe, don’t worry. We’ve balanced you out over here in the States, where we have had a record setting cold winter. We’ve also set records in snowfall across our Northeast, and rainfall records in areas further south. This tends to make me think that more Government research money should be going into ways to trade weather.

    the Grit

    the Grit

    May 1, 2007 at 7:33 pm

  6. Not sure we’ll be buying your sort of puff 😉


    May 1, 2007 at 9:45 pm

  7. Just because it’s unusually cold in the US doesn’t mean there’s no such thing as global warming. Just imagine the global climate as a glass jar full of liquid. If you heat it up, you’ll see convection patterns as the energy is distributed. That’s what’s happening to our climate, excessive heat in one region is matched by below-average temperatures in another.

    The pot is starting to bubble.

    Pete Smith

    May 2, 2007 at 9:20 am

  8. Global warming means that our planet’s average temperature is rising over many years.

    The Met Office quote puts our April heat in perspective:

    The warming trend seen in the CET since the 1980s is consistent with climate predictions from the Met Office Hadley Centre, which undertakes research on the effect climate change could have in the UK and around the world.

    April in England is just one dot on a graph in a place and time we know. The dot’s placement is consistent with a trend of warming, but that single dot in one place and time does not prove nor deny the existence of global warming all by itself.

    Of course, in terms of record-breaking weather it is still remarkable.

    Anyway, it is colder today, and rain is forecast for the weekend, but that does not prove there is no global warming either! It is just results in another single dot on a single place for a single time on a graph or map. Climate scientists and mathematicians analyse millions of such dots to plot trends and build climate models.


    May 3, 2007 at 8:48 am

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