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How bout this heat?

August 13, 2010 - Ron Deuter
Much has been made in the news recently regarding how hot the summer has been in the northern hemisphere. Our own paper ran an AP story on page 5-A Thursday that details the extent of this summer’s record heat while conveniently pointing out how it fits right in line with predictions of those who believe man is responsible for the warming of the planet.

I’ve seen countless other news stories also suggesting this summer is proof positive of global warming.

Call me curious, but if the record heat waves are proof of global warming, how do the climate scientists explain the brutal, record-breaking winter occurring in the southern hemisphere? Interesting how little we’ve heard about that.

Parts of South America last month experienced the worst cold in nearly half a century.

In mid July millions of fish were found dead, floating down four major rivers in Bolivia. Temperatures there had dipped to around freezing for an extended time. The rivers had frost on the banks and the water temps became too cold to support tropical fish.

It's been snowing in southern Brazil and Argentina’s northern provinces (geographically sub-tropical). Argentina has been importing record amounts of energy in response to its coldest winter in 40 years.

Fifty-year lows were recorded in Peru, where hundreds of deaths are being attributed to the cold. There are also reports of thousands of cattle freezing to death on pastures in Paraguay and Brazil.

Also lost in the headlines is the fact that our southern west coast is experiencing a near record-cold summer. Los Angeles has had below average temperatures every month since April, and the entire southern California region is running about five degrees below normal this summer.

The heat is garnering all the press lately, but I suppose if the cold became headline news, someone would find a way to blame it on global warming too.


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