.I am totally disgusted at the way the media is exaggerating the heat wave that is currently hitting the US. It is politically motivated lying.
And most people seem to be totally deceived by it.
In reality, this heat wave is nothing unusual. People I have mentioned this to recently are surprised to learn that very few areas are having high temperatures over 100 degrees F. Most towns in the heat wave area are running in the low to mid 90's. But you would never learn that from the media.
For example, take a look at this prediction chart for tomorrow 22 July 2011 from The Weather Channel, that was displayed on the Drudge Report today:
It certainly looks horrible, doesn't it? 113 in Baltimore, 115 in Washington DC, 109 in Boston. Must be the end of the world. Global Warming! Time to panic and pass some serious taxes on oil and coal! We need to call on the Community Organizer to organize the community!
But wait a second. This is not a temperature map. It says "Heat Index" in the title. What is that? Well, it is a mathematical calculation that uses the temperature and the humidity to define an "apparent" temperature -- a "what it feels like" temperature.
In other words, it is fake. If you think that the word "fake" is too strong, please note that the heat index in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia on July 8, 2003 was 172 degrees F, which makes any of the heat indexes on the map above look very small indeed.
Here is the real temperature prediction map for the same date, tomorrow 22 July 2011, from Intellicast:
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Portions of the Mojave and Sonoran Deserts will be over 100 degrees F, as will an area in western Kansas and a good chunk of Virginia. The remaining areas of this "unprecedented heat wave" will be pretty much in the mid-90s. Hmmm... Looks like a normal late July pattern to me. I have personally experienced temperatures over 100 in all the areas predicted to be over 100.
(An aside: Even this map is biased. How can they justify using a hot orange color for July high temperatures in the 60's and 70's?)
I am really tired of all the lying being used to propagate the religion of Global Warming. Even the Global Warming "scientists" say that we have only warmed a degree and a half since 1990. That means that 95 degree heat waves would average 96.5 (but in reality natural variation would mask it). And that 1.5 degree increase is based on biased urban measurements (taken near parking lots and air conditioner heat exhausts for example) and "adjusted" data. Uncontaminated raw measurements from rural areas show no warming at all.
But a normal summer heat wave is a great opportunity to garner political power. The process is as follows: Only mention the heat index, not the temperature. Talk about rolling blackouts (but don't mention that they are caused by the fact we haven't been allowed to build new power plants for quite some time). Talk about deaths caused by heat (even though deaths caused by cold always outnumber them two to one). And harness the media to convert a normal summer scorcher into an "unprecedented deadly heat wave" that is caused by "human climate disruption". Quote some scientists saying that events like this will soon become the "new normal" unless we give the government the power to force us to stop using energy. Follow up with statements that Global Warming is "much worse than we had thought".
Sigh. People are so gullible.