Ho Hum. Europe Experiences Highest Temperatures Ever Recorded In June

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Copernicus Climate Change Service is an arm of the European Center for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts, which in turn is an instrumentality of the European Union. In a report dated July 2, the C3S announced that the average temperature in Europe for June 2019 was higher — at 2º C above normal — than during any other June on record.

record temperatures in Europe C3S
Credit: ECMWF, Copernicus Climate Change Service

Sparked by a hot air mass leaking into Europe from the Sahara Desert, most of France, Germany, northern Spain, northern Italy, Switzerland, Austria, and the Czech Republic sweltered in June, especially during the last 5 days of the month. According to C3S data, when compared to the average for the same five days during 1981-2010 (the standard 30-year climatological reference period), temperatures of 6-10° C above normal were prevalent.

C3S also reported that the global average temperature for June 2019 was the highest on record for the month. It was about 0.1° C higher than that of the previous warmest June, which occurred in 2016 in the wake of a strong El Niño event. Below are two charts that ought to scare the bejeezus out of anyone with an IQ greater than an avocado.

The first shows the increase in European temperatures since 1850 and the second shows the increase in global temperatures over the same period. The trend line makes it perfectly obvious what is happening, but what it really startling is the sudden increase for the current year. Yikes, people. We are in big trouble and it looks like more is on the way.

C3S average temps since 1850
Credit: ECMWF, Copernicus Climate Change Service

Is it time to start being concerned? Not according to the politicians and the business community. Carbon tax? Too expensive! We can’t afford the cost of addressing the problem in any sort of meaningful way, so it’s best to just ignore it. Maybe an asteroid will hit the Earth and wipe us all out before a climate calamity takes place. Why forego all those lovely profits just because of something that might happen at some point in the future?

Some say God gave humanity dominion over the Earth and everything on it. They extrapolate from that notion the idea that we are free to destroy it if we choose to do so. But perhaps there is a corollary to that theory. Perhaps the Creator is watching what we do so He can make a new, improved version of humanity — one that will know enough not to foul its own nest with its waste products — in a million years or so when the Earth has had time to heal the damage done by the first group of humans He installed on an unimportant little planet at the edge of the Milky Way.

Call it Humanity 2.0, if you will. Almost anything would be an improvement over the group of braindead know-nothings that are running the show now. It is unfortunate that so many will have to die in order to give God the data He needs to improve the species, but human nature being what it is, there seems to be no other choice.

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