Pier Crust Promises

I would like to be able to write that I am eagerly waiting for the World Climate Change conference in Lima Peru to produce a solution to the problem of the earth warming up, but however eager I am to write those words, I cannot in all honesty do so. There will simply be more hot air emanating from the delegates to that conference and any resolutions and decisions will be what Mary Poppins described as “pie crust promises” – easily broken. Continue reading

It’s Hotting Up

In August ten years ago Faversham in Kent recorded the higher temperature ever recorded in the United Kingdom. The good folk of Faversham felt 38.5 °C (101.3 °F). The highest temperature ever recorded on this planet was at Death Valley in California in July 1913 when temperatures reached 56.7 °C (134 °F).

These are exceptional temperatures, as you would expect record temperatures to be, about ten degrees higher than average temperatures.

While the United Kingdom has experienced a poor and sometimes sunless summer, the folk of the Western United States are suffering a heat wave. Temperatures are on average ten degrees higher than average. In Phoenix 47 °C was recorded while in Death Valley 51 °C was recorded and were forecast to reach very close to the record.

The Western United States is getting hotter, and it is still June. Back in the United Kingdom the forecast for this week end is for temperatures to reach 24°C this week end.