Next year will be the "hottest ever" according to yet another fear-factor headline.
So the Met office has been recording temperatures for 160 years of the 5 billion years the earth has been in existence.
That's 0.0000032% of "ever".
These people seem to conveniently forget that the world has been heating and cooling in natural cycles that far exceed what we are experiencing now. So there is about a 0.00000% chance that next year will be the hottest ever. There is plenty of evidence to show that the world has been hotter than now, even the recent middle ages were warmer.
It seems that weather reporting is now firmly in the hands of hyperbole.
Everything is "extreme" when the reality is that we live in average times.
The weather is actually our friend.
Sure we get good days and some bad days but to promote it as something to fear is pathetic.
We should just be thankful that we can enjoy the planet whilst it is in an interglacial period.
Here is a photo of what extreme temperature really looks like. Some time in the past ( B.C. Before Carbon) this would have been a photo of a large chunk of ice.
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