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Hamilton weather comes and goes … on and on

by Gord Bowes, News Staff

Hot enough for ya? Two summers ago, we were sick of anyone who said that. This year, there really hasn’t been reason to say it.

Hot years, cold years. That’s just the way it is. Some years we’re complaining about all the rain; other years we’re praying for it.

It’s been that way since time immemorial. And just as long, there has been talk of doomsday when there’s been some extreme weather.

Weather is full of anomalies. In fact, you can say anomalies are the norm, as weather so rarely falls in line with what the “normal” (average) is for a given day.

However, in recent years every time it rains, or heats up, or cools down, or there’s a weird cloud in the sky, the words “climate change” aren’t far behind. It’s almost like a religion, complete with its own doomsday prophecy.

Question the dogma of climate change or the assertions of its deities, like Al Gore, and you are labelled a heretic.

Point out that we’ve had weather as bad or worse in the past and you’ll be told it’s not the same as what is happening today.

But let’s look at July 1868, about the hottest year the Hamilton area has ever endured. (Go to and follow the Historical Climate Data links)

The data for four days of that month are missing (they didn’t take readings on Sundays) so the average daily high is likely a bit lower than the 34.1 C it suggests. But the fact remains there were at least 23 days with a high of 30 C or more — and three days where the mercury topped 40 C. In 2012, that scorcher of a summer we remember so well, the average daily high was 31 C and we only had 19 days with highs in the 30s. The highest temp was 38 C.

July 1869, however, it was on the cool side of “normal” — just five days of 30 C and an average daily high around 26. On July 14, 1869, the high didn’t crack 20 C (68 C). Same day a year earlier, it was 41 C (105 F).

One anomalous year doesn’t prove or disprove anything. Even 10 years doesn’t show a trend when it comes to weather. But understand that the cold or hot or wet or dry weather we are having these days has also happened in the past.

It’s funny, science is supposed to be questioned and tested. It’s supposed to stand up to scrutiny. But apparently not with climate change.

When a politician says, “The science is settled,” you have to understand there is a reason for saying that.

Whether it’s an excuse to spend billions of dollars, a la the arms buildup during the Cold War, or to cover up poor planning or failing infrastructure, you can see why politicians are pushing climate change.

Follow the money, as is often advised in the news business, and you will find the truth.

Don’t expect the truth from a politician and don’t have blind faith in someone who may be a member of a cult.


Gord Bowes is Editor of the Mountain News

2 Responses to “Hamilton weather comes and goes … on and on”

  1. Hamiltonian says:

    Really? Mr.Bowes should learn some basics about weather and the difference between weather patterns and changes as opposed to CLIMATE. Looking back within your lifetime or even a century will not give you enough information regarding climate as it is much slower to change but even smaller changes cause disruption.

    It is not dogma as it is not based on faith but on science. The reason you might have been labelled a “heretic” for denying climate change because it is a sound scientific fact so it is as ridiculous to deny as gravity or other known scientific fact.

    The only dogma being promoted regarding climate change is denial as it is based on faith in a few vocal naysayers rather than the science put forward but virtually all the rest of the scientific community and that is a community that is not quick to some to a public consensus on anything.

    I suggest doing some real homework and quit embarrassing our community with such ludicrous misrepresentation of the facts.

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