Record snow and cold Arctic air have blasted across Central Europe this weekend. FOCUS magazine here for example writes that up to 15 cm of snow blanketed parts of Germany, wreaking havoc on travel. Hat tip DirkH.
Just a week ago, Europeans were basking in near summer-like temperatures. But over the course of one week, the mercury plummeted 20°C. “That happens probably about every 30 to 40 years,“ says meteorologist Christoph Hartmann of the German Weather Service (DWD). “That happens maybe once or twice in a lifetime.”
Focus writes that for many locations “it was the first measured October snowfall”.
German public television: “Proof of rapid climate change!”
So what is to blame for the early winter outbreak this year? “Global warming,” says the German ZDF public television news anchor Claus Kleber, see here. He says:
“It’s nothing dramatic, that is until you ask the climate scientists. They say it is precisely because of global warming. When the ice at the North Pole melts away, then it doesn’t simply mean that it is going to get warmer in Europe. The relationships in climate are more complicated than that. According to the models, the rapid temperature drop of last few days is proof that our climate is rapidly changing.”
This is just stupid propaganda from charlatans, which thankfully only a few idiot ZDF listeners will believe. Most Germans are laughing at this rubbish.
So what could possibly be the source of this utter nonsense, you may ask? Answer: That source is IPCC scientist Prof. Mojib Latif of the GEOMAR Institute in Kiel (see video link above).
Now, the following video (in German) tells you everything you need to know about Latif.
The professor has one big problem: he has a huge habit of saying anything to seize the moment. As a result he has a rap sheet of public statements that directly contradict each other. He’s not truthful.
He says it’s getting warmer, then he says it’s getting cooler. He said we’d never see snowy winters again, now he says we’ll see more of them. He says natural cycles play a major role, and then turns around and says they don’t. Is this guy hopelessly confused or what!
Rainer Hoffmann at the European Institute for Climate and Energy here has put up a Youtube video (see above) with a compilation of Latif’s quotes, which I now provide in English as follows.
MOJIB LATIF’S STATEMENTS ON CLIMATE CHANGE
Oct 17, 1990
“The global temperature can rise 3-4°C by the middle of the next century.”
“For the next 20 years, we believe it is going to get colder.”
“Winters with strong frost and snow like those we had 20 years ago will cease to exist at our latitudes.”
Jan 21, 2006
“We are now causing an enormous warming for the next 100 years.”
Mar 1, 2007
“Today we can clearly show that global warming is global. Today we can clearly prove that ice and snow are dramatically reducing. And we can prove that CO2 increases come from burning fossil fuels, i.e. is caused by man.”
Jan 9, 2008
“If we keep on as we are, then in 50 or 100 years we will see a climate warming that man has never seen before.”
Nov 23, 2009
“No doubt there’s been a pause in global warming.”
Dec 2, 2009
On why it hasn’t warmed in 10 years: “We’ve been observing over the last few years that the temperatures in the equatorial East Pacific and also in the region of the southern ocean is cooling, and that is countering global warming. […] We haven’t taken natural fluctuations enough into account.”
Feb 9, 2010
“There are natural fluctuations at play. We believe that over the next years there is a natural fluctuation that will brake the warming, and for that reason we will see no further warming.”
Oct 22, 2011
Overall climate change is leading to more frequent extreme events. Extremes with respect to temperatures. That means in Germany we will get temperatures well over 40°C and at times almost 50°C. We will get extremely hot nights. We will get droughts that will be interrupted by horrendous rains…”
Feb 13, 2012 hatchet job
On Vahrenholt’s book / role of natural cycles: “I haven’t read the book. I’ve seen excerpts. It’s science from a nut-house. It’s pseudo-science, a collection of banalities, or wild speculation. It’s got nothing to do with science.”
Oct 27, 2012
Global warming causes the ice to melt. This means we have a huge heating area. And this heating causes the global wind system to disrupt. And thus high pressure systems form to the west. Lows form to the north and that leads to cold Arctic air getting pumped down.”
There you have it. The flip-flopping climate scientist in chief who will say anything to get into the spotlight.