There’s a blackout within the mainstream media in Germany. If one googles “Kältewelle USA” (cold wave USA), a common term used by Germans to describe a spell of cold weather, only 6 sites are offered for the last 24 hours!
One example is from the German online FOCUS magazine. It presents 2 blurbs at its news ticker. it writes:
20.44: The so-called Super Bowl will take place this coming Sunday in the US state of New Jersey. A report in the newspaper ‘New York Times’ wrote that it could be the coldest Super Bowl of all time – because for the first time it will take place at an especially northern region of the country.
20.30: The USA is also struggling with a new cold wave. At the east coast and in the midwest many schools and highways have been closed. As the National Weather Service predicted, the Arctic weather front could reach all the way into the normally warm southern states, bringing near freezing temperatures. In Chicago temperatures could drop to minus 20° Celsius.”
But that’s about it when it comes to news from Germany on the US cold wave. Unfortunately for European climate activists, the Super Bowl will certainly bring vivid photos of the bitter cold that’s gripping the US to millions of viewers in Europe, thus potentially making it the Inconvenient Super Bowl.
63 people die of “unusual cold” in Thailand – coldest in 30 years!
Meanwhile not only is cold gripping North America and Eastern Europe, but it has also plunged all the way down into Thailand. The German-language Farang.com reports of a brutal winter taking place in the normally tropical Asian region this year. It writes:
In Bangkok the temperature dropped to 15.6°C. Authorities reported on Thursday a new cold record and are speaking of an unusually cold winter in Thailand. It hasn’t been this cold in Bangkok since 1983, said Songkram Aksorn of the weather authority.”
The Farang.com also writes of 63 deaths due to cold over the last three months.
This cold spell is the longest in a decade, said Khun Songkram. Also the rice harvest has been impacted sei, exporters said.”
Cooling leads to more protests
But not everyone minds the cold weather. Farang.com adds:
The organizers of street protests against the government have been satisfied: The weather was good for demonstrations. Thais like the cooler weather“, said Akanat Promphan, a leader of the government protesters.”