On May 26, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) issued a press release warning of “another record-breaking heat season” for the northern hemisphere this summer, along with the potential of the COVID-19 pandemic amplifying the health risks of the hot weather.
Media outlets picked up the WMO warnings and spread panic stories of mayhem and climate breakdown among the public.
But veteran Swiss meteorologist Jörg Kachelmann, citing models from the ECMWF, doesn’t see any evidence of another “record breaking summer”. He tweeted:
Dear @WMO I've wondered since you wrote thishttps://t.co/2JEahOzwIi— Jörg | kachelmannwetter.com🇨🇭 (@Kachelmann) June 12, 2020
What forecast data led you to the conclusion that we could expect the hottest summer for the Northern hemisphere ever in this year. Wherever I look, I can't see any evidence.
Can you help me? Thanks. pic.twitter.com/zMrlZRtCTC
So far Kachelmann has yet to receive an explanation from the WMO.
Like the ECMWF model for the next 45 days shows, the northern hemisphere has extensive cool patches, and so no signs of a “record breaking northern hemisphere summer this year.
Whether it’s the World Health organization (WHO or the WMO, global institutions set up to guide policy are doing a lousy job and are in need of extensive reform, as some leaders have already called for.