I have been to some very hot places in my life. The absolute hottest was a flying visit to Kuwait City shortly after the first Desert Storm. There were still bullet pock-marks in the walls. Suspicious brown stains could still be seen here and there. But this was neither here nor there, because the overwhelming feature of Kuwaiti life is the extraordinary temperature and bone-dry air.
On my first morning there, I woke up at 5:30 AM for a 7:00 AM start and opened the curtains. It was a very well air-conditioned room, with double glazing. I saw a mark on the window and rubbed it with my thumb. Then I leapt back and rushed off to the bathroom to run some cold water over my thumb. The inside window of industrial specification double glazing at 5:30 in the morning was hot enough to fry an egg on.
When I went outside it was already 50 degrees Celsius.
It was absolutely the hottest I have ever been in my life.
If you were raised from birth in this and wore white, loose clothing, you might possibly get comfortable. Possibly. Nothing can survive without extraordinary amounts of water, provided at stunning cost made possible only by access to a sea of oil.
The surface of Venus is 462 degrees Celsius. Despite Venusâs atmosphere, water cannot form in this environment and it impossible for life as we know it to form or survive.
The barren surface of Mercury is also around 450 degrees Celsius.
Such temperatures are extraordinary. Exposure to such temperatures would lead to your body being dessicated to a mummy-like husk in minutes.
On the 13th of September 1922, the hottest temperature ever recorded on Earth was 57.8 degrees Celsius, at Al âAziziyah, Libya. On 10 July 1913, the hottest temperature in the USA was recorded in the fearsome Death Valley desert. The hottest temperature ever recorded in the UK was 38.5 degrees Celsius in Faversham on 10 August 2003.
The business of measuring temperatures has, mercifully become something that does not require the arduous involvement of people manually recording things. With satellite technology, pin-point precision in recording our temperatures has allowed us to become aware that mankindâs obsession with progress is slowly boiling the planet.
So what are we to make of the fact that satellites, under the control of an organisation that claims that we are cooking the planet, has been âcookingâ the temperature record in certain areas by between five and seven degrees Celsius? Apparently, the sleepy backwater above recorded a temperature of 315 degrees Celsius! The Great Lakes were recorded as having had a temperature of 200 degrees Celsius, or twice the boiling point of water.
Is it not strange that a body that promotes the idea of catastrophic man-made global warming has been claiming that its satellites offered unimpeachable data, while disseminating completely impossible data?
What are we to make of this?