Among the many things that Anthony Watts does well is simply to deliver news of cold-weather events that go completely unnoticed or underreported by the mainstream media. For whatever reason, heat waves, hurricanes, fires, and droughts rate high production costs, but catastrophic winter weather events like the one unfolding in Europe for the last two weeks do not.
This is scandalous, for two reasons that come to mind immediately: 1. The suffering associated with winter is extreme; the deaths (in the hundreds so far) are as real as those caused by weather events falling more comfortably within the global-warming narrative and 2. People who consume news actually wish to be informed, and the mainstream news purveyors are literally not doing their jobs.
Take Romania’s recent catastrophe. Does anyone honestly believe that if a hurricane were unfolding somewhere and imagery as compelling as that coming out of the Romanian countryside were available that Anderson Cooper, or whoever at the networks most wants to emulate him this week, would not be there in less than 24 hours, delivering the images and polishing the AGW narrative every step of the way?
Meanwhile, the Danube is frozen, roads are cut off, people are perishing from the cold, and the situation continues to unfold! Again: If this were a warm-weather event, it would be all over the front page of the New York Times with dire warnings regarding what it means. The Times and CNN have given the weather token coverage, mostly with photos showing the “pretty” side of ice and snow. But the weather gripping Europe, particularly Eastern Europe where U.S. news bureaus have effectively no reporters, is not pretty. It’s vicious; it’s lethal. What this weather event means is that predictions of colder winters and falling global mean temperature coming from scientists around the world and writers including this correspondent are to be taken seriously.