Aardvark Daily

New Zealand's longest-running online daily news and commentary publication, now in its 25th year. The opinion pieces presented here are not purported to be fact but reasonable effort is made to ensure accuracy.

Content copyright © 1995 - 2019 to Bruce Simpson (aka Aardvark), the logo was kindly created for Aardvark Daily by the folks at

Please visit the sponsor!
Please visit the sponsor!

Global warming failure?

22 February 2021

Well here we are in the last week of the 2021 Southern summer.

To be honest, I feel somewhat short-changed this year.

One of the best parts of summer (for me) is being able to fall out of bed and wander around the house in just my shorts -- bathing in the glorious warmth, even before the sun is above the horizon.

Likewise, I love the extended periods of seeming unending sunny days, with nary a cloud or more than a gentle breeze to break the consistency of sun and warmth.

Obviously, the summer of 2020/21 was a huge disappointment to me, for a number of reasons.

Firstly, we had a lot of *very* cold mornings.

On several occasions this summer I had to turn on the heater at 5am to compensate for temperatures that were only a little above freezing. One morning was 3 degrees and several others barely made it to 5 degrees.

That is *not* summer weather!

Likewise we had too many days where the maximum daytime temperature was stuck firmly in the teens, rather than the 20s or even the 30s, where summer temps should live.

There was also a fair amount of wind, some of it combining with the lower temperatures and rain to produce days that were just downright miserable.

However, we were not alone in experiencing cold weather.

The UK and parts of Europe were hit with extreme cold as well -- even for winter. Polar blasts caused major storms that created lows unseen for decades across those regions.

Even the usually warmer state of Texas in the USA suffered such a winter storm that it compromised the integrity of electricity supplies and saw huge numbers left without power for many days.

On the flip-side of the coin, I don't see any reports of unseasonally warm or excessively hot weather anywhere on the planet. So where has all that heat energy gone?

At a time when rising CO2 and water-vapour levels in the atmosphere are supposed to be promoting global warming, isn't it somewhat odd that the planet seems to have gone cold on us?

I often joke about "New Zealand's four-week summer" but this year I'm thinking it's for real.

Or could it be that we are starting to see a new solar minimum quietly occurring?

Might it be that the sun's output has reduced somewhat, producing lower temperatures here on planet Earth in a quite significant manner?

Probably not... because I'm sure such an event would have been quickly identified and reported -- unless there's some reason not to -- such as not wishing to ankle-tap attempts to mitigate CO2-induced climate change by admitting that the planet has suddenly cooled.

I'm sure some one will chime in and say "it's just weather" and that the climate continues to warm overall. However, I do wonder where all the energy that produces our surface temperature has gone. If temps are down across the globe, that's a *lot* of energy that has to have gone somewhere... so where has it gone?

There have been many predictions of a new Maunder Minimum due to occur in the not too distant future but Lisa Upton, co-chair of the Solar Cycle 25 Prediction Panel and solar physicist at Space Systems Research Corporation in Westminster, Colorado, recently stated “there is no indication that we are currently approaching a Maunder-type minimum in solar activity". However, Cycle 25 is looking to be relatively weak in terms of solar activity.

This US government publication however, suggests that a grand solar minimum could be on the way, with very clear implications for global temperatures.

Who is right? What will the future hold?

Bah... all I know is that summer sucked and winter is coming so I'd better make sure I've got a good stock of firewood laid in.

Life is what it is... best to just enjoy it while we still can.

Please visit the sponsor!
Please visit the sponsor!

Have your say in the Aardvark Forums.

PERMALINK to this column

Rank This Aardvark Page


Change Font

Sci-Tech headlines



The EZ Battery Reconditioning scam

Beware The Alternative Energy Scammers

The Great "Run Your Car On Water" Scam


Recent Columns

The sunset of broadcast TV
Television has been around for more than half a century...

Another orchestrated litany of lies?
Every record has been destroyed or falsified, every book rewritten, every picture has been repainted...

Is this really 2021?
Welcome back to your daily dose after the Easter break...

Absolutely fascinating (and awful)
Sometimes the internet is just fabulous in the way it enables us to look back at history...

The internet is a wonderfully empowering medum...

Too much power!
Home solar systems have become quite popular...

I remember when...
While everyone gripes about the lack of silicon these days, it is perhaps worth remembering how things used to be...

TSMC, the catalyst for war?
The USA has held the title of world superpower and tech supremist for many years now...

Covid vaccine racism
New Zealand is about to roll out its CV19 vaccination program...

Blinkered by knowledge
Knowledge is a powerful thing...

Uncle Sam wants to tax me
As a YouTube content creator who receives a paltry income from adshare revenues from the platform...