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December 19, 2007

Al Gore says global warming is a planetary emergency.  It is difficult to see how this can be so when record low temperatures are being set all over the world, says David Deming, a geophysicist, an adjunct scholar with the National Center for Policy Analysis, and associate professor of Arts and Sciences at the University of Oklahoma.

Unexpected bitter cold swept the entire Southern Hemisphere in 2007.

  • Johannesburg, South Africa, had the first significant snowfall in 26 years.
  • Australia experienced the coldest June ever; in northeastern Australia, the city of Townsville underwent the longest period of continuously cold weather since 1941.
  • In New Zealand, the weather turned so cold that vineyards were endangered.

In the United States:

  • In April, a killing freeze destroyed 95 percent of South Carolina's peach crop, and 90 percent of North Carolina's apple harvest.
  • At Charlotte, N.C., a record low temperature of 21 degrees Fahrenheit on April 8 was the coldest ever recorded for April, breaking a record set in 1923.
  • On June 8, Denver recorded a new low of 31 degrees Fahrenheit; Denver's temperature records extend back to 1872.
  • On Dec. 7, St. Cloud, Minn., set a new record low of minus 15 degrees Fahrenheit.


  • On Dec. 4, in Seoul, Korea, the temperature was a record minus 5 degrees Celsius.
  • The Canadian government warns that this winter is likely to be the coldest in 15 years.

Source: David Deming, "Year of global cooling," Washington Times, December 19, 2007.


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