January 2014 has seen some remarkable and contrasting weather across the world. In Australia, 2013 will go down as the hottest ever – Australia saw hottest year on record in 2013 – and 2014 started with record temperatures in Western Australia – Temperatures climb towards 50s as heatwave grips Western Australia.
In the UK, flooding has affected much of the South East and South East and flood warnings have been issued for the whole of England and Wales – UK weather: Flood warnings issued for whole of England and Wales – find out how you are affected. It is hard to truly assess at this stage but the storms are thought to be the worst for at least 20 years.
Finally, the US has suffered unprecedented low temperatures as Arctic air from the polar vortex sits over the country with temperatures falling as low as -35oF, which becomes -45oF when you include wind chill. All 50 US states have been affected by lower than expected temperatures – US weather: all 50 states fall below freezing.
In the US this has resulted in a motley collection of climate change denialists (not scientists) taking to the media to make raise doubts about climate change and its effects because of the cold weather. These individuals were remarkably quiet during the heatwaves and droughts that gripped much of the US in the summer of 2013.