Monday, August 11, 2008

The Age: Filling the news pages with the weather

Sometimes even the casual reader can spot how The Age manufacture their own news stories from nothing more than editorials full of fantasy, speculation and wild guesswork: (via Tim Blair)

The Age, Saturday:

Rising temperatures are likely to bring increased levels of violence to Melbourne by 2010 ...

A climate change risk assessment says increased temperatures are expected to exacerbate the relationship between hot weather, violence and anti-social behaviour.

The Age, Sunday:

Freezing conditions are causing havoc on Victoria’s roads today as a spike in the cold spell delivers widespread rain and even snow to some parts of the state.

UPDATE. The Age, Monday:

Melburnians can expect more cold conditions today, and for the rest of the week.

Bureau of Meteorology senior forecaster Ward Rooney said snow was expected above 900 metres in eastern Victoria, but not in areas closer to Melbourne.

Mr Rooney said while Melbourne’s conditions were cold, they were not out of the ordinary.

“It’s more like the sort of winters we used to have,” he said.