Friday Humor: And Now, It's The Warm Weather's Fault

Tyler Durden's picture

By now everyone knows that a $17 trillion economy has no greater nemesis than snow... in the winter... which in the first quarter of 2014 managed to lob off some $50 billion in growth from the world's largest economy, and instead of allowing the US to expand at its priced to ultraperfection 3.0% rate, resulted in a screeching halt in growth.

But did you know that the one thing that the economy of the centrally-planned world can't stand more than cold is... heat.

That is what Italians found out today when they read daily publication Ansa which "explained" that March industrial production declined by 0.5% because, drum roll, "summer came early this year." 

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No really


And just like that the voodoo science of economicks (sic) has become the laughing stock of weathermen the world over (everyone else has already been laughing at economists for years, not with).

h/t @kristian_gjoka

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Honey Badger's picture

The porridge is never quite right.

whatsinaname's picture

Better to marry an economist than marry a weatherman.

Atleast, nobody blames you if you are wrong. You can blame it on the weatherman !!

StacksOnStacks's picture

You'd think up until this past year that there just plain wasn't any weather.

mvsjcl's picture

This is not a surprising meme. If weather is so important that it has an oversized influence on something as important as our economy, then it follows that the weather is something which must be controlled in order to not negatively impact the economy.

MontgomeryScott's picture

"Weather as a Force Multiplier: Owning the Weather in 2025":

A report for the USAF, presented in August 1996.

imbrbing's picture

Weather is something to be TAXED into submission. We pee-ons must pay up to fix it or die. /sarc

Headbanger's picture

WTFO !!?? Now it's the fucking HOT weather to blame!?

C'mon!  The Itralians have got to have moar materia grigia, senza dubbio!?


Stoploss's picture

Boy, you know NAR is pissed.......

SheepDog-One's picture

The porridge is always going to suck when the bowl is made out of shit!

Relentless101's picture

Fucking earth and all of its weather.

Spitzer's picture

The USSR always blamed the weather

the not so mighty maximiza's picture

psssssssssssssssssssssssssssst....its a depression

Headbanger's picture

OK... Your secret is safe with us...


ebworthen's picture

So a warmer than usual March slows production in climate controlled factories?

Did the chirping birds and blooming daffodils trip things up?

NotApplicable's picture

I'm going to have to guess that power production is considered industrial output.

A Nanny Moose's picture

fewer people had to claim cheap gas subsidies from Gummint. Gummint output (READ: control), over the economy was diminished.

Wile-E-Coyote's picture

Haaa haaaa warm weather in Europe, it hasn't f****g stopped raining all winter, a bit of warmth is needed to dry things out.

Smegley Wanxalot's picture

L'anticipo del Money Printing e ancora merde da Brussels frena la produzione industriale, -100%

Emergency Ward's picture

I've been trying to tell them, I'm at the beach, not the mall !!

ebworthen's picture

Green for the Friday close!

Pump the bellows!  Prod the Orcs!  We must close green!

Ban KKiller's picture

Too weathery!

Now THAT is funny...because he is a banker. 

Use YOUR local black used. 

MillionDollarBoner_'s picture

Accidental Death of an Analyst ;o)

debtor of last resort's picture

Panda bears don't need bamboo, but Honey boo boo.

Stuck on Zero's picture

Why is there only one lady working in the factory floor in the picture? 


Agent P's picture

I noticed the same thing....the european economy must finally be improving. 

SheepDog-One's picture


F.A. Hayek's picture

It's too hot or cold or wet or dry or windy outside. I cannot pay my mortgage, buy a used house, buy a refrigerator, go on a vacation, trade in my old clunker, hire an illegal or start my company.

Tom_333's picture

You´re the model voter....get registered will you....Hillary needs you and you need her.

NOTaREALmerican's picture

Weather and Economics...

If an economist flaps his lips in China there might be Hindenburg omen two weeks later on Wall Street.

HamRove's picture

The recovery will come whe the weather is perfect for a full year.

Bemused Observer's picture

It's not so much about the insult to our intelligence, it's the lack of imagination...THAT'S what really bothers me. There is no thought behind it, they didn't even bother to come up with something, they just pull out the same one they used last time and change a word. And it's used by everybody now, they'd probably blame the weather for a dip in mitten sales. You feel like they just don't give a damn. It's maddening.

They could at least have put a little effort into it.



Yen Cross's picture

     I wonder what the fucking Eskimos/Inuites say when shit doesn't go their way?

  Husband: "Honey the Reindeer must have taken February off because it was so fucking hot!"

  Wife: " Oh shit how are we going to feed our children?"

  Husband: " Well we have that old HP printer in the outhouse...I'll just print some Reindeer and we'll all eat that."

Agent P's picture

Call me crazy, but I always thought lower power consumption resulted from lower industrial output as opposed to causing it.  In other news, people are eating out less as a result of lower restaurant sales.   

eurnzd's picture

To be fair, the Italian Institute of Statistics doesn't mention the weather....


Eahudimac's picture

Al Gore warned us and we didn't listen! WE DIDN'T LISTEN!! AAAAAHHHHHHH.

wisefool's picture

As I understand it, Al Gore wanted to set up an additional tax framework to avoid climate change. Apparently the existing 80,000 page US tax code was not enough to do the job.

Otto Zitte's picture

Al is short for Asshole.

Eahudimac's picture

Al Gore, in my book, is the biggest dousche that ever lived. A total waste of oxygen. He should set an example and swallow some rat poison.

willwork4food's picture

Al Gore invented the internet, discovered global warming-that is our fault- and invented carbon tax. What's not to like?

CoastalCowboy's picture

I'm about halfway through my time on Earth. There has always been some sort weather going on for as long as I can remember. I'm talking heat waves, thunderstorms, snow, tornadoes, blizzards, sunny days, rainy days and even windy days.

I just can't recall it ever affecting the economy so severely. Either they are just making up bullshit or the economy really is so weak the weather actually affects it negatively.

God help us all if we ever have another Winter Storm of March 1993. I don't recall it affecting the economy very much either, and it smacked the bat shit out of the entire Eastern half of the nation.

Bemused Observer's picture

And what is this new crap where they're trying to 'label' our moribund economy as The Great Moderation 2.0?


Has anybody else seen this?

hairball48's picture

So if GDP falls in the winter because it's cold...and falls in the summer when it's hot...

Then when does it rise?

...oh nevermind. Fuck it! :)

Aussiekiwi's picture

we need to end the war on drugs, poverty and people with opinions and concentrate all our resources where they are needed, the war on weather, deal to winter first, then when it gives up we can move on to summer, how dare the weather interfere with the American dream, I'm outraged!

CoastalCowboy's picture

Whatever it takes to deflect the blame from wet blanket in chief Lord Obama all you ray-cysts.