Sunday, 20 January 2013

Our balmy, snowless, semi-tropical winters: why we must always trust "experts"

Bath, basking in the current heat-wave
“Britain’s winter ends tomorrow with further indications of a striking environmental change: snow is starting to disappear from our lives.

Sledges, snowmen, snowballs and the excitement of waking to find that the stuff has settled outside are all a rapidly diminishing part of Britain’s culture, as warmer winters – which scientists are attributing to global climate change – produce not only fewer white Christmases, but fewer white Januaries and Februaries.”

The Independent, 20th March 2000
(quoted by hdgdggd)


  1. Please take a look at this picture.


    No. It shows the annual rainfall in millimetres in England and Wales between 1766 and 2012.

    Quoting from ElReg:

    Statistical analysis of rainfall records by the Met Office claimed to show days of heavy rainfall had become more common in England since 1960. "The apparent trend mirrors increases in extreme rain seen in other parts of the world," wrote the BBC's Roger Harrabin ... For Channel 4 news, the Met's statistical press release was apocalyptic. There were "clear signals of wetter weather emerging" ...

    As ElReg say, with admirable self-restraint, "the claim has puzzled some observers, not least because last March the Met was predicting a continuing drought for the UK".

    It is all but inevitable now that we shall soon enter a second Dark Ages but there are pockets of resistance even in the most unlikely places – ElReg is a news digest for computer nerds (with 7 million uncool followers).

  2. Whilst I agree with the general sentiment here that there is too much emphasis placed on climate change, apocalypse and these experts, teh scientsit in me can still discern an upward trend in that graph that the commenter is presumably not seeing.