Thursday, January 07, 2010

Global Warming? Snow Chaos in Britain

hat tip: Lime

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A man clears snow from the paths outside his house in Wilkieston in West Lothian

AS one of the worst winters in 100 years grips the country, climate experts are still trying to claim the world is growing warmer.

With millions of Britons battling through snow and ice to get to work today, scientists claim that the cold conditions should not be used as evidence against man-made climate change.

Blizzards, ice and sub-zero temperatures that have gripped the UK for almost a month in a record deep freeze are not “robust” indicators of global weather patterns, they say.

Their claims come despite the fact that the rest of the northern hemisphere, from America to Europe and Asia, is suffering some of the worst winters in living memory.

Huge snowfalls are being witnessed from China and South Korea, across eastern, central and western Europe and to America where even Florida is struggling to record temperatures above freezing.

Last night critics of the global warming lobby said the public were no longer prepared to be conned into believing that man-made emissions were adding to the problem.

Long-term forecaster and trends analyst Piers Corbyn, of WeatherAction, said: “Global warming is a failed science built on falsified data. It is a sham to say that man has caused it.”

But Stephen Dorling, of the scandal-hit University of East Anglia’s school of environmental sciences, remained adamant that the weather should not be used as evidence against climate change.

But he added: “It’s no surprise that people look out of their window and find it hard to rationalise what’s going on with the longer term trend.”

But he said it was wrong to focus on cold snaps or heat waves but look instead at longer-term trends.

The Met Office’s Barry Gromett said December and January’s cold weather was “within the bounds of variability” in a global trend of rising temperatures in which 2009 is set to be the fifth warmest year on record.

He added that while Siberia, the UK and parts of the US were very cold, other areas including Alaska, Canada and the Mediterranean were warmer than usual. But China faces its worst winter in 20 years, with temperatures down to -43C.

Mr Gromett added: “Climate change is likely to give us milder winters, but there’s always opportunities within that to have colder years.

“The temperature graph is a series of peaks and troughs and there’s a lot of variability within the trend.”

Labour insisted yesterday that last month’s shambolic Copenhagen climate summit had led to greater efforts to tackle global warming.

But shadow climate change secretary Greg Clark branded the conference a flop, only delivering an accord that was “an agreement to disagree”.

Christopher Booker, author of The Real Global Warming Disaster, said: “It is amazing how this scaremongering from climate change lobbyists keeps arising even though they are constantly being proved wrong.

“Last year there was snow in Saudia Arabia and still they persist in saying the temperature is going up.”

11 Opinion(s):

Fran├žoise said...

It's cold in the whole of the Northern hemisphere.

Also very cold in China...

This explains the recent rise in petrol prices.

Exzanian said...

It's great! I'm having my first real taste of arctic type winter here in UK. Previously winters have been mild with not much snow to speak of. I have no idea how such a small piece of land can sustain 60 million people through this cold snap. The drain on the National grid and gas resources is absolutely incredible, but we all stay warm. Viva!

Anonymous said...

Looks like a normal Canadian day.

Actually, we are having a mild winter, but these guys are brilliant at keeping the roads clear.

Yesterday I remarked that it felt quite mild, time for a braai, and it was around -10C.

Fran├žoise said...

Yes, nothing special for us in Canada. Kind of funny to see the panic in the UK, Belgium and France when a bit of snow falls these days.

Viking said...

No snow here in British Columbia!
it's not even that cold ...

Anonymous said...

I think I'll go skiing tomorrow; perhaps take in a good cognac in front of the fire. Mmmm, lekker.

Anonymous said...

I think after this Northern Hemisphere winter the people will be happyily embrace global warming/climate change/scaremongering.

Anonymous said...

Climate change - Cold in winter, warm in summer.
It's been happening for a loooong time.

Anonymous said...

Nothing better than dressing up warmly and playing outside in the snow or just going for a nice long walk. Real White-man's weather. I could never understand white South Africans not wanting to emigrate due to "The Weather". They are more scared of a few snowflakes than of Kaffirs. Well let them stay in SA then. I love the snow. I love winter. Cuddle-weather is the best!

FishEagle said...

Cuddle weather is best! Lol. I second that.

Anonymous said...

I love the way the warmists would use spells of warm weather to point to global warming and when the weather turns cold, they say that only averages matter.

Double standards, but one can understand it if you take into consideration the trillions of dollars involved in making the global warming scam stick.