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No More Snow in England Say Global Warmists

Please enjoy an article from The Independent titled “Snowfalls are now just a thing of the past.” Written in the year 2000, global warmists are claiming that snowfall is history in Britain:

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…

[T]he warming is so far manifesting itself more in winters which are less cold than in much hotter summers. According to Dr David Viner, a senior research scientist at the climatic research unit (CRU) of the University of East Anglia,within a few years winter snowfall will become “a very rare and exciting event”…

Professor Jarich Oosten, an anthropologist at the University of Leiden in the Netherlands, says that even if we no longer see snow, it will remain culturally important.

“We don’t really have wolves in Europe any more, but they are still an important part of our culture and everyone knows what they look like,” he said.

From an article at the BBC in 2009:

Heavy snow has fallen across large parts of the UK, disrupting travel and closing thousands of schools.

South-east England has the worst snow it has seen for 18 years, causing all London buses to be pulled from service and the closure of Heathrow’s runways.

The Met Office has issued an extreme weather warning for England, Wales and parts of eastern Scotland.

By late Monday, the South East could be under a foot (30cm) of snow and the North East under 20 inches (50cm).

Another article at CBS News posted today, Dec. 20th:

At least 350,000 people are stranded across Europe as snow and ice shut down airports, roads and rail systems during the holiday travel season. More winter weather in the forecast means many travelers will not be able to get on with their plans until at least Wednesday.

The weather has caused 60 percent of flights to be cancelled at the major airports in Paris, Frankfurt, Berlin, as well as London, where they were telling people to just stay away.

The Met Office have these temperatures to report:

The following represents an assessment of the weather experienced across the UK during winter 2009/10 (December 2009 to February 2010) and how it compares with the 1971 to 2000 average (the period used for the seasonal forecast).

Mean temperatures over the UK were 2.0 °C below the 1971-2000 average during December, 2.4 °C below average during January and 1.6 °C below average during February. The UK mean temperature for the winter was 1.6 °C, which is 2.0 °C below average, making it the coldest winter since 1978/79 (1.2 °C). Over England and Wales it was also the coldest since 1978/79. Over Northern Ireland and Scotland, winter 2009/10 was comparable with 1978/79 and 1946/47, with only winter 1962/63 significantly colder in series from 1910. For northern Scotland, it was the coldest winter on record, with the highest number of frosts. A generally mild first 10 days in December was followed by a colder period. This cold spell persisted for the first half of January, with some severe frosts. After mid-month, temperatures rose to around normal before a return to colder conditions. These persisted for most of February, with only a few brief milder interludes mostly in the west and south.

Significant snowfalls occurred widely at times from mid-December until the end of February. These included falls of over 20 cm in southern England in early January and over 30 cm in central and northern Scotland in late February. During each month, rainfall totals over the UK were below the 1971-2000 average with 81% in December, 66% in January and 86% in February. Less than 50% of normal was recorded in each month in many western areas, especially western Scotland.

Oh how the heat over global warming has cooled as global warming predictions have failed. I wonder how many global warming scientists in England are stranded trying to travel for the holidays by snow. Yes, everyone knows what a wolf looks like, but for our present purposes I think it much more important to know what a fox looks like.

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12 Responses to No More Snow in England Say Global Warmists

  1. Never mind … if you can’t get enough snow in England, you can always come down to Australia in the middle of our summer … its been snowing here!!!

    http://www.mtbuller.com.au/Det.....-News2/143

  2. Clive if you continue to get your science from the media you will continue to read about false predictions.What matters is long term global trends. Here is another media story that is more relevant:

    Global average temperature may hit record level in 2010

  3. @markf

    It looks like it will be close.

    http://www.drroyspencer.com/20.....-38-deg-c/

    But I think the point is that this article is quoting so called climate experts that got things so completely wrong and seemed to be using scare tactics. Has much actually changed. I think they should rather stick to things they know and be honest and conservative.

  4. markf,

    Ummm, you say don’t get science from media then you link to media for science?

  5. markf,

    The Met Office is not the media, fyi.

  6. Clive

    I was just trying to point out that there are media stories that go both ways. Andrewjg’s link is more relevant.

    Andrewjg – I agree that climate scientists should avoid scare tactics. They are not necessary. I suspect much the blame in this particular case lies with The Independent which has always been on a bit of global warming campaign – even 10 years ago.

  7. Markf,
    It looks to me like you’re just trying to play the same game with respect to “climate change” “science” that you do with resoect to ‘modern evolutionary theory’ “science” … which is to say, protect the claims and assertions of the “scientists” from critical evaluation.

  8. for the last 800,000 years co2 ppm has vascillated between 190 and 290. now in the last 100 years it has shot up to 390. global warming is a fact.

  9. Prof Mike Lockwood from the University of Reading says it better than I could :

    Yet while stockpiling of road grit may have to continue for the next few years, these conditions did not mean that climate change was over, Prof Lockwood warned.

    “The big thing people need to appreciate is the weather they experience on a local or a regional scale is not the same thing as global temperatures,” he said.

    “Our colder winters mean almost nothing in terms of global averages. That is why climate change is a better term than global warming.

    (Bolding mine)

  10. Gumby @ #9:

    So if England, locally, were experiencing a record heat wave this winter and the 2000 predictions that this would happen on account of global warming were confirmed, this would in turn confirm that the AGW people are right. But when we experience record colds locally, directly contrary to predictions, that just shows the AGW is happening more subtly, on a global scale.

    Sounds like heads I win tails you lose. By the way, global measurements of temperature are fraught with places to engage in creative statistics. You have to take temperatures across a wide cross-section of places on earth and then average them. Where do you choose? How do you weight the averages? What is your baseline? What happens if a place that used to be cold gets warm because it’s now become a city with plenty of asphalt and concrete? You can make global averages of temperature say anything you want. Kind of like the fossil record….

  11. #10 kibitzer

    But when we experience record colds locally, directly contrary to predictions, that just shows the AGW is happening more subtly, on a global scale

    Whose predictions? All that has been offered is some quotes from some scientists in a newspaper. If someone were to quote a local heatwave as evidence for AGW they would be wrong. Indeed most climate scientists are careful not seize on specific events like this as evidence. However, they have been predicting a rise in long term global averages for decades – with a suitably cautious range of temperature rises.

    By the way, global measurements of temperature are fraught with places to engage in creative statistics.

    The problems with the global measurement of temperature are well-known. Do you think the climate community are not aware of them? However, independent global temperature analyses such as GISS and CRU all show the same trend while differing in detail. Even sceptics such as Roy Spencer do not dispute the result. They just disagree about the cause.

  12. So if England, locally, were experiencing a record heat wave this winter and the 2000 predictions that this would happen on account of global warming were confirmed, this would in turn confirm that the AGW people are right.

    No. Read what I quoted above in bold more carefully. Many such observations, however, could support anthropogenic climate change theories unless some other factor can better explain them.

    By the way, global measurements of temperature are fraught with places to engage in creative statistics… You can make global averages of temperature say anything you want.

    You could if you were dishonest. The fact that there’s a broad consensus among climatologists suggests that climate change predictions are not the result of a few dishonest scientists.

    Kind of like the fossil record…

    Unless you’re suggesting there’s a global climato-evo-atheistic conspiracy hell bent on economic and biological sabotage of the American way of life?

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