There’s nothing unprecedented about our current weather – Booker

By Paul Homewood



Booker skewers Monbiot in his column today:



 Christopher Booker


Although The Guardian’s George Monbiot waxes famously excitable over anything he can blame on global warming, he got carried away even more than usual last week. As Britain suffered from blizzards and a deep freeze, he noted a recent spike in temperatures in the Arctic, taking them up to 63F (35C) above average. “This is more than just a temperature anomaly,” he tweeted, “it is an off-the-scale event. Why is the Arctic meltdown not headline news in every paper?”

It did not take long for our expert friend Paul Homewood, on his blog Notalotofpeopleknowthat, to track down one answer to that question. He published a graph and charts from the Danish Meteorological Institute showing a similar temperature spike in 1976 which also brought March snow to Britain.

Far from being “crazy”, “weird” and “unprecedented”, as is claimed by various scientists, such events have indeed happened quite often before, says Homewood. They are ascribed to what is known as a Sudden Stratospheric Warming, which even the Met Office explains is a natural phenomenon. This disrupts the normal course of the jet stream, sending warm water from the Atlantic north into the Arctic and freezing air west from Siberia across Europe to Britain.

Homewood also then quoted from Copenhagen University the longest running record of Arctic temperatures going back to before 1800, showing how these have risen and fallen in cycles, with the last period when they were as warm as now in the Thirties and Forties.

Homewood’s only comment was: “Poor George needs to learn the difference between weather and climate.” As for the rest of us, shivering through the “Beast from the East”, it may at least be some consolation to know that this freezing weather is not yet further proof that we are in the grip of man-made global warming.


March 4, 2018 at 05:45AM

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