By Paul Homewood
As I suggested earlier, there was distinctly something very fishy about the Met Office’s original claim that the Scottish temperature record had been broken:
Scotland’s highest ever temperature reading has been rejected by the Met Office over fears it could have been affected by a parked vehicle.
On Thursday 28 June, a temperature of 33.2C degrees was measured at Strathclyde Park in Motherwell.
The Met Office now says a stationary vehicle with its engine running was parked too close to the equipment.
It said that although the measurement was "plausible" it could not rule out the potential for contamination.
It means that last Thursday was not officially the hottest day ever in Scotland.
A temperature of 32.9C recorded in August 2003, at Greycrook in the Borders, remains the highest ever.
Three questions remain:
1) The Met Office is concerned about a parked car, but why do they even consider a car park as a suitable site?
2) While this particular reading has been discounted, what about all of the other 364 days a year at totally unsuitable sites like this one, which go into building up UK mean temperatures?
3) Above all, why was the original claim issued to the media so prematurely, before it had been checked out?
It is one thing correcting it now, but the original spurious claim has already gone around the world and back, and very few people will see the correction.
For instance, the Washington Post uses it as part of its “All-time heat records have been set all over the world during the past week” article this week.
It is quite wrong for the Met Office to publicise allegations such as this, before they have been categorically confirmed.
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July 5, 2018 at 04:15PM