The Decade When It Rained, And Rained, And Rained

I have said it before many times but it is shameful that we have to rely on independent and unpaid bloggers like Paul Homewood to report objectively on the weather. That the BBC cannot make simple historical comparisons like this ought to be a scandal but they get away with it because politicians of all colours welcome the spotlight being directed away from their shortcomings.

NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT

By Paul Homewood

According to the “experts”, global warming means higher rainfall for the UK. If so, it must have been mighty warm in the 1870’s!

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NB There are five regions in the above HADUKP data, so only SW England & S Wales fails to appear with a record. This regional data only starts in 1873, so misses out on the record wet year of 1872, which almost certainly would have set more records.

Of course, there were no TV crews around in the 1870’s to spread their message of calamity. However, the Royal Windsor website has an interesting set of engravings and reports, collected from the Illustrated London News, of floods in the area in the 19thC. The full set is here, but these are the entries for the 1870’s:

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I don’t suppose Disraeli blamed all this on CO2!

Sources

England & Wales Rainfall series

http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/hadobs/hadukp/data/download.html

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German Continuous Nuclear Fusion Reactor Milestone

I’ll put my money on this being sustainable before wind.

Watts Up With That?

"W7X-Spulen Plasma blau gelb" by Max-Planck Institut für Plasmaphysik - Max-Planck Institut für Plasmaphysik. Licensed under CC BY 3.0 via Commons - https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:W7X-Spulen_Plasma_blau_gelb.jpg#/media/File:W7X-Spulen_Plasma_blau_gelb.jpg “W7X-Spulen Plasma blau gelb” by Max-Planck Institut für Plasmaphysik – Max-Planck Institut für Plasmaphysik. Licensed under CC BY 3.0 via Commons – https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:W7X-Spulen_Plasma_blau_gelb.jpg#/media/File:W7X-Spulen_Plasma_blau_gelb.jpg

Guest essay by Eric Worrall

Germany has activated its new Wendelstein 7-X Stellarator reactor for the first time, briefly testing its ability to heat and contain a Helium plasma. The German Stellarator is the first nuclear fusion reactor ever built which has a chance of hitting break even – or at the very least, of maintaining a sustained nuclear fusion reaction for up to half an hour at a time.

According to World Nuclear News;

After more than a year of technical preparations and tests, the Wendelstein 7-X stellarator has produced its first helium plasma.

On 10 December, the operating team in the control room started up the magnetic field and initiated the computer-operated experiment control system. It fed around one milligram of helium gas into…

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Unprecedented’ storms and floods are more common than we think

This helps to explain why politicians promote climate change alarmism. How convenient to be able to blame the climate bogey man for their own failure to protect the people they serve.

NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT

By Paul Homewood

h/t Kelvin Vaughan

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http://phys.org/news/2015-12-unprecedented-storms-common.html

A touch of commonsense from Phys.Org:


A team of experts from the Universities of Aberystwyth, Cambridge and Glasgow have drawn on historic records to build a clearer picture of the flooding.

They conclude that 21st-century flood events such as Storm Desmond are not exceptional or unprecedented in terms of their frequency or magnitude, and that flood frequency and flood risk forecasts would be improved by including data from flood deposits dating back hundreds of years.

Dr Tom Spencer from the University of Cambridge said: “In the House of Commons on Monday (December 7), the Environment Secretary called the flooding in north-west England ‘unprecedented’ and ‘consistent with climate change trends’. But is this actually true?

“Conventional methods of analysing river flow gauge records cannot answer these questions because upland catchments usually have no or very short records of water levels of around 30 or…

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Slingo Fails To Answer The Real Questions

In their 5th assessment report the IPCC state there there is low confidence for links between climate change (aka global warming) and increases in extreme weather events. Dame Julia Sligo stated with confidence last night that the Cockermouth flooding was a direct result of global warming. Cleary one of them is wrong and unusually I am coming down on the side of the IPCC.

NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT

By Paul Homewood

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http://blog.metoffice.gov.uk/2015/12/07/did-climate-change-have-an-impact-on-storm-desmond/

A predictably lame response from the Met Office about Storm Desmond. There is the usual arm waving about climate change, but it fails to address several more relevant issues:

1) How reliable are the supposed “records”? We already know that Honister only has a short period of record. What about Thirlmere?

2) There is talk of warm waters in the western Atlantic, but no mention of much colder than normal waters in the Northern part of the Atlantic, which certainly played a role.

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http://weather.unisys.com/surface/sfc_daily.php?plot=ssa&inv=0&t=cur

3) Slingo correctly claims that their 3-monthly outlooks anticipated a stormy start to the winter. This was specifically related to the warm/cold gradient. So why no mention of this factor now?

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http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/media/pdf/n/b/A3_plots-temp-NDJ_v2.pdf

4) As usual, Slingo goes on to talk about “fundamental physics”, but fails to quantify just how much extra rainfall this should in theory cause.

Theoretical studies suggest that the…

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Mandatory Indoctrination for BBC Officials who Broke Climate “Rules”

The BBC thought police strike again.

Watts Up With That?

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Guest essay by Eric Worrall

The BBC broadcast an obscure programme on state radio on August the 5th, on Radio 4, called “what’s the point of the MET office?”, which allowed the voice of climate skepticism onto British broadcast radio. As a result of this massive breach of BBC policy, there has been a major internal inquiry, and several BBC officials have been sent on mandatory climate re-education courses.

The Telegraph reports on the outcome of the internal hearing into this failure of editorial control;

A Radio 4 programme that claimed that the Met Office had exaggerated the threat posed by global warming as part of its “political lobbying” has been found guilty of serious breaches of the BBC’s editorial guidelines.

The BBC Trust said that What’s the Point of the Met Office?, broadcast on August 5 and hosted by the journalist Quentin Letts, had “failed to make…

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Wind Power: Not ‘Cheap’, Not ‘Clean’ and Not ‘Green’

STOP THESE THINGS

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The central, endlessly repeated lie upon which the wind industry seeks to ‘justify’ the colossal and endless subsidies upon which it critically depends; the destruction of wind farm neighbours’ health, wealth and happiness; and the slaughter of millions of birds and bats, is that wind power causes substantial reductions of CO2 emissions in the electricity sector.

STT has been slamming that myth since we cranked into gear nearly 3 years ago. It’s a topic that attracts plenty of interest.

Our post – How Much CO2 Gets Emitted to Build a Wind Turbine? – has clocked over 11,000 hits; and still attracts plenty of attention.

One petulant retort is that building a coal-fired power plant (or, heaven forbid, a skyscraper) using thousands of tonnes of concrete and steel adds mountains of CO2 gas (incidentally, an odourless, colourless naturally occurring trace gas, essential for all life on Earth) to a soon to…

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CFACT presents four inconvenient facts about global warming at #COP21 display

Channel4 in the UK is showing an alarmist programme on the supposed demise of polar bears tomorrow. Coincidentally polar bears get a mention here – and happily doing extremely well. Now ask yourself the question, why would one group of scientists be pushing an alarmist viewpoint not supported by the data?

Watts Up With That?

CFACT has participated in the UN climate process going back to the original Rio Earth summit.  We are an officially recognized NGO observer at COP 21.

CFACT’s display is in the NGO pavilion at booth 37c.

We used our space to inject four “inconvenient facts” into the COP.  They are the kind of rock solid, 100% scientifically valid points that leave the warming-indoctrinated spluttering.

Here they are:

COP 21 slides temperature models v reality

INCONVENIENT FACTS: TEMPERATURE

“Global climate trend since Nov. 16, 1978: +0.11 C per decade” – University of Alabama, Huntsville

“The troposphere has not warmed as fast as almost all climate models predict.” “After 1998, the observations are likely to be below the simulated values, indicating that the simulation as a whole are predicting too much warming.” – Remote Sensing Systems

“Satellite analysis of the upper atmosphere is more accurate, and should be adopted as the standard way to monitor global temperature change.” –

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