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The UK Climate Impact Programme Forecasting Scoresheet January 27, 2009

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The UK Climate Impact Programme Forecasting Scoresheet

From Watts Up With That, January 27, 2009

Guest Post by Steven Goddard

The UK Climate Impacts Programme (UKCIP) is a government funded organization with the following scientifically neutral mission statement on their home pageThe UK Climate Impacts Programme (UKCIP) helps organisations to adapt to inevitable climate change. While it’s essential to reduce future greenhouse gas emissions, the effects of past emissions will continue to be felt for decades.

On their headline messages page they have a list of global warming predictions and supporting evidence.  In this article we will examine some of their claims and evidence.

Claim: Summers will continue to get hotter and drier…

  • Evidence: Total summer precipitation has decreased in most parts of the UK, typically by between 10 and 40% since 1961.

According to the UK Met Office, the summer of 2007 was the wettest summer on record.  Summer, 2008 was the wettest on record in Northern Ireland, and broke many local rainfall records in England.  The last hot day in London (30C or 86F) was on July 27, 2006.  London is normally one of the UK’s warmest locations in summer, and it has been 915 days since London has seen any “hot” weather.

Claim: Winters will continue to get milder and wetter…

  • Evidence: Average winter temperature for all regions of the UK has risen by up to 0.7 °C since 1914..

The Met office reported last month: “Temperatures from the Met Office have revealed that the UK has had the coldest start to winter in over 30 years.

This month, the Met Office reported:The British Isles has experienced almost a fortnight of freezing conditions. Temperatures as low as -9 °C have been fairly common throughout southern areas of the UK, with temperatures struggling to rise above freezing in some places.
This winter has not only been unusually cold, but it has also been unusually dry in the UK.
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