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Mother Nature still defies the Met Office January 16, 2010

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Mother Nature still defies the Met Office

By Christopher Booker
The Telegraph, 16 January 2010

Barely a month after last predicting, on November 28, that Britain would enjoy “a milder than average winter”, the Met Office last week came in for yet another mighty pasting, for failing to forecast the renewed snowfalls and freezing temperatures which brought traffic to a halt again in much of the country. In some northern towns, roadways were so icy that people had to crawl across them on hands and knees.

Two independent forecasters who did foresee the return of Arctic weather, and are predicting that there will be more, are Britain’s Piers Corbyn (who relies on solar activity for much of his prediction) and the US meteorologist Joe Bastardi of AccuWeather, who largely bases his forecasts on movements of air and ocean currents. Unlike the UK Met Office, of which both are highly critical, neither has been blinded by imagining that rising levels of carbon dioxide play a key part in shaping the weather.

Mr Bastardi, who was predicting months ago that both Europe and America were in for an abnormally cold winter (while the Met Office was about to get it hopelessly wrong for the third summer and winter in a row), is now predicting that this year’s cold weather, with renewed snowfalls, will last at least until March. Last month, according to Rutgers University in the US, saw the second greatest extent of snow cover in the northern hemisphere since records began in 1966. Meanwhile the state of Florida experienced sub-zero temperatures for the longest period in 100 years. (For more details see Anthony Watts’s Watts Up With That blog.)

Mr Bastardi is also wondrously scornful about that recent prediction of the UK Met Office’s very expensive computer models that 2010 will be “the warmest year on record”. Those poor guys, he says, are relying on an El Niño event in the Pacific which is simply not happening as they hoped.

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1. Chris - January 18, 2010

You guys don’t get it. We have passed the tipping point..Al Gore et al.

We may as well sit back and await our doom, however I will reduce my carbon footprint by using a smaller size shoe and await the next last (no this one is for sure the last next tipping point) again.


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