Is This Why The UK Grinds to a Halt Every Winter?

If you’re wondering why the UK is so unbelievably unprepared for snow every winter, despite the fact winters recently have been getting colder and snowier, then this quote from the Highways Term Maintenance Agency, the trade body for companies involved with gritting and plowing Britain’s roads may prove enlightening.

It seems the problem is that they rely on the Met Office to tell them what to expect in coming winters, and therefore what to invest and what not to invest in. And therein lies the problem:

With research and advances in computing, however, weather forecasts are becoming more accurate. From thousands of bits of data collected by satellites, weather balloons and the global weather observing network, the Met Office’s ‘supercomputer’ builds up a picture of the current state of the atmosphere. The Met Office run model simulations of the atmosphere, which is what all forecasts are based on.

Some people wonder if our hot summers are due to global warming. The scientific consensus is that humans are contributing to the greenhouse effect, leading to global warming. One of the predictions over the coming decade is that snow will become less frequent in the British Isles; we are expecting milder winters

Where have we heard that before: “weather forecasts are getting more accurate”? It is in fact, a pretty direct quote that Keith Fenwick, a forecaster with the Met Office, gave in an interview with The Guardian newspaper in 2006, which I’ve commented on here: .

I love the bit about the ‘supercomputer’ though. Pure comedy genius. A 33 million pound nonsense-generator, generating over 14,000 tons of Co2 emissions every single year to tell us that there’ll be no snow this winter –


Listening to the Met Office forecasts . . . reading The Guardian . . . believing the Global Warming hype . . . yes, it’s all starting to add up.

Could this be why the UK grinds to a halt every winter?


2 responses to “Is This Why The UK Grinds to a Halt Every Winter?

  1. Answering your question needs just one word:


    I’ve been sure of this after this and last year’s experience, when satellite photos showed the whole of the British Isles covered in the white stuff.

    Mind – the authorities across the Big Pond seem to have fallen for this as well …

    (Nice blog – came via The Bish – will keep visiting here)

  2. “Some people wonder if our hot summers are due to global warming.”

    Does this mean “hot” as opposed to “cold” winters? Well summers are always hotter than winters in the UK and elsewhere. Does it mean “hotter” as in getting hotter than before? I think much of the global warming hysteria rests on the fact of autosuggestion. People have a poor memory of past weather. Tell them our summers are hotter and they will believe you. The long hot Edwardian summers are the thing of legend – EXCEPT that if you check the Central England Temperature record you find that Edwardian summers were actually rather cool, cooler than the long term average. So where does the idea arise that they were hot? They simply were not, they were some of the coolest summers of the 20th century. Also, our present summers are not “hot”. It is a fact that the average summer of the 18th century was 0.1 deg C warmer than the average summer of the 20th century (source CET).

    The hottest summer in the record was in 1976 – a third of a century ago – and the second hottest was in 1826.

    You may say that the CET is not typical of the UK, it is too limiting. Not so, the correlation between CET temperatures and UK temperatures for the last 100 years has been very high (95%+) so we can confidently use it as a UK temp proxy.

    If facts were checked more frequently then statements about a warming world could be challenged more often.

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