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: https://hauntingthelibrary.wordpress.com/2010/12/28/met-office-2006-we-are-expecting-milder-winters/ .
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 – http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/environment/article5536973.ece
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?