Another story from the “You Can’t Make this Stuff Up” files.
Going back only one year – almost to the day – we find a news story from Reuters, quoting the Met Office on why cold, snowy winters like that of 09/10 would be an increasingly rare phenomenon:
The winter so far has been one of the coldest for nearly 30 years in Britain, but such icy weather was more common in centuries past and should become even rarer going forward.
“Winters like this are likely to become less of a feature as we head through the 21st century,” John Hammond, a meteorologist at the UK Met Office said on Tuesday.
“Colder winters become less likely because overall the background warming will reduce the severity of them, certainly for our part of the world.”
The Met Office expects Britain’s already relatively mild and damp, on average, winters to become increasingly warm and wet as a result of climate change, with the effect particularly pronounced in the latter part of the century.
Reuters, Jan 12th 2010. Climate Change To Make Icy UK Winters Rarer.
Why? Why do they set themselves up like this? Are they masochists? Do they get some perverse kick out of being the object of not just national but international ridicule?
Or are they in denial about the climate?