CLIMATE alarmists realised long ago that the public would not be frightened by the promise of a slightly warmer climate. Hence their shift of focus to apocalyptic claims that our weather is becoming more extreme, with deadly hurricanes, floods, droughts and the rest.

As I warned a few months ago, the BBC/Met Office were determined to label last year as one of the most extreme on record in the UK, in spite of the fact that it was probably one of the least extreme.

Last week those respected climate experts, the National Trust, set the ball rolling with a report claiming that extreme weather was now the new normal in the UK. Naturally it was given widespread coverage by the BBC. 

The bases for their claim were:

•       A hot summer

•       A mild autumn

•       Three storms in February

•       A cold snap in December (something clearly unheard of).

Certainly we had a handful of very hot days, but the summer overall was not as hot as 1976, 1995, 2018 or even 1826. And the weather was so extreme that many flocked to the beaches!

The other claims are simply absurd. Nobody would regard a mild autumn as ‘extreme’.

The National Trust say February 2022 was the first time that three storms had hit in a week since we started naming storms in 2015. Winter storms are perfectly normal, and it is common for two or three depressions to follow in quick succession. Just because the Met Office began giving them silly names does not mean that they never happened before. Meanwhile rainfall in February 2022 was not unusually high.

The alleged purpose of the National Trust is to preserve the nation’s heritage, so maybe they should have a look at what the weather was like in 1895, the year the organisation was founded. They would find out what extreme weather really looks like.

The winter of 1894/95 was truly dreadful, the second coldest on record in the UK. Only the winter of 1962/63 was colder. The Thames froze in places and was blocked by ice floes up to 7ft thick. Snowfalls continued into March and April. May saw wild swings in weather, with light snow in mid-month, followed by a scorching heatwave with temperatures reaching 87F.

In contrast, the summer was dominated by heavy rain and severe thunderstorms. September was extremely mild, a full degree warmer than last year’s. The rest of the year saw a return to cold weather, storms and heavy rain.

I am sure most of the National Trust’s visitors would much rather learn about the weather of the past instead of being lectured about global warming!

BBC’s fake hurricane claims

IF the BBC told you that last year’s Atlantic hurricane season was the third most active on record, you would naturally assume that it had the third most hurricanes. But this is the BBC we are talking about!

In December 2021, just after the Atlantic hurricane season officially ended in November, the BBC published a report with the headline ‘2021 hurricane season was third most active’.This was reinforced by the first words of the article: ‘The 2021 Atlantic hurricane season has now officially ended, and it’s been the third most active on record. Though the last month has seen little tropical storm activity, all the pre-determined names have been exhausted for the second year in a row.’ 

Strange, because the number of hurricanes was nowhere near being the third highest. Since 1851, there have been 50 other years with as many or more than the seven recorded in 2021 in the Atlantic. Indeed the overall average is seven.

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