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Sunday, 7 September 2008

Met Office gets it wrong.

From Watts Up With That? there's a nice chronology of the Met Office putting its foot in its mouth.
In 2007, they made several notable predictions, starting with this one on Jan 4.“2007 is likely to be the warmest year on record globally, beating the current record set in 1998, say climate-change experts at the Met Office.”

On April 11, 2007 they issued this press release stating “there is a high probability that summer temperature will exceed the 1971-2000 long-term average of 14.1 °C ….. there are no indications of an increased risk of a particularly dry or particularly wet summer.” This was interpreted by The Guardian as “Britain set to enjoy another sizzling summer.“

It was colder than average and fairly shitty. For 2008 they predicted warmer than average temperatures and "near or above average" rain. Result? Colder and shittier than 2007. Seems about as reliable as my footy tipping ability (also based more in hope than expectation).

1 comment:

The Duchess of Downing St said...

This is the whole point about MMCC.

Something so nebulous is a godsend for the politicians. A win/win situation with revenue raising its primary objective.

In the Express (I know, but it's addictive like the Mail) this morning -

On contacting my local council recently about the poor condition of the roads (potholes/craters, bodged repairs, etc.), I was informed it was all down to increased rainfall over the last fifteen years. Nothing to do with not having seen any of the local roads resurfaced since my childhood (I'm 36). All they seem to do now is cover with chippings periodically.

She did make a point of letting me know there will be an extra million pounds available for "road repairs", but when you consider a painted crossing costs £100,000, I can't envisage it stretching too far.

I makes you wonder how far removed from reality these people are.

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