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Beddington’s “Extreme Weather” Is Just Normal After All

November 19, 2013

By Paul Homewood



Sir John Beddington, the UK government’s then outgoing Chief Scientist, gave a series of interviews last March, claiming that climate change meant the likelihood of more extreme weather in the UK. He particularly had in mind the run of cold winters experienced in recent years. For instance, in this interview with ITV News:




This is all very strange because, in December 2010, the Government Office for Science was asked for its advice on the probability of severe winter weather over the next two to three decades, in order to inform infrastructure investment decisions. In response, analysis was commissioned from the Met Office, looking at recent winter weather in the context of both past observations and future projections.

In response, the Met Office provided Beddington with this report.




Bear in mind that this report was commissioned as a direct result of the big freeze up at the time, and the severe winter previously.

And the report’s conclusions?




In other words, there was nothing “extreme” about these winters, even though he now claims there is.

And there was no indication that such cold winters were on the increase. Indeed, it was projected that they should become more infrequent.


Sir John is Professor of Applied Population Biology, (whatever that is!). Apparently that makes him better qualified than the Met Office.

  1. November 19, 2013 2:27 pm

    The religion of the catastrophist has a powerful hold their ability to think, reason, and assess situations logically.

  2. Andy DC permalink
    November 19, 2013 5:33 pm

    It is disgusting that we skeptics are always on the defensive due to outright, concocted misinformation. Now cold is consistent with warming. How can you ever lose, unless temperatures are exactly “normal”, which is not all that common.


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