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HH Lamb & The Great Storms Of The Little Ice Age

November 16, 2015
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By Paul Homewood 


With stormy weather in the news at the moment, it is worth recalling what HH Lamb had to say about the prevalence of storms in the Little Ice Age. From his book, “Climate, History and the Modern World”:-






It is a clear reminder that, in this part of the world at least, storms tend to be much worse in a colder world.


The other point of interest, however, is his reference that sea levels may have been 50cm lower than between AD 1000 and 1400. This of course refers to the period around 1700, and we don’t have much idea of how far sea levels rose in the 18thC.

It is generally accepted though that since the late 19thC they have risen by maybe 20 cm. This is strong evidence that current sea level rise is simply part of a much longer term pattern.

It is important to realise that Lamb’s comments on this topic, like much of his work, were not just his personal view, but were based around the work of other scientific experts of his time, such as in this case Sylvia Hallam.

More detail of Lamb’s thoughts on sea level changes were covered in my earlier post, HH Lamb & Sea Level Changes.

  1. November 16, 2015 11:14 pm

    Reblogged this on WeatherAction News.

  2. November 17, 2015 10:18 am

    Lamb was a brilliant climate scientist, there does not seem to be anyone around now who has his depth of understanding. A good qualitative explanation of facts is a lot better than bad mathematical models.

    It amazes me just how bad the science of climate is: it starts with a radiative forcing function which is an unmeasurable and badly founded fiction (evaluated by a committee), then proceeds to a belief that a world model of climate is not just a useful tool but is accurate.

  3. November 17, 2015 12:21 pm

    The old “fall line” in North Carolina is just east of Raleigh and follows up to Richmond, VA. It reflects the shoreline during the highest melt during interglacial periods. At the height of glacial ice sheets, it is estimated that the Outer Banks were some 75 miles east of their present location.

  4. November 17, 2015 2:50 pm

    Lamb’s work is most illuminating and highlights our current ignorance (deliberately engineered) of the past. I suspect that any student quoting Lamb would receive a “fail”.

  5. April 23, 2016 5:32 am

    Reblogged this on Climate Collections.

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