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Latest Drivel From The Telegraph’s New Weather Expert

January 11, 2016

By Paul Homewood  




The latest nonsense from the Telegraph’s new weather “expert”! I can only assume he has been reading the Daily Express.


Apparently this is the normal weather unchanged over generations, that Myles Allen lies about refers to:




As has been suggested, it turns out that Peter Stanford used to be editor of the Catholic Herald, which is a coincidence because John Gummer has been a Director of that organ since 2005, and also regularly wrote for it for years before then, something he still does.

Admittedly, Stanford left in 1992, but he has continued to write articles and books on religious matters since. It is inconceivable that Gummer and Stanford are not aware of each other, or that they don’t move in the same circles from time to time.


Gummer needs every bit of propaganda he can get to keep the flagging global warming bandwagon on the road. Has he twisted a few arms at the Telegraph to get his chum installed to write alarmist drivel every week? 

  1. January 11, 2016 1:00 pm

    Just been speaking to a friend in Aberdeen in the last few minutes. He was totally bemused to hear Aberdeen has snow. There’s not been a snowflake in sight since boxing day, and they melted as they landed.

  2. January 11, 2016 1:05 pm

    He sounds like a complete imbecile, meteorological speaking. I used to enjoy the Eden pieces. I won’t be reading this joker’s efforts.

  3. January 11, 2016 1:06 pm

    Mr Stanford is quoting Prof Myles Allen again – what is the connection?

  4. January 11, 2016 1:11 pm

    Reminds me of my experience this past June at Kew Gardens on the ridiculous “Xtrata Treetop Walkway” which supposedly gave you treetop views of forest–horse chestnut and a couple of oaks–BORING!! So there are these “helpful” little plaques along the way to educate unwashed masses. One said: “Buds are bursting weeks earlier because of global warming.” Kid you not. Made me want to jump over the railing into the horse-chestnut below. Someone should explain “winter” to these twerps. It is the cold season between “fall” and” spring” and before or after “summer” depending on your perspective. Also in keeping with their lunacy, Kew needs to update the little branch and bud plaque to read: “global climate change” instead of “warming.”

  5. January 11, 2016 1:30 pm

    This asparagus crop sounds more like a late Autumn yield rather than a four month early Spring harvest. Like all alarmist propaganda, the spin is the story.

    • January 11, 2016 4:55 pm

      Yes, how can you tell whether it is early or late?

      I don’t know much about growing asparagus but from this BBC report it sounds like it just remains dormant in the ground until the temperature triggers growth.

      It isn’t clear exactly when this crop grew and the use of polytunnels means it’s an artificially warm micro climate.

      The farmer himself says:

      “It’s just emerged through January and presumably started growing in December.”


      • January 11, 2016 5:00 pm

        Six years ago the cold weather was stopping asparagus from growing and no doubt will again in the future:

      • January 11, 2016 10:29 pm

        Asparagus growth is a simple function of temperature.
        Warm soil temperatures promote growth and warm air temperatures continue the growth. Younger more vigorous crops have the strongest response. In the tropics growth is near continuous year round.
        Poly tunnels are an attempt to mimic this effect.
        Cold winter temperatures cool the soil and induce senescence which is the cause of seasonality.
        Full marks to the grower for creative marketing to the urban population.
        But any implication that such growth is anything other than a response to late Autumn warmth is misleading

  6. January 11, 2016 1:35 pm

    I’m not sure why you take exception to this piece Paul. What he is describing is a deeply meandering jet stream with temperatures flipping from +15 to -15. That is a very different climatic regime to one that delivers +2 and -2. OK so he hasn’t explained the underlying cause.

    And even Myles Allen is largely correct “Normal weather unchanged over generations is a thing of the past”.

    My main issue with this is that there is no such thing as normal weather unchanged over generations. That is the stuff of flat earth climate science. And we did have snow in Aberdeen – a cross country skier was out in the park. And the flood waters are beginning to freeze over. I’m looking forward to taking pics of that and ramming it down the warmists throats.

    Mean temperature, is not IMO a good metric for climate.

    • January 11, 2016 3:53 pm

      I fully agree with Euan that the mean temperature is a very crude indicator of world climate. At it simplest the earth is in radiative balance: so it is the mean of the temperatures to the 4th power that should be used to characterise the balance.

      Mean temperature seems to relate to the convective transfer from tropics to polar regions. With modern RTD temperature measurement are we now measuring the mean daily temperature rather than the mode, as measured by the old max-min thermometers?

      Can anyone point me to some science related to the jet stream: it is clearly there but is it a cause of weather or purely a result of cyclonic actions in low density air?

      • January 11, 2016 4:26 pm

        I liked this UK Met Office article. The climate we experience in the UK, esp Scotland is dependent upon the geometry and latitude of the sub-polar jet.

        Sarah Ineson et al (2011) Solar forcing of winter climate variability in the Northern Hemisphere Nature Geoscience PUBLISHED ONLINE: 9 OCTOBER 2011 | DOI: 10.1038/NGEO1282

      • John F. Hultquist permalink
        January 11, 2016 7:01 pm

        Earth’s atmosphere is heated within the low Latitudes (a really big area, and volume) and moves upward and poleward. The pole-areas are small by comparison. Thus, a lot of air has to move out. It does that by moving faster. This notion is quite old. A couple of comments:
        from The University of Illinois

        from the UK Weather On Line

        The meandering is a result of physics, laws of conservation, Coriolis effect, and more. You can look it up.

    • January 11, 2016 4:31 pm

      Apart from the fact that there is no evidence of a repeat of 1963!

  7. January 11, 2016 1:40 pm

    No mention that the “early” Asparagus was in polytunnels.
    I dare say there would have been many early crops in the past, if they had been invented.

    Sound like this guy is a rival to Nathan Rao in the Express.

    Seems to have branched out from religious topics, which I suppose is apt.

  8. January 11, 2016 2:54 pm

    Paul –
    I agree entirely with Euan that this really isn’t a warmist piece at all. It is just another move towards tabloid journalism that has been taking place at the Telegraph for quite a while – at least since Charles Moore stepped down as ed. As noted, taking a leaf out of the Daily Express weatherbook, it seems (Express headlines never cease to amuse – I wonder if they ever look at their nonsense after the event? – or perhaps it doesn’t matter, as long as it sells papers). I, also, used to admire Philip Eden’s rational and informative pieces.

  9. January 11, 2016 4:02 pm

    1963 was at the end of the last AMO warm-North-Atlantic phase, when North Atlantic sea surface temperatures were similar to today. The weather of the last 20 years may have repeated something similar to 1940-1960, hopefully some young climate scientists will do some research on this issue, and ignore the modern Holy Grail of finding “anthropogenic signals”.

    A proper journalist would ignore daft statements like the one from Myles Allen.

  10. Dave Ward permalink
    January 11, 2016 6:48 pm

    “A post delivery van is undeterred by snowy roads” (from the caption in the DT article).

    Call that a snowy road!!! Ye gods – I used to travel to work in far worse on my motorbike… Just another example of the dumbing down of everyday life.

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