It’s Called Weather, Peter!
By Paul Homewood
The Telegraph’s resident
religious correspondent leading weather expert, Peter Stanford, appears surprised by the vagaries of British weather. Of course, it was only a couple of weeks ago that poor confused Peter was telling us we were in for a repeat of the big freeze of 1963!
But returning to current conditions, it needs to be recognised that the sort of mild weather we having at the moment is actually not that uncommon. The CET mean temperature reached 10.0C on Sunday, the highest temperature so far this month, but there have been 70 other occasions since 1772 when it has been as warm or warmer.
The highest January temperature of 11.6C was recorded in 1834, and again in 1932.
As for variability, the coldest day so far this month was the 16th, when the mean temperature dipped to 1.1C (hardly a repeat of 1963, Peter!). Therefore the difference between high and low for the month has been 8.9C.
As we can below, we get this sort of variability most years. Indeed, there have been many years when variability has been much more pronounced.
One of the most extreme months in modern times was in 1947, when the mean ranged from –6.4 to 10.0C. This was how the Met Office described the weather:
Now that really would have been something to write about!
I can only assume the Telegraph are employing him because he is cheap, but isn’t it time they found someone who understands weather to write the column again?