Thermal Growing Seasons In The UK
By Paul Homewood
h/t Lord Beaverbrook
Talking of early springs, DECC used to publish data on thermal growing seasons in central England. The last report was published for 2012 here. (I have asked them if they still update).
The data is based on the Central England Temperature series, and according to DECC:
And this was what the data showed:
As with so many other temperature graphs, we see that sudden rise between the mid 1980s and early 90s, since when things seem to have stabilised. Those two peaks, in 2000 and 2002, are now becoming a long distant memory, and in any event were not dissimilar to peaks in earlier years, such as 1822, 1833 and 1961.
We can also clearly see the sudden dip in trend in the 1960s and 70s. HH Lamb knew all about this, writing in his “Climate History and the Modern World” (p 274):
But, of course, the real news is that, whatever the cause, this increase in growing seasons is hugely beneficial for UK agriculture.
Not something you read too much about!