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The Times They Are A Changing – Or Not!

July 9, 2016

By Paul Homewood 




I have not bothered reading Peter Stanford’s nonsense in the Sunday Telegraph, but spotted this gem today, from last week’s paper.


“How much things are changing in the UK”


Is he serious? Does he really believe that glorious summers like 1976 used to be the norm?


Perhaps if he learnt how to access the Met Office data, he discover just how little things have changed!





And to think he actually gets paid to write this rubbish.

  1. July 9, 2016 11:10 am

    ‘Those of us able to remember the summer of 76’

    There’s his problem – he has to go back 40 years to find a suitably contrasting summer.

    Case dismissed. Next!

  2. Richard Mallett permalink
    July 9, 2016 12:14 pm

    Where can I get the data from which this chart was derived ?

  3. Broadlands permalink
    July 9, 2016 12:47 pm

    Written 110 years ago…


    Frank Morris Hall, Department of Geology University of Minnesota. Dated Minneapolis, Minn., April 10, 1906.

    It is often asserted by people who have lived in a locality for many years that the climate of their region has undergone marked changes during their residence, the most common statements being that cold weather came earlier in the fall, that greater snowfall was experienced, that the thermometer registered more continuously low temperatures in years past, than at present, and that the rainfall is increasing or decreasing in amount. In the light of the modern science.of statistics these statements are open to serious question. The human organism is at best an inaccurate register of temperature, and memory is more liable to be impressed with some single manifestation of weather than with the average of weather conditions which go to make up climate. A vivid impression of a day on which the thermometer registered 40 degrees below zero is quite likely to remain in the mind for a long time, but the week of moderately cold weather which followed the cold snap and which, when averaged with the lowest temperature noted, made only average winter weather, is quite likely to be unnoticed, or, if noted at all, soon forgotten.

    • Dave N permalink
      July 11, 2016 5:39 am

      There are people that say the same thing in the present: they’re just labeled with the D word, now; using logical and factual argument against alarmists sends them into ad hominem mode.

  4. July 9, 2016 1:20 pm

    “What a washout! A British summer to forget. In the UK July was colder than average, and we had 140% of average rainfall.” A year ago. Same old, same old.

  5. dearieme permalink
    July 9, 2016 2:50 pm

    To think that the Tel replaced an interesting weatherman with this chump! Shame on ’em.

    • Bloke down the pub permalink
      July 10, 2016 5:12 pm

      I see today’s Sunday Telegraph had its weather column written by Joe Shute. Is Stanford on holiday, or is it too much to hope that he’s been given the boot?

  6. Not that Bob permalink
    July 9, 2016 3:31 pm

    “a severe drought”

    Aussie temp – touring the UK on a working vacation – in ’76:

    “Drought? What bloody drought?”

  7. daveR permalink
    July 9, 2016 6:47 pm

    There’s an excellent 2009 book by Dr. Alastair Dawson, “So Foul and Fair a Day – A History of Scotland’s Weather and Climate”, that’s jam-packed with actual evidence (perish the thought!) giving the long-term climate perspective. It’s sober reading for alarmists.

    Its foreword by former Scottish Minister for Environment, Michael Russell MSP, gives a rather belated but obligatory nod to ‘global warming’. Possibly, like his colleague, Fergus Ewing, former minister for the bizarrely-grouped ‘Business, Energy and Tourism’ portfolio, he might actually harbour proper evidence-based scepticism. Alas, of course, if this was the case, it doesn’t fit the current mega-skewed Scottish/UK political/energy zeitgeist, so out the door they went…

    It’ll be ‘interesting’ to see the results of next years .scotsgov report on fracking potential, particularly so given the recent BGS work that concluded in no foreseable problems.

    What is certain, is Scotland’s looming reliance upon electricity importation: all nuclear and coal-based generation is not being replaced – (on paper) all gone by 2023-25. Effectively, Scotland is being steered from a hundred years of net exports and self-sufficiency towards energy insecurity, guided by the pathetic nonsense now enshrined and acted within it’s self-aggrandised 2007 (beat that, anyone!) “Climate Change Declaration”.

  8. July 9, 2016 10:10 pm

    If there a French TV drama about a group of French Expats living in the UK, it would be called : A Place in the Rain.

    H/T Dead Ringers on R4

  9. daveR permalink
    July 10, 2016 12:17 am

    Scot’s gov folks – and that’s their necessary consensus – might want to get around explaining to us general public that their energy policy isn’t gonna cut it. They know that, but so blinkered and deluded they’ve become they clearly cannot admit it.

    My local MSP (Transport minister) is advocating 80% of Scots vehicular traffic to be electrically driven by 2030 in support of de-carbonisation targets. This is crap by any understanding. Words fail.

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